Historically, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals reflected a company’s public relations strategy, primarily driven by investor demands and not central to the success of their business and brand. Those days may be fast disappearing as resident and employee prospects are also making decisions based on how they feel about the company brand as it relates to corporate social responsibility, diversity of leadership, and commitment to environmental principles.
Relative benchmarking platforms, like GRESB, improve both multifamily companies’ and investors’ ability to reveal ESG performance over time while also providing transparency and insight into industry standard practices. This expanding practice area will require due diligence on a provider’s data standards and methodologies to identify the right ESG reporting framework.
Hear from companies who are leaning in to their ESG goals and why it matters to your bottom line. Join Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, for Corporate Sustainability Strategies, as she moderates National Multifamily Housing Council’s OPTECH Conference session: The Real Deal: Why an Authentic ESG Reporting Strategy Matters.
- Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies, Inc.
- Brad Dockser, Chief Executive Officer, Green Generation
- Jason McIntyre, Director of Sustainability and Operations, USAA Real Estate
- Brian Trainor, Senior Associate, Global Strategy & Investment ESG, Heitman
Date & Time
November 12, 2019
About National Multifamily Housing Council OPTECH Conference & Expo
NMHC OPTECH Conference & Expo offers an unparalleled educational and networking environment with exclusive peer-to-peer roundtables, property and revenue management workshops, and cutting edge content and speakers. Explore new operations and technology-related products and services in the robust exhibit hall.
Who Attends? Open to NMHC members and non-members, the conference is geared toward decision-making executives. Over 1,000 CEOs, COOs, CTOs, CIOs, VPs, etc. attend.
Learn more and register.
An event for leading facilities management professionals, the goal of the event is to help make your facilities more energy efficient, effective and improve your company’s bottom line.
We are excited to announce Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, for Corporate Sustainability Strategies, is chairing and heading the 2020 Energy Manager Summit. This all-encompassing event is focused strictly on energy and how to gain efficiency. The agenda is packed with tons of out-of-the-box sessions designed to elevate the conversation from engaging to actionable, networking opportunities to build on professional relationships, and an intimate setting to learn and exchange in both private and group meetings.
This event brings top suppliers and solution providers together with Energy Management Professionals for 3.5 days of high-level information sharing that will impact the way energy is consumed in commercial buildings.
- Internet of Things innovations
- Smart software strategies
- Data analytics and how to finance energy efficiency projects
Exchange – Boardroom presentations with vendors offering trends and technology to improve energy efficiency and building performance.
Engage – 1-to-1 meetings with leading manufacturers & service providers.
Learn – Keynote and panel discussions give you the opportunity to learn from leading experts in energy management and building operations.
Network – Share best practices with your peers and build relationships that will last long after the event.
This is FULLY HOSTED EVENT for approved attendees. In appreciation for time spent out of office, attendees will receive complimentary airfare, lodging, meals, registration costs, and best of all a stellar CEU educational curriculum.
Commercial real estate is hungry to create value in their asset portfolio. It’s easy to get lost in the alphabet soup of industry programs, jargon, and acronyms. Find out what’s hot, what’s not, and what is going to give you the best ROI on your time and effort!
Keynote speakers are sought-after industry experts, Brenna Walraven, President and CEO at Corporate Sustainability Strategies, Inc. and Craig Sheehy of President/CEO of Envision Realty Services, Inc. Both work with some of the most discriminating institutional investors to develop and implement strategies in areas of real estate operations, asset management, investor engagement, and sustainability. Each has made substantial contributions to BOMA on a national level, but the depth of their experience goes well-beyond our association and includes contributions to State and National committees related to building efficiency and sustainability.
October 16, 2019
Corporate Sustainability Strategies is pleased to announce Brenna Walraven has been asked by The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to speak at the 2019 Better Buildings Summit. Walraven was selected because she has demonstrated leadership and forward thinking in energy efficiency, sustainability, and resiliency for the real estate industry.
Learn how local governments can work with private building owners to ensure the resilience of their building stock. Commercial real estate fund and asset managers will share how investment decision-making around resilience is informing investments in commercial developments. Local government representatives will share their organizational strategies to enhance community resilience. Enjoy a lively facilitated discussion between private and public Better Buildings Challenge partners! This session is part 2 of 2 in a series around public and private sectors working together to meet resilience needs.
- Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando, FL (LinkedIn)
- Eric Friedman, Director, Leading by Example Program, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (LinkedIn)
- Marta Schantz, Senior Vice President, Greenprint Center for Building Performance Urban Land Institute (LinkedIn)
- Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Solutions (LinkedIn | Twitter)
Date and Time
Wednesday, July 10
About U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Summit
The 2019 Summit will be held in the Washington, D.C. metro area (Arlington, VA) July 10-11, with pre-conference activities starting on July 9. This annual event for Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners and other key stakeholders provides the opportunity for professionals to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies in energy and water efficiency. Attendees can expect two days of interactive sessions with industry experts and market leaders as well as many opportunities to network with peers.
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Corporate Sustainability Strategies is pleased to announce Brenna Walraven selected to participate as an industry leader for BOMA’s Water and Waste Challenge (W2): Elevating Sustainability to the Next Level discussion at the 2019 Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Annual Conference and Expo.
Session Date and Time
Monday, June 24
9:30 – 10:30 AM
Salt Lake Convention Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
About BOMA Annual Conference and Expo
Every Building Needs Its Hero, Every Hero Needs BOMA
Prepare for an event that will take your career to the next level. Meet the most important people in commercial real estate on June 22–25, 2019. See the latest innovative products and services designed to make your building run more efficiently and get your tenancy to max capacity. You’ll learn from the best by day, with plenty of opportunities for evening networking. In just three days, you’ll gain the momentum you need to optimize your building operations and elevate your career.
For more information visit www.bomaconvention.org.
About BOMA International
BOMA is a federation of U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge.
BOMA is a primary source of information on building management and operations, development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics, technological developments and other industry trends.
For more information about BOMA visit www.boma.org.
As one of the highest rated speakers at U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2018 Better Buildings Summit, Brenna Walraven of Corporate Sustainability Strategies will be speaking on highlights of Investor-Oriented Sustainability Insights for Commercial Real Estate. Additional presentations by other highly rated speakers includes Building a Next Generation Workforce for Next Generation Buildings and Transition Planning for Energy Managers
- Building a Next Generation Workforce for Next Generation Buildings by Richie Stever, University of Maryland Medical Center
- Transition Planning for Energy Managers by Matthew Pekar, United Technologies Corporation
- Investor-Oriented Sustainability Insights by Brenna Walraven, Corporate Sustainability Strategies (LinkedIn | Twitter)
Date and Time
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
3:00-4:00 PM ET
About U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Summit
This year’s Summit was held in conjunction with the Energy Exchange and brought together leaders from the federal, commercial, education, state, and local government sectors to share best practices in energy and water efficiency, integrated resilience, and emerging technologies.
Learn more about DOE’s Better Buildings Summit here.