University of San Diego
School of Law
EPIC’s Inaugural Director
Mr. Anders joined USD School of Law in October 2005 as EPIC’s inaugural director. In this position, he executes EPIC’s work plan and research agenda, and manages the day- to-day activities of the Center. Prior to joining the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC), Mr. Anders was director for policy and planning at the San Diego Regional Energy Office (SDREO).
In this capacity he managed regulatory and legislative issue research and analysis, directed communications with regulatory agencies, including writing position papers and comments before California’s regulatory agencies, directed technical and policy support for the SANDAG’s Energy Working Group, and directed solar energy activities, including technical and policy research.
Mr. Anders has authored or co-authored a number of papers and reports related to energy policy. Most recently he was a lead author on the report entitled, Potential for Renewable Energy in the San Diego Region. Mr. Anders also contributed to the San Diego Regional Energy Infrastructure Study, a technical and policy survey of the regional energy market in San Diego, and Energy 2030: The San Diego Regional Energy Strategy, which serves as the region’s roadmap for energy planning.
Prior to joining SDREO in 1999, Mr. Anders was a policy researcher for the Washington D.C. think tank Center for a Sustainable Economy, now part of Redefining Progress, where he researched market-based mechanisms as a policy tool for the energy sector. Mr. Anders was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa. Scott Anders holds a B.A. in international politics from Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) and an M.A. in public policy, with a concentration in environmental policy, from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.
Grant W. Austin
American Valuation, Inc.
Mr. Austin, M.S., MAI, MMRS, MRICS is the President of American Valuation, Inc. and Professor of Real Estate Valuation in Litigation at the Graduate School of Homburg Academy, Switzerland. He is a MAI Member of the Appraisal Institute, a Member of the Faculty of Valuation of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), and a Member of the Market Research Society (MMRS). Mr. Austin holds a Master of Science (M.S.) in Real Estate Appraisal and has been honored by Lambda Alpha International for his notable contributions to land economics.
He has been an Adjunct Professor of real estate and real estate finance at the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis), Florida Atlantic University, and Boston Architectural College. In addition serving as an Advisory Board member for the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, Mr. Austin is a Review Board Member for the Journal of Sustainability Education at The Institute for Social Change and the Prescott College PhD Program in Sustainability Education and an Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Emerald journal Property Management. He has authored numerous courses including “Valuation of Property Impairments and Contamination” at the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Austin is one of the leading professional valuation experts in America with expertise in complex properties, impaired properties, eminent domain, forensic analysis, construction defects, loss of use, valuation of green buildings and a wide variety of other real estate valuation/litigation matters with real property valuation assignments in 39 U.S. States.
AMB Property Corporation Director
Aaron G. Binkley is Director, Sustainability Programs for AMB Property Corporation. Binkley is an expert throughout the AMB organization on matters associated with LEED™ Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability. His responsibilities include working closely with operations and development teams globally to further AMB’s Sustainability Initiative, including our carbon strategy, tenant outreach and education programs, energy efficiency and retrofit initiatives, and renewable energy projects. Prior to joining AMB, Binkley worked as an architect where he engineered an historic renovation recognized as the oldest building to achieve LEED™ certification in the U.S. Binkley is a Registered Architect; LEED™ Accredited Professional, and has a Master of Science degree from MIT in Real Estate Development. AMB Property Corporation® is a leading global developer and owner of industrial real estate, focused on major hub and gateway distribution markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia. As of March 31, 2008, AMB owned, or had investments in, on a consolidated basis or through unconsolidated joint ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 150.2 million square feet (14.0 million square meters) in 45 markets within 14 countries. AMB invests in properties located predominantly in the infill submarkets of its targeted markets. The company’s portfolio is comprised of High Throughput Distribution® facilities—industrial properties built for speed and located near airports, seaports and ground transportation systems.
