Working Toward Net Zero: Best Practices and Examples to Engage Tenants in Sustainability


2022-08-25T13:00:00 - 2022-08-25T14:00:00

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    Buildings account for 39% of global carbon emissions. To address this, real estate companies have widely adopted ESG goals into their corporate strategies; over 82% of respondents to ULI’s 2022 Emerging Trends survey considering ESG elements when making operational or investment decisions. In addition to garnering the environmental benefits of decarbonization, the industry faces increasing pressure from investors, local governments, regulators, and occupants to demonstrate reductions in carbon emissions. This revolution has led to opportunities for the industry to undertake new initiatives to achieve ambitious carbon reduction goals.

    To achieve whole-building reductions in carbon emissions, property owners and tenants have to work together – sometimes in new creative ways. An upcoming collection of primers that share how to drive sustainability through tenant engagement will dive into best practices and examples of how property owners are aligning their sustainability goals and their tenant engagement strategies.

    This webinar features some of those strategies for tenant engagement, specifically addressing the first two primers: Taking Green Leases to Net Zero and Engaging Tenants through Data Collection. Panelists will speak to their own organization’s experiences and broadly on the importance of integrating sustainability into tenant engagement.



    Marta Schantz

    Senior Vice President, ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance, Urban Land Institute

    Marta Schantz is the senior vice president for the Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance at the, a worldwide alliance of real estate owners committed to improving the environmental performance of the industry – reducing carbon, and increasing building value. Recent focus areas range from City/Real Estate Partnerships for Climate Policy, to Embodied Carbon in Real Estate, to Class B/C Office Energy Efficiency. Before her time at ULI, Marta consulted to utilities and real estate at Waypoint Energy, performed federal energy consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton, and conducted energy project cost analyses at the US Department of Energy. Marta is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a LEED Green Associate and a Fitwel Ambassador.


    Anne Peck

    Vice President, Director of ESG+R, TA Realty

    Anne Peck is a member of TA Realty’s portfolio management team and is responsible for overseeing the Firm's Environmental, Social, Governance and Resiliency (ESG+R) initiatives through the promotion of relevant and emerging advancements in the commercial real estate industry. Anne has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and joined TA Realty in 2021. Prior to joining the Firm, she a was Vice President, Head of the Architecture and Engineering group at AEW Capital Management, where she managed and led a group of architects and engineers who oversaw all physical, environmental, and sustainability assessments for assets and new developments. Previously, Anne was a Construction Manager/OPM with Cambridge Housing Authority and a Construction Manager with Jones Lang LaSalle. She graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and received a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University’s College of Engineering with a focus on Construction Management. She has her LEED AP certification and has served as a member of the GRESB Benchmark committee since 2017. She is also a member of the NAREIM planning committee for the NAREIM A&E and Sustainability conferences as well as a member of NAREIM’s DEI committee.


    Ben Myers

    Vice President, Sustainability, Boston Properties

    Ben Myers is the Vice President, Sustainability, at Boston Properties (BXP), the largest publicly-traded developer, owner and manager of Class A office properties in the United States. He is responsible for sustainability and ESG strategy, implementation, reporting and stakeholder engagement. He has a genuine passion for sustainable real estate and is committed to disrupting the status quo as an industry leader on climate action, resilience, green building, renewable energy, healthy workspaces and urban ecosystems. He holds an M.A. in Urban Environmental Leadership from Lesley University and a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


    Karen Mahrous

    Head of ESG at Clarion Partners, Clarion Partners

    Karen is Clarion Partners Head of ESG, a Real Estate Investment Manager that was established in 1982. Prior to Clarion, she worked at CodeGreen Solutions, an energy and sustainability consultancy firm specializing in the real estate industry. While with CodeGreen, Karen developed and led a corporate sustainability team that provided ESG strategic advisory and reporting services to a variety of real estate companies. Karen brings experience in managing sustainability program implementation, including the certification of over six million square feet under the LEED and WELL programs nationwide. She holds an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, is a LEED and WELL AP, and sits on the GRESB North America Benchmark Committee.