1/31/2019 | By Lizzy Lees
Nareit's ESG Forum 2019 was held Jan. 31-Feb. 1, with two pre-forum workshops held on Jan. 30. The annual event provides an opportunity for real estate executives to discuss challenges and opportunities with ESG in the REIT industry while advancing the sustainability conversation.
This year's forum had record attendance—69 of the 130 attendees were first-timers. Professionals from 70 REITs were in attendance, representing $687 billion in market cap.
Attendees had the opportunity to get the investor perspective on ESG reporting and performance in the REIT industry, hear inspiring case studies and participate in concurrent breakout sessions. Nareit staff also provided updates on ESG initiatives, including the Dividends Through Diversity initiative and the recently launched FTSE EPRA Nareit Green Indexes.
This year was also the first time the event included two pre-forum workshops. The JumpStart Workshop offered attendees step-by-step instructions for getting an ESG program off the ground, providing attendees with the core skills they need to effectively launch—or improve—an ESG program of any size. The Sustainability Leadership Workshop provided attendees with methods to take their existing ESG programs to the next level. Led by experts at Sustainable Brands®, this workshop taught attendees how to take the sustainability credentials of their companies to the next level.
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Nareit's #ESG Forum 2019 kicks off with the JumpStart Workshop. Instructors @agbinkley, Mark Delisi, Shea Jameel and John Forrester discuss how to effectively start a sustainability program and report. #ESGForum2019 pic.twitter.com/ol4JJjH6Yp— Nareit (@REITs_Nareit) January 30, 2019
"Companies can use measured energy efficiency to create incentives for sustainability and to drive cash flow," says Rob Harmon, Director of the MEETS Accelerator Coalition. #ESGForum pic.twitter.com/7aixe2m71G— Nareit (@REITs_Nareit) January 31, 2019
Aaron Binkley of @digitalrealty & Kevin Hagen of @IronMountain discuss green power procurement in scale and how to creatively overcome challenges at the #ESGForum2019. @agbinkley @kevinhagen pic.twitter.com/SQtCFq1zAv— Nareit (@REITs_Nareit) February 1, 2019