Verdani Partners’ Daniele Horton on 2020 Changes to GRESB Assessments

Daniele Horton, founder and president of Verdani Partners, participated in a video interview at Nareit's 2020 ESG JumpStart Workshop, a one-day program designed to teach Nareit corporate members the core skills needed to launch—or improve—an ESG program of any size.

Horton commented on whether investors are putting more pressure on real estate portfolios to participate in third-party ESG disclosures, like GRESB.

“The market is really shifting toward measurable, high-impact solutions that generate competitive financial returns,” she said.

Horton also discussed changes that are being introduced to the GRESB assessment in 2020. She noted that assessments are getting “more granular” in that they now require asset-level data rather than simply portfolio-level data.

In addition, Horton also pointed out ways for companies to complete and score well on the GRESB assessment.