Nareit REITworks Virtual Conference Session: Best Practices for Publicly Reporting Your Company’s Social Policies

Nareit REITworks Virtual Conference Session: Best Practices for Publicly Reporting Your Company’s Social Policies

Nareit’s REITworks is an educational conference where REIT industry professionals will have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and good governance impacting the real estate sector.


Best Practices for Publicly Reporting Your Company’s Social Policies

Session Learning Objectives

  • What to report
  • Where to report it
  • How to track throughout the year
  • How to improve social responsibility scores from data scrapers
  • Tips for first time reporting



  • Kirby Brendsel, Assistant Vice President, Sustainability & ESG, Welltower
  • Mark Delisi, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
  • Kirrin Winning, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility & Community Impact, Regency Centers
  • Brenna Walraven (moderator), President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies


Date & Time

September 22, 2020

10:30 AM Eastern Time



Naireit REITworks


About Nareit

Nareit is the voice for the REIT industry among U.S policymakers, whom they inform about the important roles that REITs and REIT investment play in job creation, economic growth and the lives of millions of investors. They also are an information resource for policymakers in countries around the world that have introduced or are considering introducing REITs.

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Urban Sustainability Directors Network: Understanding and Partnering with Commercial Real Estate – a Primer for Government (by invitation only)

Urban Sustainability Directors Network: Understanding and Partnering with Commercial Real Estate – a Primer for Government (by invitation only)

CRE organizations are a key constituency for governments to consider when new initiatives are being developed, both for the energy use and floor area that Office buildings represent and for the sector’s political and financial clout. This session seeks to provide a primer on the CRE sector to governments that may be less familiar with its lingo and business practices, with an eye toward how to effectively engage CRE organizations in the policy development process. The latter part of the session will briefly explore barriers to efficiency in the sector, share ENERGY STAR resources to help overcome those barriers, and finish with open Q&A and discussion to cover any burning questions.



  • Real Estate 101 – key terminology, important business relationships, and property budgets
  • Business case & barriers for pursuing benchmarking, energy efficiency, and renewable energy
  • Approaches to engaging CRE stakeholders when developing new initiatives
  • ENERGY STAR & other key resources including for small offices
  • Q&A



  • Jack Davis, Director of Program Development, RE Tech Advisors
  • Eric Duchon, Global Head of Sustainability, LaSalle Investment Management
  • Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies



Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Registration is by invitation only.


About USDN

USDN’s mission is connecting local government practitioners to accelerate urban sustainability in U.S. and Canadian communities.

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Practical Approaches for Addressing Resiliency Risks

Practical Approaches for Addressing Resiliency Risks

presented by USGBC Green Business Summit, Greenbuild 2020


Greenbuild, the industry’s leading green building event, now offers three virtual summits in lead up to International Conference & Expo virtual event.


To kick off these expanded education offerings, the Green Business Summit will be held September 10th. At this virtual summit, thought leaders will tackle the ROI of sustainable green business, how to get buy-in and make the financial case for employee wellness programs and sustainable building as well as what commercial space looks like post COVID.


Brenna Walraven, CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies will lead the discussion on “Practical Approaches for Addressing Resiliency Risks.”


Green Business Summit Session: Practical Approaches for Addressing Resiliency Risks

According to the National Center for Environmental Information, the leading source of information on the impact of weather events, 2017 was the most expensive year on record for recorded insurance losses from climate-related disasters at more than $312.7 billion. Damages from floods, wildfires, landslides, hurricanes, and other natural disasters present real risks for the real estate industry. The risks are only expected to grow as real estate assets face sea-level rise, drought, heatwaves, water scarcity, and other effects of climate change.  Further, changing public policy around carbon reductions are increasingly driving material market transition risks. Forward-thinking real estate practitioners are focused on understanding these risks to better identify and implement solutions for adaptation and mitigation. Investors are also increasingly demanding that climate risk factors be disclosed and appropriately managed.


In this session, attendees will hear how top real estate organizations are addressing climate risk and resilience.


Presenters will discuss how climate risks impact investment decisions, investor demands for disclosure, and strategies for adaptation and mitigation. Using a case study approach, each speaker will offer strategies that include climate risk assessments, emergency and climate change preparedness plans, moving mechanical systems, backup generators, on-site renewables and storage and other resilience options under consideration. Speakers will also cover how reporting initiatives such as GRESB and the Taskforce for Carbon Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) are driving the need for better performance data and disclosure. After speaker presentations, the panel will utilize their real estate and sustainability expertise and experience to lead a facilitated discussion with the audience about resilience and climate risk.


Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the material risks for real estate assets of climate and weather-related events as well as the impacts of public policy change and market transition risks.
  • Understand how to use available resources and information to better assess the resilience of your portfolio.
  • Identify property and portfolio level strategies and solutions to improve resilience and mitigate both physical and transition risks.
  • Understand investor pressures for a better understanding of climate-related risks and reporting initiatives designed to increase disclosure.



  • Eric Duchon, Global Head of Sustainability, LaSalle Investment Management
  • John Scott, Managing Director, REMS Florida, Colliers International
  • Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies


Q & A

After the presentation, the panel will utilize their real estate and sustainability expertise and experience to lead a facilitated discussion with the audience about resilience and climate risk.


Continuing Education (CE)

1 hour


Date & Time

September 10, 2020

10:30 AM Pacific Time


Registration & Promo Code

Green Business Summit is part of the Greenbuild Virtual educational offerings.


Use GREENBUILDVIRTUAL20 to receive a 10% discount on Greenbuild educational passes.



