Each year, ULI Greenprint real estate members lead the market in driving sustainability across their portfolios – reducing carbon emissions, and building asset value. The business case is clear, and the projects these leaders are implementing show how improvements on energy efficiency and renewable energy are built on sound financial practices. Join this webinar to learn about three detailed projects from this year's Greenprint Performance Report (Volume 11) from the business leaders making the business case for real estate sustainability.
Natalie Teear is Vice President, Sustainability and Social Impact of Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE: HPP), a Los Angeles-based real estate investment trust focused on owning, operating and developing office and studio properties along the West Coast. Teear is responsible for advancing the company’s corporate responsibility platform, Better Blueprint, which serves as the foundation for the company’s environmental, social and governance initiatives and amplifies its vision to create sustainable, healthy and equitable communities. Since Teear joined Hudson Pacific in 2019, the company has achieved numerous sustainability milestones including converting to 100% renewable electricity, increasing ENERGY STAR and LEED certifications across the portfolio and most recently, meeting its net zero carbon goal five years ahead of schedule. Prior to Hudson Pacific, Teear was a leader in PwC’s Sustainability Services team, where she counseled businesses on strategies for sustainable growth, which included addressing environmental and social issues related to climate change, housing insecurity and homelessness, hunger and malnutrition, water scarcity, deforestation and human rights. Prior to PwC, Teear was an environmental consultant with URS Corporation (now AECOM), focused on large water infrastructure projects in the West Coast and Pacific territories. Teear earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Dartmouth College and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University.
Michelle German is the Director of Operations & Sustainability at LBA Realty/LBA Logistics, overseeing corporate operations and sustainability. She joined LBA in 2011 and has over 10 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Michelle is an integral part of the corporate operations team and she continuously works to improve and create company processes that increases efficiency and streamlines work flow. She provides fundamental support for LBA’s industrial and office portfolios from acquisitions to dispositions. She is responsible for facilitating companywide processes including reforecast and annual budgets, operating expense reconciliations, team trainings and tenant satisfaction surveys. Michelle also has oversight over LBA’s sustainability program, including data management, implementation of energy efficiency projects, water and waste focus, smart building programs, clean technology and certifications that include LEED, ENERGY STAR and Fitwel. She has led the company in receiving a number of awards related to sustainability efforts. Prior to joining LBA, Michelle was a Property Manager where she managed retail and office properties throughout the Orange County and San Diego area. She holds her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge. Michelle is an active member of BOMA Orange County, where she served as the Director of Finance and Director of Young Leaders and was a past recipient of the Principal Member of the Year award.
Sara Neff is Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation. Sara took Kilroy from having no sustainability program to being named the #1 publicly traded real estate company on sustainability in North America by GRESB, and under her leadership the company recently committed to becoming the first carbon neutral real estate company in North America by the end of 2020. At Kilroy, she oversees all sustainability initiatives such as solar and battery dealmaking, the implementation of energy and water efficiency initiatives throughout the existing and development portfolios, the integration of sustainability standards into annual financial reports, the launch of the Kilroy Innovation Lab, and the award-winning green leasing program. She holds a BS from Stanford and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Max is currently the Global Sustainability Manager at AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets. He sits within the global sustainability team and is responsible for the integration and oversight of AXA IM – Real Assets’ responsible investment strategy by supporting fund and asset management teams in meeting ESG objectives. As part of his role he also sits on the European benchmark committee for GRESB, EU sustainability council for the ULI, and property working group for the UNEP FI. Max began working at AXA IM – Real Assets in 2016. Prior to joining he was a financial analyst with Hyatt Hotels. He has 6 years of industry experience.