ULI’s Financing for Sustainable Real Estate Projects Moderated by Brenna Walraven

ULI’s Financing for Sustainable Real Estate Projects Moderated by Brenna Walraven

Corporate Sustainability Strategies is pleased to announce Brenna Walraven is moderating Financing for Sustainable Real Estate Projects: Resources & Results for Urban Land Institute (ULI).

About the Webinar

As the business case for sustainable investments in real estate has grown, capital market entrepreneurs have developed new tools and strategies to finance real estate energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The third in ULI’s Responsible Property Investment Council’s (RPIC) webinar series, this one-hour webinar will provide an overview of some of the new tools helping developers get access to low-interest capital to finance sustainable new developments and energy efficiency property retrofits.

Panelists will discuss:

  • New lower interest “Green mortgages”
  • efficiency-as-a-service contracts, and
  • Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs, as well as
  • some traditional finance tools that can be used to improve the economics of sustainable real estate project investments


  • Rachel Davis, Business Development Officer, Petros PACE Finance
  • Joe Indvik, Founder & Principal, Rock Creek Consulting LLC
  • Chrissa Pagitsas, Director, Green Financing Business, Fannie Mae
  • Brenna Walraven (moderator), President & CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies, Inc.

Date & Time

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
1:00-2:00 PM EDT

Learn more about ULI’s webinar here.

About RPIC

The Responsible Property Investment Council (RPIC) aims to accelerate adoption and firmly embed “triple bottom line” principles as a core part of any real estate investment strategy and decision making process. What distinguishes the council is a proactive intent to deploy capital that generates risk adjusted market rate returns while creating social and/or environmental value. The Council focuses on a people-centered approach to real estate investment.  Council conversations and presentations delve into the links between resource use, cutting edge technology and building practices, protection of the natural environment and improvement in the lives of people, all of which serve to create robust economic returns.

Learn more about RPIC here.

About ULI

Urban Land Institute is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members.  Nearly 40,000 members worldwide, represent the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service.  A multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.

Learn more about ULI here.

Brenna Walraven to Speak at National Multifamily Housing Council Sustainability Fireside Chat

Brenna Walraven to Speak at National Multifamily Housing Council Sustainability Fireside Chat

Corporate Sustainability Strategies is pleased to announce Brenna Walraven has been asked by National Multifamily Housing Council to speak at its Spring Board of Directors Meeting in Dallas, TX.  May 10 at 1:00 PM, Walraven will moderate the General Session Sustainability Fireside Chat.

About Sustainability Fireside Chat

Sustainability, broadly defined to include environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are increasingly becoming important investment considerations across the entire real estate investment sector and marketplace.  The multifamily industry has embraced efficient building efforts and utility management but has been slower focus on the broader importance of having a sustainability strategy and execution in terms of financial risk and governance. Panelists will discuss the business case for sustainability approaches that improve financial performance and reduce risk.


  • Nils Kok, Founder of GRESB and Chief Economist for GeoPhy
  • Michael Kirby, Invesco
  • Alan George, Chief Investment Officer, Equity Residential
  • Moderator – Brenna Walraven, CEO for Corporate Sustainability Strategies

About NMHC Spring Board of Directors Meeting

NMHC Spring Board of Directors Meeting brings together senior apartment executives from the industry’s leading firms. This meeting provides Executive Committee and Board members with an invaluable opportunity to candidly share information and insight on issues of common interest. Learn more about NMHC Spring Board of Directors Meeting here.

About NMHC

NMHC is the place where the leaders of the apartment industry come together to guide their future success. With the industry’s most prominent and creative leaders at the helm, NMHC provides a forum for insight, advocacy and action that enable both members and the communities they build to thrive. Learn more about NMHC here.

BOMI High Performance Building Investments (HP3) Course

BOMI High Performance Building Investments (HP3) Course

The Building Owners & Managers Institute International or BOMI will be presenting their High Performance Sustainable Buildings program.  Brenna Walraven will be teaching and mentoring during these courses.

The program consists of three courses:

  • High Performance Sustainable Buildings – Investments (HP3) will be held Feb 14-16, 2018, at Oracle Corporate Head Quarters.
  • High Performance Sustainable Buildings – Practices (HP2) was held Oct 18-20, 2017
  • High Performance Sustainable Buildings – Principles (HP1) was held August 24-26, 2017

While being hosted by Oracle, it is open to the public.  For more information, please visit the BOMI website at www.bomi.org.

Why Smart-Building Wellness Programs Are Smart

Why Smart-Building Wellness Programs Are Smart

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“Walraven says we’re only at the beginning of a massive technological shift in the CRE history, and smart buildings and wellness are just beginning to catch on.”

Smart-building wellness programs are about employee and tenant comfort, which leads to increased productivity and more profitability for everyone, panelists on Realcomm’s Smart Building Wellness webinar told attendees Tuesday. The webinar demonstrated how technology plays a major role in healthy intelligent buildings and best practices for a wellness program.

How to Recover Your Investments in Sustainability at Boston Greenbuild

How to Recover Your Investments in Sustainability at Boston Greenbuild

“All In” encompasses the breadth of the sustainability and green building movement. Capturing all people, all sectors, all industries, all buildings, all cities and so much more, this theme welcomes everyone to grow as green building champions, and to do so at Greenbuild. When we come together at Greenbuild, we are one community of professionals, advocates and practitioners, students and teachers, designers and builders, and everything in between.

We are all in. We invite people from every walk of life, from all over the globe, to learn with us and to help elevate green building principles and practices to the next level. “All In” also describes the depth of commitment we feel to our community and to our mission. We leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of what’s next — new technology, new ideas and new ways forward.

We are dedicated to transforming the market and changing the way the people all over the world experience buildings. We are all in.

Brenna Walraven will be presenting, “How to Recover Your Investments in Sustainability” at the 2017 Greenbuild Boston Education Program!

A08 : How to Recover Your Investments in Sustainability
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Triple Bottom Line Valuation Methods

Triple Bottom Line Valuation Methods

Urban Land Institute – Responsible Property Investing Council – will be hosting an October 25th panel in Los Angeles on Triple Bottom Line Valuation Methods.

Triple Bottom Line Cost-Benefit Analysis (TBL-CBA) is not a new concept, but moving it from the peripheral discussions to mainstream practice in real estate transactions has seemed an elusive goal. Challenges have ranged from the cost and complexity of assumptions – often reliant on consultant-heavy, custom-built assessments for each project – to the willingness of investors to consider these benefits in financial decisions.

Now, new tools like Autocase, help streamline and standardize the analysis, and major users like Prologis are demonstrating how this data can be used to benefit their business and support decision making. Meanwhile, investors (like Principal and TH Real Estate) are beginning to incorporate these considerations in their valuations.

This panel will discuss ways in which institutional investors like Prologis are evaluating new means for capturing, analyzing and measuring broader ESG impacts.  Chris Pyke also provide perspective from not only his work at Aclima but also his work at GRESB talking with institutional investors globally around  ESG and health and wellness issues.

  • What lessons can be learned from these experiences, and what are the continued challenges?
  • What opportunities exist to improve these tools and scale their use even further?
  • Hear three perspectives, provide feedback on these examples, and suggest additional ways to advance this discussion with wider audiences of ULI members.

The key goal of the session is to spend 20-25 minutes laying out these concepts and then 35-40 minutes discussing these as a group.

  • Moderator(s):
    • Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies (fm)
  • Speaker(s):
    • Jeannie-Renne Malone, VP, Sustainability, Prologis
    • Eric Bill, Principal Consultant, Autocase
    • Chris Pyke, Chief Strategy Officer, Aclima
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