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WASHINGTON (March 4, 2021) — The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance, a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors and financial institutions committed to reducing carbon emissions across the global property industry, has announced the addition of Grosvenor Americas and Skanska to its membership.
Grosvenor Americas is an active developer and investor operating in resilient cities across the U.S. and Canada that provide long term, reliable economic growth. The company invests in vibrant urban locations where its activities can make a positive contribution to neighborhoods and communities. Grosvenor builds, acquires and upgrades properties with a focus on efficient design and materials, economic performance and environmental stewardship. Grosvenor signed the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment in 2019 and is accelerating action across its global portfolio to help mitigate climate change.
“We are committed to achieving net-zero carbon operational emissions from all of our directly managed buildings globally by 2030,” said Lauren Krause, Director – Environment, Social and Governance, Grosvenor Americas. “Setting this goal is just one of many initiatives that comprise our unique long-term approach to commercially-competitive, socially-responsible investing. For example, we intend to eliminate carbon emissions in part by reducing consumption, retrofitting systems, and designing highly efficient buildings within our U.S. and Canadian portfolio, which includes a development pipeline of 3.6m square feet. We look forward to advancing work in the built environment to mitigate climate change and value the forum Greenprint provides to share lessons and learn from our peers.”
Skanska is a world leader in development and construction, serving a broad range of clients in select markets throughout the Nordic region, Europe and USA. The company specializes in building construction, civil infrastructure and developing commercial properties including transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, education, sports, data centers, government, aviation and commercial properties. In the U.S., with offices in 29 metro areas, Skanska USA has more than 7,600 employees nationwide committed to being leaders in safety, project execution, sustainability, ethics and people development.
“As a longtime leader in sustainable development and construction, Skanska is increasingly focused on raising our ambitions and working toward our global goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045,” said Sarah King, Sustainability Director of Skanska USA Commercial Development. “Our development projects integrate sustainability into each stage of the process, from land acquisition to building operations, customizing our approach to meet every customer’s needs. Sustainability and wellbeing are essential to the commercial real estate industry, so we are excited to explore best practices and solutions with the Greenprint community.”
The new Greenprint members join existing members Allianz; AXA; BlackRock; Boston Properties; Brookfield Properties; CalPERS; CenterPoint Properties; City Developments Limited; Clarion Partners; CommonWealth Partners; Crescent Communities; DWS; FCP; FPA Multifamily; GID; Goldman Sachs; Granite Properties; Heitman; The Howard Hughes Corporation; Hudson Pacific Properties; Jamestown Properties; JBG Smith; Kilroy Realty; LaSalle Investment Management; LBA Realty and LBA Logistics; Lendlease Americas; Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets; Morgan Creek Ventures LLC; Multigreen; Nuveen; NEO Property Management Incorporated; Parkway Properties; PGIM Real Estate; Prologis; Rudin Management Company, Inc.; Savanna; SL Green; The Green Cities Company; The Tower Companies; Tishman Speyer; UDR, and Zurich Alternative Asset Management.
About the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance
The ULI Greenprint Center’s mission is to lead the global real estate industry towards improved environmental performance, focusing on energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions. Greenprint is a member-driven organization that achieves its goals through measurement, action and education.
Greenprint’s flagship product is the Annual Performance Report: the international scope and size of the report makes it one of the real estate industry’s largest, most transparent and comprehensive environmental benchmarks. The report is a consolidated view of participating properties, detailing their energy, water and waste performance by geography and asset class, while also showcasing project profiles achieving those savings and highlight trends driving the sustainability market forward. For additional information, visit uli.org/greenprint.