REITs & Sustainability

Nareit works to encourage the development and adoption of ESG (environmental, social and governance) best practices in REIT-based real estate investment.

Real Estate Sustainability Council (RESC)

Nareit’s Real Estate Sustainability Council (RESC) was created in October 2016 to help guide Nareit's ESG efforts and priorities.

The RESC currently consists of more than 30 actively participating Nareit corporate member sustainability thought leaders—representing all REIT sectors—with a mission to help shape and lead the REIT industry as it continues to address a variety of complex ESG issues. One to two employees of Nareit corporate members are welcome to represent their organizations as RESC members. Most RESC members hold sustainability titles, however, operations, public relations and investment relations professionals are also eligible to become RESC members.

The RESC typically meets three times a year, in January, July and November during Nareit’s ESG Forum. The topics that are discussed during the RESC meetings are based on ESG priorities in the REIT industry, such as investor interest in ESG issues, ESG reporting, the latest sustainability trends and technologies, as well as ESG best practices utilized by Nareit members.

REIT ESG Dashboard

The REIT ESG Dashboard was launched on Jan. 23, 2018 during Nareit’s ESG Forum in Seattle, Washington. The dashboard communicates the collective impact and progress of sustainability efforts by U.S. equity REITs. View the dashboard.

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.

Leader in the Light Awards

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 eight property sectors: Diversified; Global, (non-U.S.-based companies); Health Care; Industrial; Lodging/Resorts; Office; Residential; and Retail.

JumpStart Initiative (ESG Education and Tools)

Nareit’s JumpStart program was initiated at the 2017 Leader in the Light Working Forum. The goal of this real estate sustainability/ESG education initiative is to provide guidance to Nareit corporate member companies that are either just starting a sustainability program or looking to further develop their existing program. This initiative aims to:
 

  • Simplify the understanding of sustainability/ESG planning, implementation and reporting by Nareit member REITs and real estate companies by providing how-to guides, videos, templates and case studies.
  • Facilitate mentorship from experienced REIT/real estate sustainability leaders.
  • Build efficiencies with respect to the time, effort and resources needed by Nareit member REITs and real estate companies that are either just starting a sustainability program or looking to further develop their existing program.

Latest Sustainability News

  • News Article
    4/13/2018

    EdR Helps Create the Heart of a College Town in Connecticut

    EdR brings town and gown together in vibrant downtown development.
  • Nareit Video
    4/10/2018

    REITs Should Be Proactive with Activist Investors, Executive Says

    American Tower’s Mneesha Nahata says essential to “think three steps ahead.”
  • The REIT Report Podcast
    3/29/2018

    ESG Focus Enhances REIT Performance, Investment Strategist Says

    CenterSquare’s Scott Crowe highlights increasing investor focus on ESG matters.
  • Nareit Video
    3/1/2018

    Lodging REIT Hersha Sees Link Between Innovation and Higher Margins

    Hersha’s Matthew Lobach expects increase in real-time data monitoring of building systems.
  • Nareit Developments blog
    2/22/2018

    Green Lease Leader Applications Due March 1

    Now in its fifth year, the program celebrates and validates leading-edge landlords and tenants in the commercial office, retail, and industrial sectors who are breaking down barriers to higher-performing buildings by addressing energy and water efficiency through smart and green lease clauses & corporate guidelines.

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Latest Sustainability News

  • 4/13/2018

    EdR Helps Create the Heart of a College Town in Connecticut

    EdR brings town and gown together in vibrant downtown development.

  • 4/10/2018

    REITs Should Be Proactive with Activist Investors, Executive Says

    American Tower’s Mneesha Nahata says essential to “think three steps ahead.”

  • 3/29/2018

    ESG Focus Enhances REIT Performance, Investment Strategist Says

    CenterSquare’s Scott Crowe highlights increasing investor focus on ESG matters.

  • 3/1/2018

    Lodging REIT Hersha Sees Link Between Innovation and Higher Margins

    Hersha’s Matthew Lobach expects increase in real-time data monitoring of building systems.

  • 2/21/2018

    ULI Greenprint Emphasizes Role of Tenants in Energy Emissions Reduction

    Micah Brill says tenants responsible for more than 50 percent of energy use.

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