New York University
The Schack Institute of Real Estate
Center for Sustainable Built Environment Director
Stuart Brodsky is director of the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment and a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. Previously, he held positions at GE Capital Real Estate and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
At the Schack Institute, Professor Brodsky leads the development of curriculum and teaching green building, sustainability, and resilience for the graduate program in real estate development. As director of the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, Brodsky directs strategic planning, research, conference development, and mainstreaming of sustainability into Schack’s allied graduate programs in real estate, finance, and construction management.
From 2008 to 2012 Brodsky was a senior member for GE Capital Real Estate’s Global Sustainability team, which oversaw the design and integration of sustainable practices across a $80 billion investment portfolio. In that position he led the team’s work in public policy, including authoring congressionally adopted language for 179-D tax credits; and developed operations and management practices that received CEO mandate to by-pass a traditional pilot and advance to global adoption.
Brodsky led the Environmental Protection Agency’s launch and management of the ENERGY STAR program for commercial real estate from 1999 to 2008. In that position he oversaw the adoption of ENERGY STAR portfolio manager as the national standard for tracking and rating the energy performance of commercial buildings, established voluntary partnerships with owners, managers, and investors of over 7 billion square feet of commercial space, established ground breaking relationship with industry associations—including the design of sustainability award programs for NAREIT and AH&LA—and was a columnist and advisor to numerous real estate publications. He initiated funding for and contributed to the development of content for the BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP), oversaw the design of the Energy Star/BOMA Building Upgrade Value Calculator, and was a founding funder and advisor to the Green Building Finance Consortium.
During Brodsky’s tenure at the EPA, commercial property firms saved over $7.5 billion dollars in energy operating costs through strategies promulgated or facilitated by the Energy Star program. The 114 billion kilo-watt hour reduction in energy consumption resulted in the avoidance of over 24 million metric tons of green house gases—the equivalent of taking 17 million cars off US roads for one year.
Brodsky is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, advisory board of National Real Estate Investor’s Green Real Estate Strategies, ULI Responsible Property Investment Council, BOMA Energy Committee and Rapid Response Team, and co-chairs the ULI-NY Sustainable Building Council. He is the first federal employee and first non-member recipient of the BOMA Chairman’s Award, recipient of the ULI Chairman’s letter of appreciation, and honorary fellow of the Institute of Green Professionals (defunct).
Brodsky holds a Master of Environmental Design (terminal degree) from Yale School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hobart College.
Jones Lang LaSalle
Mr. Crews is Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle and is located in the Dallas, Texas office. He focuses on the disposition and capitalization of office and retail assets throughout the southwest. Mr. Crews has been involved in all aspects of the real estate industry since 1982 and specifically focused on the disposition and capitalization of assets since 1995. Over the past 10 years Mr. Crews has worked directly with his team to successfully complete the disposition or capitalization of over 51 Million with a value in excess of $4.2 Billion. Prior to joining Jones Land LaSalle Mr. Cres was a Principal with Trammell Crow Company prior to the acquisition of the firm CBRE responsible for building a team of 12 people that completed assignments in office, retail and industrial over a four year period. During this time the production in Dallas grew to over $1.5 billion in annual assignments.
Prior to joining Trammell Crow Company Mr. Crews was a Senior Director and a founding member of the HFF, LP Capital Markets Group. During the six years with HFF Mr. Crews worked with senior management to execute assignments in Dallas, Texas and hire other professionals in major markets connected to the core debt and equity business. The business grew to include over 20 professionals and $5 billion in production during this time. Mr. Crews attended the University of varsity athletics as member of the Golf Team. Since leaving the University of Arkansas Mr. Crews has been involved in ULI, ICSC and NAIOP as well as several local civic and social organizations such as Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas (President The Phorum), Highland Park Presbyterian Day School (current board member), Northwood Club (current board member) and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dale R. Dekker
As an original founder of D/P/S, Dale has over 30 years experience as a registered architect and planner. His extensive experience includes high tech, one-of-a-kind research facilities for Sandia National Laboratory, award winning school designs for Albuquerque Public Schools, and socially responsible designs of assisted living facilities for the elderly. Raised in Albuquerque, Dale has developed an extensive network of individuals and companies that are routinely brought together to assist his clients in creating successful projects. Dale is also very involved in enhancing the quality of life in our community by participating as a volunteer on a variety of boards and commissions. As an experienced architect and planner, Dale is committed to building a better state and community.
