Real Estate

The Future of Real Estate for a Better World

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by Cynthia Curtis, Senior VP of sustainability stakeholder engagement at JLL

Striving for something better is a very human thing. Whether it be a better house, better clothes, a better job, it’s our nature to seek a future, which is an improvement upon the current state. The definition of better, of course, can be as unique as the individual. But when you widen the aperture and pose the question, ‘what does a better world look like?’, it forces consideration of the collective.

The Second Wave of Sustainability Is Health and Well-Being

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by Sam Adams, CEO and co-founder of Vert Asset Management

For health and wellbeing in buildings, a wellness certification for a building was a luxury a year ago. Now some consider it a must have, and a way to encourage workers back to the office.

Renewable Energy in Real Estate: Data Centers Lead the Way

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by Sam Adams, VERT Asset Management 

Data centers have made significant investments in energy efficiency, but our insatiable appetite for data continues to grow. Renewable energy can reduce our data’s carbon footprint. 

Investing for Health: Catalyzing Investment in Human and Social Capital

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These are certainly challenging times for both the public’s health and for the global economy. We are currently facing an unprecedented pandemic that has upended not only the financial markets, but business as usual.

Sustainability in Detroit, Part 5: Real Estate Development

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What does sustainability look like in Detroit, a city that is going through changes that some consider a renaissance? The Erb Institute talked with five people who are working to make Detroit more sustainable—in wildly divergent ways, from bees, to dirt, to real estate development, to stormwater. This is Part 5 of 5.

Abir Ali 

Five ESG Investing Trends to Watch in 2020

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by Linda-Eling Lee, Global Head of ESG Research, MSCI; Meggin Thwing Eastman, Research Editorial Director, MSCI; and Ric Marshall, Corporate Governance Research (ESG), MSCI. 

ESG themes are long-term, but some can emerge with sudden force. We are watching Five Trends we believe will unfold in 2020 to catapult ESG investing into the new decade:

1) Climate Change Innovators: Spotting the Sleeping Giants

The Case for Investing in Sustainable Buildings

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by Sam Adams, CEO & Co-Founder, Vert Asset Management 

Why Invest for Sustainability in Real Estate?

The Productivity Equation

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by Cynthia Curtis, Senior Vice President, JLL  

The perception of the role of buildings is shifting to more of an enabler of creative, innovative work, of enhanced productivity. Core to that is the view through a sustainability lens. 

The Sustainability Edge in Real Estate Investing

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by Kimberly Ryan, Senior Portfolio Manager, Wells Fargo Private Bank

Commercial real estate can have a significant impact on the environment and an increasing number of real estate industry professionals are incorporating sustainability practices into corporate strategy and building management. Kimberly Ryan, Portfolio Manager for Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Social Impact Investing (SII) REIT strategies offers her thoughts on the benefits of integrating sustainability and ESG analysis into the REIT investment process.

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