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.
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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.
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute to the upcoming book, “Optimizing Community Infrastructure: Resilience in the Face of Shocks and Stresses.” This book is edited by Ryan Colker, Vice President, Innovation at International Code Council and Executive Director of Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR), a national coalition working to provide communities with the tools necessary to holistically assess and improve their resilience.
Optimizing Community Infrastructure: Resilience in the Face of Shocks and Stresses examines the resilience measures being deployed within individual disciplines and sectors and how multi-stakeholder efforts can catalyze action to address global challenges in preparedness and disaster and hazard mitigation. The book provides a theoretical framework to advance thinking on creating resilient, inclusive, sustainable and safe communities. Users will find an accurate and up-to-date guide for working on the development, implementation, monitoring and assessment of policies, programs and projects related to community resilience.
- Provides updated information on resilience, especially on infrastructure, finance, land use, standards and policies
- Includes case studies that illustrate how communities have increased their resilience to natural and other disasters
- Analyzes the institutional, political, social and economic dimensions of resilience at the community level
- Illustrates the interdependencies and interconnectedness of infrastructure systems and how community resilience relies on a holistic approach
- Examines responses to emerging risks associated with climate change
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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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., (April 12, 2019) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored ENERGY STAR partners for their outstanding contributions to public health and the environment on April 11, 2019.
Awardees are comprised of Fortune 500 companies, commercial building owners and operators, and more. Winners have demonstrated national leadership in cost-saving energy efficient solutions.
Corporate Sustainability Strategies is proud to announce clients Hudson Pacific Properties, LBA Realty, and USAA Real Estate received honors. Hudson Pacific Properties and LBA Realty are first time winners and USAA Real Estate is seventeen-time winner for Partner of the Year for leadership and sustained excellence in energy management – the most for any real estate company.
“It’s an honor and privilege to work with such great organizations and leaders,” said Brenna Walraven, CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies, Inc. “These firms demonstrate what the business case for sustainability and energy efficiency looks like – finding new ways to save money, making their properties more comfortable, and more efficient, which in turn is better for tenants, employees, investors, and the environment.”
For more than 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been the United States’ resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions – all through voluntary action. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid $30 billion in energy costs.
Read more about the ENERGY STAR Awards and Award Winners’ achievements.
About ENERGY STAR: ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions.
For more information, visit www.energystar.gov.
About Corporate Sustainability Strategies: Corporate Sustainability Strategies (CSS) is an independent commercial real estate sustainability and operations consulting firm, passionate about results. Services are client-centric, focused on driving enhanced financial, environmental, social and governance outcomes by designing and implementing cost effective sustainability strategies. Cumulatively, CSS clients represent over $100B in Assets under Managements and 500M sf of real estate. To date, client savings exceeds $30M. Clients include office, industrial, retail, multi-family, hotel, storage, healthcare, and development asset types.
For more information, visit www.corporatesustainabilitystrategies.com.
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