About Us

Corporate Sustainability Strategies, Inc. (CSS) provides expert consulting services centered on driving investor returns by designing and implementing cost effective and value creating sustainability strategies. CSS can support an existing program that is not maximizing potential or create one based on a proven model with a strategic focus.Companies may have dipped their toe in the water of sustainability and have achieved an Energy Star Label, or perhaps even a LEED certification. These are great tactical actions and provide advantages. However Corporate Sustainability Strategies takes sustainability to the next level by developing an over-arching strategy that integrates sustainability into the way organizations do business. 
A well-defined and established Sustainability program as a fully embedded part of its overall business model can have a meaningful impact on:

  • Bottom Line Performance
  • Brand Enhancement
  • Resident Engagement, Attraction, Retention
  • Operating Margins
  • Investor Engagement, Attraction, Retention
  • Integrated Governance and Leadership
  • Value Creation
Brenna Walraven

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Master of Business Administration (MBA) – University of Southern California (USC)

Bachelor of Arts – Economics – University of Southern California (USC)

 

AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

BOMA International, Fellow

Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), CPM® Designation

BOMI International, RPA® Designation

Member of Urban Land Institute – Responsible Property Investing Council

Member of US Green Building Council (USGBC)

Brenna S. Walraven,
CPM®, RPA®, BOMA Fellow

AREA OF EXPERTISE

BRENNA WALRAVEN IS INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AS AN INNOVATIVE AND DYNAMIC LEADER IN THE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY.  FOR OVER 28 YEARS, SHE HAS EXCELLED AT LEADING LARGE AND DIVERSE REAL ESTATE ORGANIZATIONS AND SERVING SOME OF THE MOST DISCRIMINATING INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS.

BRENNA FOUNDED CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGIES (CSS), A FIRM DEDICATED TO PROVIDING BEST PRACTICE SOLUTIONS TO REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT THROUGH THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, INNOVATION, HARD WORK, AND THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE.  CSS’S EXPERIENCED TEAM MEMBERS HELP OUR CLIENTS DEVELOP AND EXECUTE SOLID REAL ESTATE STRATEGIES IN THE AREAS OF ASSET MANAGEMENT, PROPERTY AND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, SUSTAINABILITY, AND ADVISORY SERVICES.

Experience includes roles as Head of Property Operations, Portfolio Manager among others, providing strategic leadership for a $12B, 100 million square foot national, multi-sector real estate portfolio reporting to the CEO.

Brenna served on California Governor Schwarzenegger’s Real Estate Leadership Council and has testified before Congress on issues of energy efficiency and sustainability.  Brenna has been a public speaker for over 15 years, writes regularly for BOMA International, Journal of Commercial Real Estate, Urban Land Institute among other publications.  In addition, as an accomplished author, a sought-after speaker, and a talented instructor, Brenna thoroughly enjoys helping firms and teams be the best they can be in the real estate industry.  

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International

  • BOMA Fellow, Inaugural Class (2012)
  • Former Chair & Chief Elected Officer,  BOMA International – 1st woman in 100+year history of organization
  • Former Chair and Founding Member, BOMA Energy Efficiency Program development, relaunch & development of BEEP for Industrial, BEEP for Clean Tech, BEEP Advanced Metering & Monitoring
  • Founding Member, BOMA Energy Performance Contract Model Toolkit Task Force and Development of same
  • Founding Member, BOMA International Sustainability Task Force

Building Owners and Managers Institute International

  • Executive editor and Subject Matter Expert in the development of BOMI’s High Performance Buildings curriculum development

Real Estate Roundtable

  • RER Board Member (2007/2008)
  • Vice Chair of the Sustainability Policy Advisory Council (SPAC)
  • Member of RER SPAC – 2000 to present

Real Estate Forum’s 65th Anniversary

  • Honoree for The Next generation of leaders

SASB LogoBrenna participates in a variety of industry-related panel discussions and speaking engagements throughout the year.  In addition, she was asked to participate in the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) real estate industry working group to develop sustainability disclosure.

BBA_logoBrenna Walraven participates as a member of the DOE’s Better Building Alliance (BBA) Commercial Real Estate Steering Committee.

Better Buildings creates tools, resources, and initiatives that help push the market towards greater adoption of energy efficiency and sustainability. Brenna advocates for the Better Buildings platform to industry peers and help to recruit new members or review resources under development by the Better Buildings Solutions Teams.

ACEEE_logoBrenna is serving as an advisory committee to make sure the best content on EE Financing is put forth at the the ACEEE EE Financing Forum.

For nearly a decade, the Energy Efficiency Finance Forum has brought together practitioners, researchers, energy producers, and consumers to explore innovative models for deploying capital in efficiency markets.

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