Colorado State University
LEED AP, Executive Director, CSU Faculty
Brian Dunbar is director of the Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) and professor of Construction Management at Colorado State University. Professor Dunbar holds two degrees in architecture from the University of Michigan, is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED AP, passing both the 2.0 and 2.1 exams. Brian’s teaching, research, and project work focuses on environmentally sustainable design and construction materials, methods, and systems. Professor Dunbar coordinates the graduate emphasis in sustainable building at Colorado State and has developed university and professional courses on sustainable building, including an annual course on St. John, USVI. Through IBE, an interdisciplinary research institute that engages faculty and industry partners in healthy and sustainable building issues, Brian has guided project work and facilitated charrettes for the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, American Institute of Architects, municipalities, school districts, and the Colorado Governor’s Office of Energy Management and Conservation. Brian has served as LEED consultant for six registered projects and, in 2004, was selected as a LEED-CI faculty member by the USGBC. Brian’s sustainable building teaching and research as been honored and recognized by the AIA, the USGBC-Colorado Chapter, local communities, and universities.
AIA, LEED AP
Senior Architect and Urban Designer
Richard Epstein, AIA, LEED AP, is an award-winning architect and educator with an extensive background in sustainable design for diverse project types. These include leading-edge projects such large public recycling centers in Boulder and Phoenix, and innovative mixed-use, civic and housing projects across the western U.S. Epstein is currently working on several large-scale master planning projects in the United Arab Emirates, as well as domestic architecture and urban design projects, all of which are creatively integrating sustainable solutions at all scales.
He is the recipient of numerous awards for his projects including the Colorado Renewable Energy Society and design awards from the American Institute of Architects. Epstein is on the Executive Committee of the Colorado Council of the Urban Land Institute. He co-chairs the Colorado Tomorrow Alliance, a regional alliance of diverse members promoting smart growth in the Denver Metropolitan region. He has served as a board member on the Boulder Energy Conservation Center for more than 10 years. Epstein attained his Master in Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has taught at the University of Colorado School of Architecture and Planning.
Andrew C. Florance
Andrew C. Florance founded CoStar Group, Inc. in 1987, fundamentally changing the way commercial real estate professionals access, use and share property information. Through CoStar, Mr. Florance pioneered the concept of commercial real estate firms outsourcing research functions to a third-party information provider, combining the operational efficiencies of a computer-based information system with the more complete, higher quality and standardized property information produced by the industry’s first independent research organization.
As President and CEO, Mr. Florance has directed CoStar’s successful expansion from start-up, to its IPO in July 1998, and to its market-leading position today as a publicly traded enterprise (Nasdaq: CSGP) with approximately 1,500 employees worldwide, a client base that includes the commercial real estate industry’s leading brokerage firms and property owners, and an international service platform covering the United States, the United Kingdom and Paris, France.
Mr. Florance has also been a leader in raising awareness of the importance of energy efficiency and sustainability within the commercial property sector. In 2008, he conceived and co-authored the first comprehensive analysis of leasing and sales activity in energy-efficient office buildings in the United States. The study, which was published in the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management, was selected by the American Real Estate Society as the Best Paper published in the prestigious academic real estate journal in 2008. The groundbreaking study was also cited as a critical factor in CoStar Group’s selection as the only commercial real estate-related company to win an ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2009.
In addition, Mr. Florance has received numerous other awards recognizing his accomplishments as an entrepreneur, innovator and corporate leader, including:
- Conceived and co-authored the study resulting in the 2010 launch of the CoStar Commercial Repeat-Sale Indices (CCRSI). Drawing on more than 20 years of historical sales comparables across all price ranges available in CoStar’s database, the CCRSI is believed to be the most comprehensive and thorough commercial real estate repeat-sale price index available in the market today. The study was recognized as “Best Manuscript” by the James R. Webb American Real Estate Society (ARES) Foundation.
