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Friday, October 21 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Is Sustainability a Business Imperative? (CS-10)

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Too often, sustainability is viewed as a non-essential tack-on to daily operations. Current market trends, where investors scrutinize the sustainability performance of real estate assets and tenants increasingly demand green space, suggest an urgent need to change this way of thinking. This change is particularly important as studies continue to verify that sustainability enhances asset value by both controlling expenses and increasing revenue.

In this panel discussion, we will examine these market dynamics. We will debate whether considering sustainability is in fact part of the fiduciary duty of third-party property managers when determining how to meet owners’ investment goals for real estate assets. We will also discuss how property managers can add sustainability to their business offerings.

After this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify the primary sustainability trends impacting the investment real estate market
  • Explain how these sustainability trends create both risk and opportunity
  • Describe how to start and scale a portfolio-wide sustainability program


Moderators
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John Klein

Principal, JDM Associates
John Klein has over 40 years of experience blending real estate, construction, engineering, financial, energy, and environmental issues to enhance property values and advance the sustainable buildings market. He currently provides strategy and direction to the largest owners of real estate, managers, developers, and associations on financial, energy and environmental performance issues – these include TIAA-CREF, Principal, Prudential... Read More →

Speakers
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David Devos

Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Director of Sustainability, PGIM
As the Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Director of Sustainability for PGIM Real Estate, David leads PREI®’s Global Sustainability Council and oversees its regional Councils in the Americas, Asia and Europe. While working to improve the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of a diversified global real estate portfolio, he created metrics and tools for property, asset and portfolio managers to help them improve... Read More →
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Sara Neff

LEED AP, Kilroy Realty Corporation
Sara Neff is the Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation. At Kilroy, she oversees all sustainability initiatives such as the implementation of energy and water efficiency projects throughout the portfolio, the recycling and green cleaning program, all LEED certifications, electric vehicle charging station installations, and the greening of building and construction standards. | | Sara is Chair of the Board of... Read More →
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Kelly Vickers

LEED Green Associate, National Director of Sustainability, Alliance Residential Company, AMO
Kelly Vickers is the National Director of Sustainability for Alliance Residential Company – the largest multifamily developer and 7th largest management company in the country. Ms. Vickers is responsible for developing Alliance’s sustainability program, known as Focus Green, from the ground up - writing the company’s sustainability policy and best practices, implementing sustainability initiatives and reporting, and embedding... Read More →
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Dan Winters, CRE

Head of North America, GRESB
Mr. Winters has responsibility for furthering GRESB’s international scope by engaging institutional investors throughout North America, establishing industry partnerships, and expanding GRESB coverage among REITs and private equity firms.  | | GRESB is an industry-driven organization committed to assessing the sustainability performance of real estate portfolios around the globe. Institutional investors use this dynamic benchmark to... Read More →



Friday October 21, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Sapphire DH

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