Leader in the Light Award

Nareit's annual Leader in the Light Awards honor Nareit member companies that have demonstrated superior and sustained sustainability practices.

Nareit's annual Leader in the Light Awards honor Nareit member companies that have demonstrated superior and sustained sustainability practices.

The Leader in the Light Awards are presented to REITs in nine property sectors: Diversified; Global, (non-U.S.-based companies); Data Center; Health Care; Industrial; Lodging/Resorts; Office; Residential; and Retail. Awards are also presented to those in the “Most Innovative” and “Leadership Personified” categories.

Nareit has been presenting the Leader in the Light awards since 2005. In 2012, the Leader in the Light program migrated into and became embedded within the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Survey. GRESB is an organization based in Amsterdam committed to assessing the sustainability performance of real assets across the world.

Designed in 2009, GRESB's Annual Survey measures the environmental performance of property portfolios around the world. In 2017, 850 property companies and real estate funds completed the 2017 GRESB assessment. In total, they represent 77,000 assets with a value exceeding $3.7 trillion combined. The survey is endorsed and closely watched by many of the world's largest institutional investors.

Incorporating the GRESB survey results into the Leader in the Light judging criteria enables the companies competing in Leader in the Light to measure their performance against a global benchmark. Download the 2017 Nareit Leader in the Light Supplement


2017 Winners

Data Centers: Digital Realty

Retail: The Macerich Company

Residential/Apartments: Equity Residential

Office: Kilroy Realty Corporation

Industrial: Prologis

Lodging/Resorts: Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (Honorable mention: Hersha Hospitality Trust)

Health Care: Ventas, Inc.

Diversified: Vornado Realty Trust

Most Innovative award: Boston Properties and Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Leadership Personified award: Lou Schotsky, First Vice President-Investments, of Equity Residential

Past Award Winners