The Green Team

11/2/2012 | By Charles Keenan

Published July/August 2012

Once the commercial real estate industry’s version of a novelty act, green building programs have become embedded in the DNA of a number of REITs. At these companies, eco-friendly best practices are now as much a part of the corporate culture as signing leases and collecting rent.

Part and parcel of that evolution has been the emergence of sustainability-minded professionals occupying positions dedicated to ensuring that their employers keep conservation in mind and pushing REITs to innovate.

REIT magazine recently spoke with six leading sustainability executives to find out more about how they got to where they are, what they are working on now, and the challenges ahead.


Other Features

Essex Property Trust Expands West Coast Portfolio
After closing a major merger last year, activity at Essex Property Trust, Inc . (NYSE: ESS) hasn’t slowed as the company hones its strategy of...
Office towers
More REITs Gaining Access to Commercial Paper
Some REITs, accustomed to various forms of capital raising, now can tap commercial paper as a short-term borrowing strategy that can save them...
Bull and bear
Misconceptions About REITs and Interest Rates
On May 22, 2013, then Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke merely suggested to Congress that the Fed might begin in the near future to taper its...
Office construction
Commercial Real Estate: Back In Demand
As the financial crisis gripped the global economy, U.S. real estate companies halted development and waited for the panic to end. Now, with economic...
Leading REIT Fund Managers Share Their Outlook For 2015
After the FTSE NAREIT All REITs Index posted a total return of 27.2 percent for 2014, compared to a return of 13.7 percent for the S&P 500 Index...
Evaluating the Future of REIT IPOs
REIT initial public offerings (IPOs) tend to ebb and flow with market conditions, and they’re now showing promise of continuing their respectable run...
Inside CubeSmart with CEO Christopher P. Marr
A year ago, Christopher P. Marr succeeded his longtime boss and mentor Dean Jernigan as chief executive officer of CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE), one of the...
Real Estate is the 11th GICS sector
Real Estate's Big Debut
S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI Inc. announced in November that they plan to move stock exchange-listed Equity REITs and other listed real estate...
The road ahead
Leaders Looking Ahead
After a healthy performance by the REIT industry in 2014, positive market fundamentals are expected to remain in place in 2015. For a close-up view...
Paul Pittman
Farming REITs
In the late 1990s, Paul A. Pittman started investing in farmland in the manner that wealthy individuals have gone about it for years. A Wall Street...