Green Building, ESG, and Sustainable Finance - Complementary Tools for Market Transformation

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Green Building, ESG, and Sustainable Finance - Complementary Tools for Market Transformation

Green Building, ESG, and Sustainable Finance - Complementary Tools for Market Transformation

About the speakers
  • Chris Pyke
    Chris Pyke
    Senior Vice President at U.S. Green Building Council
    Chris Pyke has been active in the green building industry since 2002: * Global leader in sustainability and ESG with >15 years of professional experience in industry, government, and non-profit organizations. Passionate creator of data-driven sustainability products and services including experience developing and operating Arc Skoru, Aclima, GRESB, and GBIG. * Urban planner and quantitative geographer with training and experience applying advanced geospatial tools and information technology. Thought leader and researcher on sustainability issues, including decarbonization, resilience, climate risk, biodiversity, health, supply chains, and more. * International connector and collaborator with a demonstrated track record of creating public, private, and governmental partnerships to address sustainability issues, such as health promotion, climate risk, and supply chain management. * Effective communicator, reflected in more than 75 technical publications and 20+ advisory roles, including supporting the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Kelly Worden
    Kelly Worden
    VP, ESG and Investing for Health at International WELL Building Institute
    Kelly Worden, MPH, is VP of ESG and Investing for Health at the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). Kelly leads development of resources to help organizations place people at the center of their ESG (environmental, social, governance) strategy and investment. Kelly has focused her career on working upstream to promote population health and social equity. Prior to joining IWBI, Kelly co-directed the Green Health Partnership, an applied research initiative of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kelly worked with both USGBC and GRESB to develop real estate processes and industry standards to benefit people and society. This includes the LEED Integrative Process for Health Promotion for use by green building practitioners and the GRESB Health & Well-being Module for use by real estate companies and investors. GRESB is the leading provider of ESG benchmarks for real assets and the GRESB Health & Well-being Module was the first portfolio-level health assessment for real estate. The Module was integrated into the GRESB Real Estate Assessment in 2019. Kelly also has experience working in global health advocacy at the World Heart Federation in Geneva, Switzerland. Kelly holds a Master of Public Health from George Washington University and a B.S. in Human Biology from the University of Texas in Austin.
  • Mili Majumdar
    Mili Majumdar
    Managing Director at Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI)
    A Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Madras, Mili has more than three decades of experience in the field of energy and environment with a focus on sustainable development of habitats. She also has done course on Sustainable Investing and Design thinking from Harvard Business School (online). She is a strategic thinker, institution builder , an eloquent speaker and an innovative solution provider. She is proficient in enabling green buildings, climate resilient housing, sustainable financing, affordable housing , sustainable city planning and urban transportation. She is presently leading the development and management of a new global team focused on product and program innovation, thought leadership events and publications, and research activities and partnerships in USGBC. She has led multidisciplinary global teams to develop and implement portfolio of green rating systems for habitats and energy systems (GRIHA, LEED for residential, cities and communities, PEER) that have been widely accepted globally. She has steered programs supported by various multi lateral and bi lateral donors and banks, such as UNEP, IFC, NHB, KFW , HSBC, ADB and more. Mili has also enabled the development of a large portfolio of green jobs through training and skill enhancement. Mili has been at forefront of policy development and enforcement and has been part of BEE, BIS, Moef committees in relevant initiatives. Mili has authored several books and publications in the domain of Sustainable Habitats and is a regular blogger at The Economic Times. She serves on board of GBCI India and GBPN.

Key takeaways

Green building and ESG are complementary market transformation strategies for investor-owned real estate.

Green building certification is important to ESG reporting and benchmarking - contributing more than 10% of the annual GRESB Real Estate benchmark.

Expectations for green building certifications are changing with increasing concern for decarbonization, resilience, and measured real world performance.

LEED v5 is responding to these changes with new requirements and a broader set of ESG-aligned credits and performance metrics.

Practitioners are navigating these changing expectations and opportunities as they manage their activities across planning, design, and operation.