Sara Neff, senior vice president for sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corp. (NYSE: KRC), joined REIT.com for a video interview at NAREIT’s 2017 Leader in the Light Working Forum at the Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas.
Kilroy was a 2016 NAREIT Leader in the Light award winner in the Office category.
Neff commented on Kilroy’s Green Janitor Education Program, which involves 30-hours of training and a series of tests. She described the program as an “out-of-the-box pilot that exemplifies our sustainability programs.”
“Janitors are the eyes and ears of a building,” Neff said. In particular, she pointed out that janitors have the ability to report energy and water waste as well as noncompliance with recycling practices.
As for finding new sustainability projects to pursue, Neff expressed optimism that “human ingenuity” will result in continued advances in the field.
“It’s such a large market, and there are so many people who are trying to innovate in this space,” she said.
Looking ahead, Neff said the concept of building “resilience,” or how a building can withstand disruptions such as hurricanes, is likely to be on the sustainability radar. Further out, the importance of understanding the supply chain will also emerge, she added.