- Named Real Estate Industry Executive of the Year for 2009 by the editors of the Cornell Real Estate Review;
- Recognized for leading CoStar to its ranking among the 50 fastest growing Maryland technology companies by Deloitte & Touche for 10 consecutive years, and its selection by Business 2.0 magazine for its list of the 100 fastest-growing public technology companies;
- Named Transwestern ‘s 2007 Public Company Trendsetter of the Year;
- Honored by Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) with its 15th anniversary award for industry innovation.
- Received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2000;
- Won a prize from NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, for his contribution to a white paper examining the potential impacts of 9-11 on investment-grade office buildings;
- Awarded two patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for developing mobile information gathering systems for collecting comprehensive commercial real estate information in the field.
A graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Florance serves on the Board of Directors for the American Real Estate Society, an association of real estate thought leaders whose members include leading global academic and professional researchers dedicated to exploring the critical issues of applied real estate decision-making. He also is a member of the Sierra Club and serves on the Governing Board for Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, the Shakespeare Theatre Board, and the National Museum Board.
U.S. Green Building Council
Vice President, Market Development
As the vice president for Market Development at the U.S. Green Building Council, Doug has oversight for deploying the family of LEED rating systems in all the major commercial market segments and for managing overall customer relations for LEED and the Council’s new pilot initiative, the Portfolio Program.
Prior to joining USGBC, Doug served as a senior advisor to the deputy associate administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked for nearly 10 years. From 1997-2004, he served as Team Leader for the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings program From 1992-1996, Doug was a project manager at the Washington, DC based Climate Institute, where he managed the Energy Smart Cities campaign, an effort to promote energy efficiency as way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. During this time he also helped the U.S. Department of Energy launch the Rebuild America program and was hired to manage the first round of Rebuild America Partnership Workshops. He has authored publications on climate change mitigation strategies, energy efficiency program design, and energy efficiency project financing.
Doug holds a bachelors degree in political science from Duke University and a masters in public policy from Georgetown University.
Daniele Horton founded Verdani Partners in 2012, bringing over 15 years of experience in sustainability, real estate, project management, and architecture. She is currently leading corporate sustainability efforts for two portfolios totaling over 30 Million sf of office space nationwide. A Harvard graduate with a degree in Sustainable Development, Horton was the Head of Sustainability for the well-known real estate firm Thomas Properties Group (TPG) for almost a decade. She led the LEED EBOM certification of TPG’s national portfolio of office buildings in house (13 Million sq. ft.). Under her leadership, TPG was ranked as the Highest Environmental Performer in the Americas (in the office category) by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) in 2011, 2012 & 2013. Prior to joining TPG, Ms. Horton worked as an architect and planner in Brazil and the U.S.
Ms. Horton is a frequent lecturer and serves in leadership roles for multiple committees and affiliated organizations such as the San Diego Green Building Council, USGBC-LA Existing Buildings Committee, USGBC National MAC & EBOM Committees, the ULI Greenprint Performance Committee, BOMA GLA, the Real Estate Roundtable, the California Sustainability Alliance and the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate. She is also an adjunct instructor at USD’s MRED Sustainable Real Estate Class.
Ms. Horton holds a Master’s in Sustainable Development from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s in Architecture & Urban Planning from Catholic University of Goias in Brazil. Additional professional designations include LEED AP O+M, Construction Management (UCLA), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and a California Real Estate License.
Procter & Gamble
Director, Global Facilities & Real Estate
Lydia Jacobs-Horton is Director of Procter & Gamble’s Global Facilities & Real Estate (F&RE) Organization, within Global Business Services. F&RE leads corporate real estate strategy, operations and outsourcing relationship management for P&G’s global portfolio.
Lydia has a Bachelor of Science in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Cincinnati (UC) and a Master’s of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate from UC.
Lydia was recently accepted as a member of the Counselors of Real Estate. She is a five-year board member of the Downtown Cincinnati Improvement District and a ten-year member of the UC Real Estate Executive Advisory Board. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband and two daughters.
