With the increasing public focus on climate change and its impacts, new policies affecting building energy performance, and pressure from investors, real estate organizations recognize the strong business case for incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their normal business operations. In addition, strong returns from utility savings, tenant demand, new opportunities to access capital, and other value-creation opportunities are spurring investment in sustainability and energy efficiency.
Building on the leading sustainability work that Greenprint member organizations have been implementing since 2009, ULI Greenprint developed The ULI Blueprint for Green Real Estate to support real estate owners and investors looking to develop or accelerate a sustainability program.
Join ULI Greenprint and ULI experts for a series of webinars that aim to shift real estate portfolios toward net-zero energy, water, and waste in a way that creates both short- and long-term financial value. Similar to the Blueprint report, the webinars are laid out to support a firm’s sustainability lead in building a holistic program from the ground up, starting with data collection and building a team, to addressing topics like climate adaptation and resilience, health and wellness, and social impacts.
This four-session educational series is presented in one-hour topical segments by the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance.
22, 12:00-1:00pm ET, Building the Foundation of a Sustainability Program
26, 12:00-1:00pm ET, Best Practices in Sustainable New Construction
19, 12:00-1:00pm ET, Financing and Implementing Quick
Sustainability Wins and Deep Green Retrofits in Existing Buildings
- April 23, 12:00-1:00pm ET, The Evolution of Sustainability Programs: From Energy Efficiency to Health, Resilience, and Zero
Elena Daniel is Vice President of ESG & Corporate Affairs for CenterPoint Properties. She is responsible for overseeing corporate affairs and environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. In her role, Elena administers the corporate Responsible Contractor Program (RCP) and advises on union and labor participation in development projects. She also heads CenterPoint’s energy optimization and green initiatives. With over 19 years in the development, construction, investment and asset management industry, Elena has also held leadership positions with Lendlease and Cushman & Wakefield. Elena received her MBA from Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, and has completed executive education with INSEAD – World School of Business Executive Leadership Program and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. As an active member of the business community, Elena also serves as Board of Directors for the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Roosevelt University – Heller School of Management Alumni Board and is a member of the American Marketing Association, United States Green Building Council, Illinois Green Alliance and Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance.
Mr. Flaherty joined Tishman Speyer in 2007 and oversees global sustainability, energy, telecom and smart building efforts for the company. In this role, he manages sustainability certifications, investor communications, worldwide performance tracking, procurement strategy and technological innovation implementation. Mr. Flaherty joined Tishman Speyer as part of the Leadership Development Program and has held various roles with the company, including in asset management and portfolio management for New York. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a legislative aide for Senator Schumer in Washington, DC. Mr. Flaherty is on the board of directors for the Building Energy Exchange and is a team leader for the ACE Mentor Program. He holds a BA in political science from Kenyon College, and an MBA and MSUP from Columbia University.