Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
Bonita Springs
Jan. 30 — Feb. 1, 2019
Event description

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The ESG 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. This event is invitation only.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Hear first-hand from investors about how they evaluate REITs based on ESG performance
  • Find out how third-party agencies are scoring your ESG performance
  • Learn best practices for growing (or just starting) an ESG program
  • Gain insight into the latest sustainability trends and technologies in the real estate industry
  • And much more.

Join REIT sustainability experts from all over the country to advance the sustainability conversation at Nareit's ESG Forum.

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Wednesday, Jan. 30

12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. JumpStart Workshop*
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sustainability Leadership Workshop*

Thursday, Jan. 31

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Fulya Kocak, VP, ESG Issues, Nareit
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. FTSE EPRA Nareit Green Indexes

John Worth, EVP, Research & Investor Outreach, Nareit
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Investor Panel

Louis Schotsky, First Vice President-Investments, Equity Residential

Marilyn Ceci, Managing Director, Head of Green Bonds, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Joshua Linder, Credit Analyst, APG Asset Management US Inc.
Steve Ralff, Managing Director, LaSalle Investment Management
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Networking Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Investor Perspective on Climate Change Programs & Reporting/TCFD

Ari Frankel, AVP, Sustainability & High Performance Buildings, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Sam Adams, CEO, Vert Asset Management
Bradford Stoesser, Partner, Wellington Management
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Sustainability Through Green Leases and Triple-net Leases

Gillian Hughes, Director, Legal and Sustainability, HCP, Inc.

Rob Harmon, Director, MEETS Accelerator Coalition
Will Teichman, VP, Business Operations, Kimco Realty Corporation
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Nareit Governance Update

Victoria Rostow, SVP, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Nareit
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Nareit's Dividends Through Diversity Initiative

Bonnie Gottlieb, SVP, Industry & Member Affairs, Nareit
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Community, Workforce and Diversity Initiatives

Jeannie Renne-Malone, VP, Sustainability, Prologis
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Networking Break
3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Concurrent table sessions and presentations
5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Reception
6:45 p.m. Optional Dinner*

Friday, Feb. 1

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Member Case Studies

Aaron Binkley, Sr. Director, Sustainability, Digital Realty
Michael Chang, Director, Energy & Sustainability, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Kevin Hagen, EVP, Iron Mountain
Sara Neff, SVP, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty Corporation
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Rapid Fire Questions

Ben Myers, Director, Sustainability, Boston Properties, Inc.
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. JumpStart Track

Jessica Long, Director, Sustainability, JBG SMITH
Danielle Horton, Head, Sustainability, Parkway, Inc.
Chris Whalen, VP, Financial Analysis, Duke Realty Corporation
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Live Surve
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Concurrent table sessions and presentations
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
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Gain hands-on experience at the JumpStart Workshop and the Sustainability Leadership Workshop, held on Jan. 30, 2019. Please note that workshop space is limited. 

JumpStart Workshop

Learn how to get your ESG program off the ground with step-by-step instructions at the JumpStart Workshop. 

Who should attend? All Nareit corporate members with an interest in sustainability are encouraged to attend. A successful ESG program is truly an interdepartmental effort—and whether you work in communications or investor relations, you’ll learn invaluable information at this workshop.

What will I learn? You’ll gain the core skills you need to effectively launch—or improve—an ESG program of any size. Whether your organization is struggling to take its program to the next level--or you’re just figuring out where to start—the JumpStart Workshop will guide you through the steps needed to implement a successful ESG program. 

Why should I attend the JumpStart Workshop? Creating a successful ESG program is a challenging—but extremely important—endeavor. Seventy percent of respondents in a 2018 U.S. Nareit Member Survey saw an increase in ESG reporting requests from investors between 2016 and 2017. It’s more necessary than ever to report on your ESG efforts effectively, efficiently, and clearly. Register for the JumpStart Workshop and the ESG Forum today

Sustainability Leadership Workshop

Led by experts at Sustainable Brands®, this pre-forum workshop can help take your ESG program to the next level. Sustainable Brands has worked with some of the world’s most respected thought leaders and sophisticated sustainability practitioners to diagnose the most common reasons for a plateau in progress and map out courses of action that can remedy the situation.

Who should attend? If you feel as though your ESG program has hit a wall—or you’re looking for inspiration to level-up your initiatives—this is the perfect workshop for you. 

What will I learn? During a presentation, group exercise, and Q&A, you’ll learn:

  • How to recognize widespread misperceptions about what it means to become a sustainable company, and how to overcome them;
  • How to get unstuck and take the sustainability credentials of your company to the next level – even if you have already achieved a high level of sustainability performance;
  • How to level up your own career by building the skills and resources it takes for a company to become truly sustainable (hint: no one is there yet);
  • How to cultivate breakthrough leaders that seek positive systemic change and foster collaboration toward a sustainable economy on any level of an organization.

Why should I attend the Sustainability Leadership Workshop? You’ll have the chance to reflect on where you and where you’d like your sustainability program to go. Learn tried-and-true methods to ensure your ESG program reaches its highest potential. Register for the Sustainability Leadership Workshop and the ESG Forum today

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Forum Registration Fee**

                                                On or Before Jan. 4    On or After Jan. 5

Corporate member                              $895                            $995

JumpStart Workshop                          $150                             $175

Sustainability Leadership Workshop  $150                             $175

Optional Dinner (Thursday)                $100                             $125

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

Workshop Descriptions

Learn more about our pre-forum workshops here.

Forum Cancellation Policy

All cancellation requests must be received in writing to Katelyn Rowland at Full forum refunds will be issued for cancellation requests received no later than Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, less a $100 processing fee.

No refunds will be granted after Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.


The dress attire for this event is casual.

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Coconut Grove

5001 Coconut Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Note: This is the link to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Grove’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 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: $299

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 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. 4, 2019, 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. All change requests are subject to room availability. Please do not call the hotel directly.



Breakfast - Daily - 7:00–11:30 am

Lunch - Daily -11:30 am-2:00 pm

Dinner - Nightly - 5:30-10:00 pm

Tarpon Bay

Dinner - 5:30-10:00 p.m. nightly

Cool Beans Marketplace

Sunday – Thursday: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 6:00 a.m. – Midnight

Mangroves Bar

Sunday – Thursday: 3:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Friday and Saturday: 3:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Lite Fare menu is served until midnight every day.



Self-parking: $16.00

Valet Parking: $25.00


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

Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)

Approximate Distance from Hotel: 14.5 miles

Approximate Drive Time: 25 minutes

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ESG Forum

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