Office of Global Public Policy
International Council of Shopping Centers
Staff Vice President
Kent Jeffreys is the Staff Vice President for the Office of Global Public Policy of the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Jeffreys participates in the development of ICSC’s policy positions and communicates those positions to members of Congress, federal agencies and state and local officials. He has primary responsibility for the direction and administration of ICSC’s federal legislative and regulatory activities on environmental, energy, and land-use policy issues. Mr. Jeffreys received his law degree from the University of Mississippi.
David M. Jellison
Liberty Property Trust
Vice President and City Manager
David M. Jellison is Vice President and City Manager for Liberty Property Trust. His team’s primary mission is to:
To attain or exceed the company’s growth and profitability objectives by exploiting opportunities in the local market for development, acquisitions, dispositions, new leases and lease renewals. To represent the company in the local commercial real estate market. To represent Senior Management in the local office. To manage the company’s assets and direct local staff in a manner that advances the company’s interests.
Prior to joining the Liberty Property Trust staff, Mr. Jellison served in executive-level positions with two of the region’s most notable real estate companies, MEPC American Properties, Inc. and United Properties. He was a broker with United Properties for 13 years and headed the Minneapolis operations of MEPC American Properties for nine years when Duke-Weeks Corporation acquired MEPC and Mr. Jellison became vice president and general manager of Duke’s Minneapolis office group.
In addition to his business success, Mr. Jellison is an active member of the community. He supports both professional and spiritual organizations, including the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP) and the Calvary Memorial Church in Wayzata, MN. He served three years as the chairman of the Legislative Committee for the Minnesota Chapter of NAIOP. He also served on their Board of Directors and as president of the MN Chapter and currently serves on the NAIOP National Board of Directors and is a past Chairman of the National Board.
Raised in Fargo, North Dakota, Mr. Jellison earned his B.S. Degree at Moorhead State University. Mr. Jellison’s family consists of his wife; Susan, two daughters; Mindi and Kami, who reside in San Diego, CA, and son; Tad, who resides in Minneapolis, MN.
Stephen L. Kapp
CEM, CDSM, LEED-AP
Siemens Industry, Inc.
Sr. Energy Engineer
Serves as senior energy engineer at the San Diego branch office of Siemens Industry, Building Technologies Division, leading their Energy & Environmental Solutions group. His primary role consists of business development and energy/green building engineering responsibilities, functioning between their operations, sales and design/engineering/construct teams. Also entails product development support for corporate in the area of Smart Consumption and Smart Grid applications and services.
He was previously Technology Resources Manager at the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) and served as the organization’s technical expert and liaison in matters relating to energy management, conservation, renewables, green building design and sustainable development. Stephen ran the $3.1 million Tax Exempt Customer Assistance Program, $1.8 million San Diego Energy Resource Center Program and $396,000 Green Building Program.
With over 25 years experience in the energy and technologies industry, Stephen has performed over 200 energy audits and over 300 energy design reviews, building energy simulations, analyses and feasibility studies. He has provided consulting assistance on over 40 green building projects. He also invented and brought to market a building products database program entitled FenSpec™. A frequent contributor to CCSE’s Energy Connection e-newsletter, he also was editor and publisher of a national award-winning energy newsletter, managing editor of a statewide energy association (CABEC) newsletter and was published in Architectural Specifier magazine.
He has also been a technical reviewer of state standards, such California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards, NonResidential Design Manuals and the new 2010 California Green Building Standards Code. He has planned, conducted, and/or moderated hundreds of seminars and workshops on software applications, energy topics, building systems, and sustainable development, as well as planning and implementing several conferences.
Stephen received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies at San Jose State University where he completed an Emphasis Program in Energy Resource Management and Solar Architectural Design. Stephen serves on various energy and sustainable development committees.and is a member of ASHRAE, AEE and USGBC. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Certified Demand Side Management Professional (CDSM) through the Association of Energy Engineers, and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(tm) Accredited Professional (LEED-AP) through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
Charles B. Leitner III
Chief Executive Officer, Greenprint Foundation
Mr. Leitner is Chief Executive Officer for the Greenprint Foundation, a non-profit organization created by a global alliance of leading real estate investors to spearhead the industry’s drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating value in property portfolios. In addition, Mr. Leitner is Chairman of RREEF, the global real estate investment business of Deutsche Asset Management (DeAM). He is also a member of DeAM’s Global Operating Committee.