About Greenbuild 2020

Greenbuild 2020 is all digital. The virtual format will deliver countless opportunities to connect with Greenbuild’s leading audience of decision makers at all levels including, building owners and managers, commercial and residential contractors, architects, engineers, designers, government and municipalities, utilities and more.


Since 2002, Greenbuild has been the global stage for green building innovation and the place to learn and source cutting edge solutions to improve resilience, sustainability and quality of life in our buildings, cities and communities.


#Greenbuild 2020 includes three additional one-day summits in September and October.


Greenbuild Virtual Events

Green Business Summit: September 10

Resilience Summit: October 1

Global Health & Wellness Summit: October 22

Greenbuild Conference + Expo: November 10-12

BOMA International Tops List of 100 Associations That Will Save the World

BOMA International Tops List of 100 Associations That Will Save the World

Congratulations Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International for being named one of the “100 Associations That Will Save the World” by the American Society of Associations Executives (ASAE).


BOMA was recognized for its outstanding sustainability work and is featured on as the top example for sustainability, which is attributed to BOMA’s W2 (Water and Waste) Challenge.


BOMA’s W2 Challenge

The W2 Challenge was a groundbreaking, two-year program designed to encourage buildings in the United States to benchmark water usage and waste output and implement best practices to improve performance.

The W2 Challenge focused on securing the largest and broadest participation as possible, wherein participants committed to enter water and/or waste data at least quarterly in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® over the 2018 and 2019 calendar year.  The challenge was open to all real estate sector properties, from commercial to residential to retail.

  • More than 2,000 buildings participated the United States
  • 412 cities were represented
  • 493 million square feet of property were shared with the W2 Challenge in Portfolio Manager


BOMA’s Historic Pursuit of Improved Building Performance and Sustainability

Beginning in the mid-1990s, sustainability practices gained traction in building design and construction, and programs such as Green Globes, Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED), and others aimed took aim at energy-efficiency standards for new construction.

However, there was a gap.  Once construction was complete, what strategies could building operators and managers use to make older buildings more sustainable?

Recognizing this, BOMA filled the gap with education and comparability data that would enable building operators and managers to understand, implement, and improve strategies necessary to improve performance and increase energy efficiencies.

BOMA’s tireless pursuit of improving building performance and sustainability is evident in its many programs, which have also won awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and have achieved the coveted ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence.




Visit ASAE for more information about BOMA & Sustainability: Benchmarks for W2 and Preserving ENERGY STAR as a Free and Voluntary Program and ASAE Research Foundation Case Study: BOMA Benchmarking in Pursuit of Sustainability.


Visit Facility Executives for more information about BOMA’s W2 Challenge and Champions.

The Business Case for Healthy Buildings in a Post-COVID Era

The Business Case for Healthy Buildings in a Post-COVID Era

Healthy Economy Forum by presented by USGBC


Healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy.


The impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for years to come – on the economy, on people, and on our way of life. Join Corporate Sustainability Strategies and industry leaders as we share our knowledge on “The Business Case for Healthy Buildings in a Post-COVID Era.”


The world we return to might look nothing like the one we’ve left behind. To support the global recovery, our ideas must be relevant to people and scalable across different building types, new markets and diverse contexts throughout the world. This requires new steps, discipline of measuring our progress and disruptive thinking.


USGBC is outlining a series of actions and priorities that will support the global recovery effort and leverage the power of our community to shape a healthier future for all.


Building Operations Session: The Business Case for Healthy Buildings in a Post-COVID Era




Date & Time

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

11:30 AM ET

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Healthy Economy Forum by USGBC will answer questions such as:

  • How will we build a healthier, more sustainable future for current and future generations?
  • How can we enhance our current design, construction, and operational strategies to ensure our spaces are healthy?
  • How will we remain resilient against future threats to our global health, like climate change?
  • How do we communicate the risk, health, and safety of places where people live, work, learn and play?
  • How can we ensure the trust people have in feeling safe and healthy in the spaces where they live, work, learn, and play?
  • How do we increase confidence in healthy places through planning, measurement, and recognition?
  • How do we demonstrate the health and economic impact of our spaces?
  • How will we rebuild our economy and replace unprecedented job losses around the world?
  • Which partner organizations or policymakers can join us on this vision? Who is missing from this conversation?


Full Schedule

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

11:00 AM ET Forum convenes

6:00 PM ET Forum adjourns


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

11:00 AM ET Forum convenes

6:00 PM ET Forum adjourns


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2020 Better Buildings Summit Goes Virtual

2020 Better Buildings Summit Goes Virtual

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Building Summit is now a Virtual Leadership Symposium

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.

Join us June 8-11, 2020 for 4 days of timely webinars and peer exchanges with fellow industry stakeholders and experts. The event is free to attend.


Why Participate?

  • Discover what’s next in emerging technologies, resiliency planning, and workforce development.
  • Share and discuss successful approaches utilized by Better Buildings, Better Plants partners facing the same challenges as your organization.
  • Grow your network and make connections with industry peers, technical experts, and other Better Buildings partners and Allies.
  • Explore future opportunities to achieve greater energy, water, and waste efficiency in your organization.


Who Participates?

Over the last 4 years, over 3,000 professionals from public, private, and industrial sector organizations have attended the Summit. Attendees typically include:

  • C-Suite Executives
  • Building Owners, Managers, and Operators
  • Facility and Energy Managers
  • Leaders, Policy Advisors, Decision Makers
  • Sustainability Directors
  • Engineers
  • City Managers and Officials

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