RealFoundations Facilitates NAREIT Leader in the Light Working Forum


January 2015 | Reston, VA - The 2015 NAREIT® Leader in the Light Working Forum was held at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA January 21-22, 2015. The Working Forum is a hands-on collaborative workshop that provides NAREIT corporate members the opportunity to advance the sustainability conversation, and to better understand leading sustainability practices among their peers. Over 75 attendees representing a cross-section of the real estate industry, including 38 from NAREIT corporate member organizations, participated in the event. The agenda for this year’s Working Forum reflected the prominence that “Capital’s Perspective” is gaining in the area of sustainability in real estate. Several respected speakers and panel members, representing Calvert Investments, Deutsche Bank, BAML (Bank of America Merrill Lynch), Bloomberg L.P., GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark), SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board), DoE (Department of Energy), Carbon War Room and IMT (Institute for Market Transformation) discussed a wide range of topics, including SRI Capital, Green Bonds, Sustainability Reporting, etc. Several NAREIT corporate members, such as Vornado, Regency and Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management shared their perspectives as well. And, as is the norm at the Working Forums, every discussion had its fair share of audience participation—making it one of the most successful gatherings of sustainability leaders from the real estate industry.

Sheldon Groner, NAREIT’s EVP of Finance and Operations, termed the event a “resounding success.” “The exemplary support and participation of our members is a testimony to the importance of the topic of sustainability in real estate. As always, NAREIT is pleased to host the Working Forum,” said Sheldon. David Stanford, RealFoundations’ Founder and Executive Managing Director, added, "The 2015 Working Forum provided us with the opportunity to hear from the industry leaders who are connecting the dots between sustainability and capital markets. RealFoundations is proud to have facilitated this conversation for NAREIT and its members.”

For the fifth year in row, the 2015 NAREIT Leader in the Light Working Forum was facilitated by RealFoundations, a professional services firm focused on helping real estate enterprises around the globe run better. RealFoundations also coordinated speakers’ participation and the development of agenda in close collaboration with NAREIT and the 2015 Working Forum Program Directors, representing Vornado Realty Trust, Brandywine Realty Trust, The Macerich Company and Kimco Realty.

For additional information, please contact Alok Singh Director RealFoundations alok.singh@realfoundations.net +1 949 258 4004

About RealFoundations RealFoundations is a professional services firm focused on the real estate industry. With offices on four continents, 250 client-serving professionals and delivery capabilities in China and India, RealFoundations provides Management Consulting, Managed Services and Energy Solutions to developers, owners/operators, service providers, institutional investors and corporate occupiers. From the building itself to the way it is used, operated and financed, no firm understands the inner workings of the entire real estate ecosystem as well as RealFoundations. We Make Real Estate Run Better.

About NARIET NAREIT®, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts®, is the worldwide representative voice for REITs and publicly traded real estate companies with an interest in U.S. real estate and capital markets. NAREIT’s members are REITs and other businesses throughout the world that own, operate, and finance income-producing real estate, as well as those firms and individuals who advise, study, and service those businesses.