Mr. Leitner joined RREEF in August 1988 after seven years of investment industry experience and became a Partner in the firm in 1996. In 2001 he assumed overall responsibility for RREEF’s U.S. real estate acquisition business. Deutsche Bank acquired RREEF in 2002 and, in 2004, Mr. Leitner became the Global Head of RREEF. In that capacity, Mr. Leitner led the globalization of the real estate and infrastructure businesses of Deutsche Asset Management under the RREEF brand. Prior to joining RREEF, he was associated with TIAA and GE Capital in real estate finance. Leitner has served as a Director for a variety of real estate entities including Dexus, a listed property trust in Australia, and DB Real Estate Investment GmbH, a German based manager of Global real estate funds. He is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, on the Board of Directors of the Pension Real Estate Association, a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, and a member of the Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Leitner graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he currently serves as a Trustee and a member of the Athletic Board of Overseers.
David P. Lorenz
Lorenz Property Advisors – Chartered Surveyors
Dr. David Lorenz MRICS is the founder of Lorenz Property Advisors – Chartered Surveyors (a strategic sustainability consultancy) and managing director of AAAcon Asset Management GmbH. He holds a degree in real estate economics from the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart, a Master of Science in Construction Management from the Nottingham Trent University and the Waterford Institute of Technology, and has a doctorate in economics from the University of Karlsruhe.
David has several years of experience in valuation, estates management and property development and is actively engaged in research and education at the Chair of Sustainable Management of Housing and Real Estate at the University of Karlsruhe.
He has published on issues relating to sustainability in property investment, valuation and risk assessment in refereed journals such as the Journal of Property Investment & Finance, Property Management and Building Research & Information. David is a spokesperson of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chairman of the RICS EU Advisory Group on Sustainable Property Investment & Management.
L. Hunter Lovins
Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS)
President and Founder
L. Hunter Lovins is the President and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS). NCS educate senior decision-makers in business, government and civil society to restore and enhance the natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. In partnership with leading thinkers and Implementers, NCS creates innovative, practical tools and strategies to enable companies, communities and countries to become more sustainable.
Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), Lovins cofounded the California Conservation Project (Tree People), and Rocky Mountain Institute, which she led for 20 years. Lovins has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide. She has consulted with large and small companies including the International Finance Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, Interface, Cliff Bar and Wal-Mart. Governmental clients include the Pentagon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and other agencies, numerous cities, and the governments of Jamaica, Australia, and the U.S. She also serves an advisor to the Energy Minister of the Government of Afghanistan.
Recipient of such honors as the Right Livelihood Award, Lindbergh Award and Leadership in Business, she was named Time Magazine 2000 Hero of the Planet. She has co-authored nine books and hundreds of papers, including the 1999 book, Natural Capitalism and 2006 Climate Protection Manual for Cities. She has served on the boards of governments, non- and for profit companies. Hunter’s areas of expertise include Natural Capitalism, sustainable development, globalization, energy and resource policy, economic development, climate change, land management, and fire rescue and emergency medicine. She developed the Economic Renewal Project and helped write many of its manuals on sustainable community economic development. She is currently a founding Professor of Business at Presidio School of Management, one of the first accredited programs offering an MBA in Sustainable Management.
Head of Americas Research
Asieh is a real estate economist with over 24 years industry experience. She currently serves as the Head of Americas Research for CBRE. In that role, she is responsible for directing CBRE’s Americas-based commercial real estate market analysts, advise the Americas leadership and professionals on economic issues, serve as a key spokesperson on the commercial real estate environment and work closely with her CBRE research colleagues around the world. Asieh also sits on CBRE’s Americas Operations Management Committee.
