Park Hyatt
Jan. 30, 2020
Event description

Nareit's ESG JumpStart Workshop is a one-day program designed to teach Nareit corporate members the core skills needed to 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 ESG JumpStart Workshop will guide you through the steps needed to implement a successful ESG program.

This unique, hands-on workshop is taught by leading industry professionals who have successfully led the implementation of ESG programs at a REIT. Learn from their experience as you discuss best practices and how to overcome obstacles at this exclusive event, open only to Nareit corporate members.

Please note: This year's ESG JumpStart Workshop is being held in lieu of the ESG Forum. Stay tuned for updates on Nareit's newest ESG-focused event—REITworks—which will be held in September 2020 in Hollywood, Florida. Sign up here to learn more.

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Wednesday, January 29

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration

Thursday, January 30

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:50 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Organizational Change and How to Start an Effective ESG Program from Scratch

Aaron Binkley, Sr. Director, Sustainability, Digital Realty
  • What does ESG issues mean for the REIT industry
  • How to navigate office politics
  • How to ensure a successful and resilient sustainability program
10:30 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Goal Setting, Prioritization and Planning

Aaron Binkley, Sr. Director, Sustainability, Digital Realty
Ben Myers, Director, Sustainability, Boston Properties, Inc.
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Step by step materiality analysis
  • Short term and long-term goal setting
  • Starting an effective sustainability committee
  • Managing corporate resources for ESG
11:10 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Networking Break
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Environmental Initiatives

Kelly Meissner, Director, Sustainability, Ventas, Inc.
  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste management
  • Data management
  • Other environmental topics
12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m. Working Lunch: Social Initiatives

Dan Egan, SVP, Energy & Sustainability, Vornado Realty Trust
  • Health and safety
  • Diversity and inclusion
    • Stakeholder engagement and other social topics
12:40 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. Networking Break
12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. ESG Reporting

Mark Delisi, VP, Corporate Responsibility, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
Fulya Kocak, VP, ESG Issues, Nareit
  • Discuss available reporting frameworks
  • Third-party aggregators (GRESB, SASB, GRI, CDP, MSCI, DJSI, TCFD, etc)
  • How they are used
  • How to choose the right one/s
  • How to start reporting/disclosing ESG performance and policies.
1:50 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Governance Issues in "ESG"
2:00 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. Networking Break
2:10 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. Preparing for a First Time GRESB Participation

Daniele Horton, Founder & President, Verdani Partners
2:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Climate Action and Mitigation

Ben Myers, Director, Sustainability, Boston Properties, Inc.
3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Networking Break
3:20 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Creating a Resilience Strategy

Daniele Horton, Founder & President, Verdani Partners
3:50 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Q&A and Common Pitfalls
NOTE: This schedule is subject to change.
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Registration Fee**
                                                On or Before Jan. 3    On or After Jan. 4
Corporate member                           $695                            $795
**Registration for this event is limited to Nareit corporate members only.

Forum Cancellation Policy
All cancellation requests must be received in writing to Katelyn Rowland at Full conference refunds will be issued for cancellations received no later than Friday, Jan.3, 2020, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after Friday, Jan.3, 2020. Nareit’s refund policy does not extend past this date for any situation including illness or weather.

No refunds will be granted after Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.

The dress attire for this event is casual.

Hotel Information
Park Hyatt Washington D.C.
1201 24th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Note: This is the link to the Park Hyatt’s website. This is NOT the link to reserve your hotel room at the Nareit group rate. You must first register for the ESG Jumpstart Workshop 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: $289

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.

This deposit does not guarantee your room if you do not check in on your confirmed arrival date.

Any reservations that are not checked into on their confirmed arrival date will not be reinstated and there will be an additional night charged to the card on file.

To avoid an early departure fee, you must advise the hotel at time of check-in.

All room rates are subject to applicable taxes, which are currently 15%, applicable service fees and or hotel-specific fees in effect at the time of the event. This is subject to change without notice.

Hotel reservations are due no later than Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, to receive the group rate (pending availability).

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.

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.

$56 per vehicle, per day. (Plus tax and subject to change without notice)