Jan. 25 — Feb. 5, 2021
Event description

The ESG JumpStart Workshop: 2021 Webinar Series, open exclusively to Nareit corporate members, will provide the opportunity to learn from the experience of peers and subject matter experts who have successfully developed and initiated an ESG program for a REIT. The workshop will feature a total of six 90-minute educational webinars and two virtual open office hour sessions held Jan. 25-Feb. 5.

The ESG JumpStart Workshop: 2021 Webinar Series programming is relevant to many roles at a REIT. Last year’s workshop attendees represented 78 REITs and included CIOs, SVPs of investor relations, marketing specialists, and many others. The workshop program will cover topics such as:

  • How to start reporting on ESG performance
  • Climate action and resilience for real estate companies
  • Managing corporate resources for ESG
  • Measuring and tracking ESG performance 
  • And much more.

Please click here to register for the full series or a single webinar. Once registered, you will receive the recording of your selected webinar(s).

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Webinar #1: Organizational Change and How to Start an Effective ESG Program

Date: Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST

Instructor: Michael Chang, Director-Energy & Sustainability, Host Hotels & Resorts; Emily Paciolla, Sustainability Manager, Federal Realty Investment Trust

Learn how to start a successful and resilient sustainability program. Instructors will cover what ESG issues mean in the REIT industry, how to effectively navigate internal and external collaboration, short term and long-term goal setting, and best practices for managing corporate resources for ESG. This webinar will also provide step-by-step instructions for a ESG materiality analysis.

Webinar #2: Environmental Initiatives: The Importance of Data Management

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST

Instructors: Kelly Meisner, Director of Sustainability, Ventas; Eric Abramson, Sr. Customer Success Manager, Measurabl

Data is an important—but daunting—aspect of managing an effective ESG program. The instructors will share lessons learned from setting environmental goals and initiatives ESG data management, including which metrics you should be monitoring and an overview of environmental management systems. Attendees will also learn about tracking and reporting on greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water use, and waste.

Webinar #3: Climate Action and Mitigation: Creating a Resilience Strategy

Date: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST

Instructor: Ben Myers, Vice President, Sustainability, Boston Properties

This session will introduce climate action, mitigation and resilience for real estate portfolio owners and managers. The instructor will explore why real estate companies should have a climate change strategy and how leading REITs are tackling climate action and resilience.

Week One Open Office Hours

Date: Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST

Instructors from webinars #1-3 will be available to answer any additional questions attendees may have.

Webinar #4: REITs and Social Initiatives: Measuring the “S” of ESG

Date: Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST

Instructor: Dan Egan, Senior Vice President, Sustainability & Utilities, Vornado Realty Trust and Natalie Teear, Vice President-Sustainability and Social Impact, Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.

The “S” of ESG stands for social, but covers a myriad of important issues ranging from health and safety to diversity, equity and inclusion. The instructor will discuss how to start—or improve upon—social programs, best practices for stakeholder engagement, and which key performance indicators you should be tracking.

Webinar #5: How to Start Reporting on ESG Performance

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST

Instructors: Mark Delisi, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, AvalonBay Communities; Catherine Sheehy, Global Lead of Sustainability Partnerships, Environment & Sustainability, UL; and Fulya Kocak, Senior Vice President, ESG Issues, Nareit

Instructors will discuss the available reporting frameworks and third-party aggregators with a focus on GRESB, SASB and TCFD and how they are used. Learn how to choose which frameworks to use and best practices for reporting/disclosing ESG performance and policies. Instructors will also provide guidance on issuing a stand-alone sustainability report, utilizing GRI guidance.

Webinar #6: Governance KPIs: Reporting the “G” of ESG

Date: Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST

Instructors: Carol Samaan, Vice President-Corporate Counsel and ESG, Healthpeak Properties

The instructor will discuss reporting metrics and policies for governance issues (the “G” in ESG) and governance of ESG issues for REITs. They will review best practices for starting an executive sustainability committee, disclosure of governance policies and reporting metrics, board-level ESG commitment, and other ESG governance-related topics.

Week Two Open Office Hours

Date: Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST

Instructors from webinars #4-6 will be available to answer any additional questions attendees may have.

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To participate in all six webinars and the two open office hour sessions, the cost will be $450. A la carte webinar registrations also will be available for $90 per webinar. Webinars will be hosted via Zoom, and recordings of the webinars will be made available to registrants.

Those who register for webinars #1, #2, and/or #3 will receive an invitation to virtual office hours with instructors held on Jan. 29. Those who register for webinars #4, #5, and/or #6 will receive an invitation to virtual office hours held on Feb. 5.  

Please note: Registration is only available to Nareit corporate members. 

Refund & Cancellation Policy:

Once registered for any or all sessions in the Webinar Series, no refund will be issued. However, we can transfer your registration to another employee at your company. Please send any registration transfer requests to Allison Shaw at Please note that session recordings will be made available to registrants after the live presentation.

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Interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities? Contact Fulya Kocak, Nareit senior vice president, ESG issues.