Prior to joining CBRE, she was a Managing Director, Head of Americas Research for RREEF, the real estate arm of Deutsche Asset Management. She joined RREEF in May 1998 after 10 years of industry experience. While at RREEF, she was the global macroeconomist for the RREEF business, supporting investment and acquisition decisions for real estate, infrastructure, and private equity. She was also responsible for analyzing the global economy, and its impact on RREEF fund offerings and strategy. Through her tenure at RREEF, she played a key role in advising clients around the world on the strategic aspects of investing in real estate, infrastructure, and private equity from a macro and micro economic perspective. She sat on the Global Investment Committee, Americas Investment Committee, the Securities Strategic Investment Committee, and the Pan-European Infrastructure Investment Committee.
Prior to joining RREEF, she was senior regional economist with Standard & Poors’ DRI (Data Resources, Inc.) where she was responsible for covering real estate markets and regional economies throughout the US. Prior to DRI, she conducted real estate market analysis and modeling of property markets for F.W. Dodge. She is the author of several applied research works on issues related to the econometric specification of hotels and industrial markets, the performance characteristics of infrastructure investments, the non-normality of real estate returns, hedging risk in real estate investments. She was awarded two manuscript prizes from the American Real Estate Society for published work.
The Muldavin Company, Inc.
Mr. Muldavin, President of The Muldavin Company, Inc., has been a consultant for over 30 years to many of the world’s leading real estate companies. He was a lead real estate partner at Deloitte & Touché, co-founded Guggenheim Real Estate, a $3+ billion private real estate company, served on the Advisory Board of Global Real Analytics, an advisor to $2 billion of REIT and CMBS funds, and completed over 300 consulting engagements involving real estate finance, mortgage lending, investment, valuation, securitization and sustainability. Since 2006, Mr. Muldavin has been Executive Director of the Green Building Finance Consortium and a leading figure in international collaborations tackling sustainable valuation and finance challenges. As a Senior Advisor to the Rocky Mountain Institute, he collaborates closely on initiatives to expand the depth of sustainability investment and has been involved in scores of other projects addressing valuation, finance policy, performance assessment, energy efficiency, database development and other important topics. Mr. Muldavin has authored over 200 articles and books, is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard University, a Counselor of Real Estate (CRE), and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
David L. Pogue
National Director of Sustainability
Institutional and Corporate Services
Dave manages the development, introduction and implementation of a wide-ranging platform of sustainable practices and policies throughout CBRE’s 1.1 billion square foot America’s portfolio of managed properties, working closely with Facilities Management, Project Management, Global Corporate Services and Asset Services, focused on achieving a consistent balance of maximum financial performance and responsible environmental stewardship.
Dave’s efforts have led to the introduction of the firm’s Sensible Sustainability program, which includes the aggressive endorsement of the EPA Energy Star program, the introduction of the Green Knights, a partnership with BOMA International for the company-wide delivery of the BOMA BEEP training and the recently announced association with USGBC to gain LEED EB certification on a 100 building portfolio.
Mark Alan Robinson
MBA, LEED AP, GA-C
Momentum Bay Associates LP
Mark Robinson is a partner at Momentum Bay Associates LP, a comprehensive green management consulting firm. Momentum Bay equips midsized organizations and individuals with current, relevant information and tools to drive sustainable long-term growth by going green profitably. Robinson has a broad and deep understanding of and passion for sustainability, creation care and construction. Robinson began his career as a turnaround management & strategic growth consultant for home décor, flooring & wood products manufacturers; design-build firms; building supply distributors & retailers; and others across the construction industry.
In 2002, the focus of his client work & personal life shifted rapidly to sustainability & related “green” industries: green building, renewable energy, natural/organic food, and even his own green courtship & wedding (articles featured in The Houston Chronicle & Today’s Groom Magazine). Robinson’s inspiration to “go green” is rooted in solid business principles & the values learned from some of his heroes — his grandpa, parents & former youth pastors. Robinson’s broad & deep understanding of & personal passion for creation care, sustainability & construction uniquely equip him to help companies & individuals “go green.”
