Global Real Estate – The Green Building Adoption Index
On June 11, 2015 at 10am PDT, Meeting of the Minds, together with CBRE and GRESB, will host a live webinar on the topic of the Green Building Adoption Index.
In the face of growing concerns about the impact of the built environment on the environment, the commercial real estate industry is facing increasing pressure to adopt and demonstrate better energy and sustainability practices. In the absence of other measurements, EPA Energy Star and USGBC LEED programs have gained considerable traction. Our interest was in understanding the supply of this new type of real estate—“green” buildings—in the market. To do this we developed the Green Building Adoption Index which shows the uptake of Energy Star and LEED certified space in the top 30 US markets over the past decade. New data will be revealed during this month’s webinar. The results are quite dramatic and taken together tell an interesting story about where and what type real estate is responding.
Global Director of Corporate Responsibility
As Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, Dave Pogue oversees CBRE’s development, implementation and reporting for all aspects of corporate social responsibility, including environmental stewardship, community engagement and corporate giving.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Pogue led sustainability programs for CBRE’s property and facilities management portfolio around the globe, managing the development, introduction and implementation of a wide-ranging platform of sustainable practices and policies. His leadership in this area produced an award-winning sustainability platform leveraging thought leadership, service delivery and industry associations to raise worldwide green building standards. Program achievements included development of CBRE’s $1 million Real Green Research Challenge; aggressive endorsement of the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® program; introduction of the Green Knights program; delivery of co-branded BOMA BEEP training to more than 15,000 attendees; and recognition as the first manager of commercial property to certify more than 300 buildings in the LEED® for Existing Buildings rating system. CBRE was also ranked in Newsweek’s list of the 500 greenest companies in the U.S. since the award’s inception, honored by the EPA as a seven-time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council® with the Leadership Award for Organizational Excellence.
CEO & Founder
Nils Kok is the CEO and co-founder of GRESB, the leading global benchmark for portfolio-level sustainability assessment of real estate companies and funds.
Nils also holds a position as an associate professor in Finance and Real Estate at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. His work on pension funds, commercial real estate, and energy efficiency and sustainability has appeared in leading academic journals as well as in financial and economics media.
He is a frequent speaker at industry and academic conferences, and actively shares his expertise through workshops with investment practitioners and policy makers. More information at www.gresb.com and at www.nilskok.com.