Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 8th Ave Seattle WA 98101
Jan. 23 - 24
Hyatt at Olive 8Seattle, WA

ESG Forum 2018

Read the recap of this year's ESG Forum.

The ESG Forum (formerly known as Leader in the Light) 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. This event is invitation only.

You’ll benefit from discussion on important topics, including:

  • ESG trends and the market response
  • How third-party agencies are scoring your ESG performance
  • Helpful educational resources available through Nareit's ESG Jumpstart Program
  • Governance issues, major climate events, risk management, and more
  • Presentations & Materials1

    The Presentations and Materials from the Nareit ESG Forum 2018 are only available to registered attendees.

  • Schedule


    Monday, Jan. 22

    1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. JumpStart Workshop: Sustainability 101
    *Pre-Forum Workshop

    Kevin Hagen, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Iron Mountain
    Fulya Kocak, VP, ESG Issues, Nareit
    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Bullitt Center Building Tour

    Tuesday, Jan. 23

    10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Registration
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. RESC Meeting (closed meeting)
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
    12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Opening Session

    Fulya Kocak, VP, ESG Issues, Nareit
    1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Networking Break
    1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Investor Panel Session


    Lou Schotsky, First Vice President, Investments, Equity Residential

    Samuel Adams, CEO & Co-Founder, Vert Asset Management
    Meredith Jones, Partner & Head of Emerging Manager Research, Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting
    Peter Zabierek, CEO, Presima, Inc.
    3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
    3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ESG Ratings Conversations: A Closer Look into MSCI


    Ari Frankel, AVP, Sustainability & High Performance Buildings, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
    Mario Lopez-Alcala, VP & Sr. Analyst, MSCI
    4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Networking Break
    4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Concurrent Table Sessions and Presentations
    6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception
    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Optional Dinner
    Blueacre Seafood (located across the street from the Hyatt Olive 8)
    1700 7th Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98101

    Wednesday, Jan. 24

    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Registration
    7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
    8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Resiliency, Enterprise Risk Management: Interactive Discussion Session

    Discussion Leaders:

    Ben Myers, Sustainability Manager, Boston Properties, Inc.
    Jeannie Renne-Malone, VP, Sustainability, Prologis, Inc.
    Daniel Rizza, Manager, External Relations, Climate Central
    9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Networking Break
    9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. ESG JumpStart Track


    Michael Chang, Director, Energy & Sustainability, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
    Mark Delisi, VP, Corporate Responsibility, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
    Jeannie Renne-Malone, VP, Sustainability, Prologis, Inc.
    10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Sustainability Leadership Career Development


    Fulya Kocak, VP, ESG Issues, Nareit
    11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch: CSRHub


    Cynthia Figge, CEO & Co-Founder, CSRHub
    12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Networking Break
    1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Live Survey
    1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Member Case Studies


    Mona Benisi, Sr. Director, Sustainability, Simon Property Group, Inc.
    Aaron Binkley, Director, Sustainability, Digital Realty
    Kevin Hagen, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Iron Mountain
    Sara Neff, SVP, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty Corporation
    Jill Ziegler, Director, Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.
    2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
    2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Table Sessions
    4:00 p.m. ESG Forum Concludes


  • Prices & Hotel Information

    ESG Forum 2019

    Forum Registration Fee**

      On or Before Jan. 5 On or After Jan. 6
    Corporate member $895 $995

    **Registration for this event is limited to Nareit corporate members only.

    Optional Dinner Fee - $95

    Forum Cancellation Policy

    All cancellation requests must be received in writing to Afia Boone at aboone@nareit.com. Full forum refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received no later than Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, less a $100 processing fee.
    No refunds will be granted after Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.


    The dress attire for this event is casual.

    Hotel Information

    Hyatt at Olive 8
    1635 8th Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98101
    Note: This is the link to the Hyatt at Olive 8's website. This is NOT the link to reserve your hotel room at the Nareit group rate. You must first register for the ESG Forum in order to book your hotel room. After your registration is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email that will contain the hotel reservation link.

    Nareit Room Rate

    Single/Double Occupancy: $219

    Hotel Reservation Policy

    In order to reserve a hotel room within the Nareit negotiated group rate, you must first register for the forum. If a hotel room is reserved, but the individual is not registered for the forum, the hotel reservation will be canceled, and their deposit will be forfeited. Should you have questions regarding the hotel, contact Lacey Rimoli-Wiesel at lacey@stagedrightevents.com. You can reach Staged Right Events offices by calling 954-404-8252. Please do not contact the hotel directly.

    Note: Hotel reservations are due no later than Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, to receive the group rate (pending availability).

    Hotel Cancellation Policy

    Nareit requires a one night, non-refundable deposit paid to the hotel at time of reservation. Cancellation of additional room nights (not the entire reservation) without penalty requires notice 72 hours prior to arrival, otherwise additional room and tax penalties may apply and will be charged to the credit card on file. Any changes to your hotel reservation may be done on the hotel room block site up until 72 hours prior to arrival or by emailing lacey@stagedrightevents.com. All change requests are subject to room availability. Please do not call the hotel directly.

    Restaurants & Lounges

    Serving: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
    Attire: Casual

    Urbane Market
    Serving: Coffee, Wine & Snacks
    Attire: Casual


    Valet Parking: $55.00

    Business Center

    The Business Center offers a complete range of technological, Internet, and business services, and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Airport Information

    Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
    Approximate Distance from Hotel: 14.5 miles
    Approximate Drive Time: 20 minutes

  • Questions

    Forum Registration

    Afia Boone
    Director, Membership & Meetings, Nareit



    Fulya Kocak
    VP, ESG Issues, Nareit


    Hotel Reservations

    Lacey Rimoli
    Housing Director, Staged Right Events

    Amy Miller
    Meeting and Convention Coordinator, Staged Right Events


    Overall Forum Issues

    Pam Coleman
    SVP, Meetings, Nareit

  • Register Now

    ESG Forum 2018