Green Building at Scale: Accelerating Portfolio-Wide Action and Performance

26 Sep 2023Greenbuild 2023
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Green Building at Scale: Accelerating Portfolio-Wide Action and Performance

Green Building at Scale: Accelerating Portfolio-Wide Action and Performance

26 Sep 2023Greenbuild 2023
About the speakers
  • Jeff Benavides
    Jeff Benavides
    Senior Advisor, Cities and Buildings Performance at U.S. Green Building Council
    Since 2007, Jeff has been a pioneer in launching award winning sustainability programs and international campaigns with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the City of Orlando Greenworks program, and the micro-finance non-profit SELF. As the first Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer for Orange County Government, he exemplifies the core purpose of Goal 17 Partnership for the Goals. His organizational leadership and project management expertise has co-founded and launched three successful business based in Florida in the sustainability and solar+storage industries. The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and Jeff as aligned is work in the community around Goal 4 Quality Education as an Adjunct Professor at Valencia College's Energy Management Control Technology Degree Program and his technical work around Goal 7 Affordable Clean Energy.
  • Chris Maddern
    Chris Maddern
    Strategic Account Executive, CRE at Schneider Electric
    As an ESG specialist for Schneider Electric’s building segment, Chris Maddern has invested over 17 years of experience in making the built environment a better environment. He began his career developing action plans for sustainability and energy efficiency in small and medium-sized facilities which quickly grew to implementation of ESG-related initiatives at more complex sites and portfolios –completing over 800 energy and ESG-related projects in total for real estate around the globe.
  • Colin Walker
    Colin Walker
    Sustainability Manager at Grubb Properties
    Colin Walker is the Sustainability Manager for Grubb Properties, overseeing environmental, social, and governance initiatives at the company. Grubb Properties is a vertically integrated real estate fund manager that owns, develops, and manages multifamily and commercial properties across the country. Colin ensures that properties are designed, renovated, and operated as efficiently and resiliently as possible, to reduce their environmental impact and help mitigate physical and transition risks from climate change. Additionally, Colin helps manage initiatives that enrich the company's workplaces and the communities where it operates, to help build more diverse, equitable and enjoyable places to work and live.
  • Gautami Palanki
    Gautami Palanki
    SVP, ESG Strategy at Howard Hughes Corporation
    Gautami Palanki is Senior Vice President, ESG Strategy at The Howard Hughes Corporation, advancing the organization’s commitment to responsible development and operations and setting the strategy across the company’s national portfolio of large-scale master planned communities (MPCs) and mixed-use properties. Gautami joined HHC in 2021, bringing over fifteen years of global experience at the intersection of real estate, sustainability, and technology, in both private and non-profit organizations. Gautami has keynoted talks and led workshops to audiences in more than 20 countries and volunteers as a subject matter expert with industry think tanks. A Licensed Architect and LEED Fellow, Gautami holds a B. Arch from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India and M.S. in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Sean McMahon
    Sean McMahon

Key takeaways

- Gain an understanding of the challenges of transforming whole organizations and portfolios.

- Learn about the experiences of and strategies utilized by leading companies to drive scaled performance improvement.

- Understand barriers and practical solutions to large-scale action.

- Understand the role of emerging tools to verify portfolio-wide plans, actions, and performance.