ESG and the New Administration's Impact on CRE
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Sustainability and climate change are at the forefront of every business environment today. Now, the new administration’s plan specifically requires the reduction of carbon emissions contributed by buildings – including subsequent consequences for continued polluters. States and cities are also following suit with their own carbon reduction requirements and associated penalties for non-compliant assets. Further, capital market demands from the world’s leading pension funds and investors are demanding ESG and actively divesting from non-sustainable investments.
CRE professionals must have clear plans with data-backed proven results to stay competitive and thrive in today’s evolving market.
This webcast will discuss how leading CRE owners and operators can leverage ESG strategies to drive portfolio value. Learn how clearly demonstrating real carbon reduction can drive your portfolio management strategies for economic recovery in 2021 and long-term portfolio resilience. And you will also learn:
- Insights into the ESG macrotrends (federal/state/local) that directly impact CRE
- How ESG is already gaining momentum and becoming a priority for capital markets and investors
- How leading CRE owners/investors are successfully achieving real impact through energy savings and carbon reduction solutions
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Eric Smith | EVP of Business Development | L&B Realty Advisors
Mr. Smith leads the business development group and is responsible for strategic relationships, strategy and product development for L&B’s separate account and fund strategies and is a member of the Management Committee. He has held various positions within the firm over 20 years, most recently having led the office/industrial asset management group, overseeing investment performance for $3.5 billion in office and industrial assets. Mr. Smith has extensive acquisitions, dispositions, loan negotiation and valuation experience over 26 years of commercial property investment experience.
JJ Steeley | CMO | Carbon Lighthouse | Webcast Moderator
JJ Steeley is the CMO & EVP of Sales and Marketing at Carbon Lighthouse. She leads sales, channel development, and marketing, ensuring tight alignment across all revenue-generating functions. Prior to Carbon Lighthouse, JJ was on the growth team for Commune Hotels + Resorts, an opportunistic hotel company formed in the Global Financial Crisis, that had a successful exit to Hyatt. She served as a strategy consultant for dozens of major companies, including NBC Universal and Google. Steeley brings over 20 years of marketing experience across the hospitality, tech, and CPG industries. She graduated summa cum laude from UC Berkeley.
Joe Ward | Vice President | Investments and Asset Management| Ohana Real Estate
Joe is responsible for the execution of a wide variety of asset management assignments including product and market strategy, performance monitoring and optimization, capital management, financial planning, and reporting. Joe has over 12 years of hotel finance experience with Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Prior to joining Ohana, Joe held senior leadership roles with multiple brands in several hospitality environments, including convention, city, suburban, and resort hotels. Joe also has experience working in international markets, having worked in Australia and southeast Asia. Joe graduated from The University of Maryland at College Park with a BS in Finance.