Robinson earned a Masters in Business Administration from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, the nation’s top ranked Entrepreneurship MBA program. He earned a bachelors degree at Trinity University, with majors in business administration & psychology, as well as a minor in French.
National Director of Analytics
Jay Spivey is the National Director of Analytics with CoStar Group. Has been with CoStar since 1999 and has more than 19 years of research and analytic experience in the commercial real estate industry. Mr. Spivey has been the primary architect behind CoStar’s Analytic product offering, including:
- Developing the definitions and methodologies used by CoStar’s research staff to gather and report real estate information across all its markets. These definitions and methodologies have subsequently evolved into industry-wide standards for reporting on commercial real estate.
- Designing CoStar’s Analytic product, including the software and historical analytic database used by CoStar subscribers for reporting commercial real estate statistics.
- Creating the 275 quarterly Office, Industrial and Retail market reports available to CoStar subscribers today.
Mr. Spivey also consults with CoStar’s national institutional clients, including Merrill Lynch, CSFB, JP Morgan and Citigroup, to create custom Analytic solutions to their commercial real estate analysis and reporting needs.
During his career, Mr. Spivey has written about and studied commercial real estate extensively. In 2008, Spivey co-authored the first comprehensive analysis of leasing and sales activity in energy-efficient office buildings in the United States. The study, which was published in the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management, was selected by the American Real Estate Society (ARES) as the Best Paper published in the prestigious academic real estate journal in 2008. The groundbreaking study was also cited as a critical factor in CoStar Group’s selection as the only commercial real estate-related company to win an ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2009.
Prior to joining CoStar, Mr. Spivey was a Vice President with Jamison Research, a commercial real estate research company based in Atlanta that merged with CoStar Group. At Jamison Research, he oversaw all research operations for the company.
Mr. Spivey graduated from Georgia Tech where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management Science.
Leanne Tobias is founder and principal of Malachite LLC, an advisory firm that specializes in the development, leasing, management and financing of sustainable or green real estate on a global basis. She brings over 20 years of institutional real estate investment and management experience to the sustainable real estate field, and is one of the few real estate investment experts who has been designated as a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council. Ms. Tobias is the author of the Urban Land Institute’s forthcoming book on sustainable office renovation for the Urban Land Institute and is a sought-after international speaker, who has lectured on sustainable real estate investment for the United Nations; Harvard, Wharton and Columbia Business Schools; Investment and Pensions Europe, the U.S. Green Building Council and others. Ms. Tobias is also an advisor to the Green Building Finance Consortium.
Ms. Tobias was previously Managing Director of the Multi-Employer Property Trust, a multi-billion dollar commercial real estate equity fund; headed the real estate operations of the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust; and directed programs for capital markets and institutional lenders at the Mortgage Bankers Association. She holds an MBA from Wharton Business School and an MPA degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
New Buildings Institute
Cathy Turner is Senior Analyst for New Buildings Institute (NBI), a nonprofit organization working to improve commercial building efficiency and environment through research, guidelines, and communications. Her work focuses on measured energy performance feedback: developing building performance review tools, and increasing the availability and usefulness of performance feedback for audiences ranging from program managers to individual building owners. A co-author of the 2008 study for USGBC of measured, post-occupancy energy performance of LEED buildings, Ms Turner combines recent building-efficiency research with a strong business and quantitative-analysis background.
Principal Real Estate Investors
Managing Director, Portfolio Manager
Vance is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of the Principal Green Property Fund for Principal Real Estate Investors, the dedicated real estate group of Principal Global Investors. The Principal Green Property Fund is a closed-end equity fund targeting LEED certified assets. The fund raised more than $300 million of equity from institutional pension funds. Before assuming his role as Portfolio Manager, Vance oversaw an equity asset management team that was responsible for the management and financial performance of a $5 billion commercial real estate portfolio. In this role, Vance was actively involved in more than $1 billion of new development projects, many of which targeted LEED certification. Vance joined the firm in 1991. He received an MBA in finance from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grand View College. Vance is a LEED Accredited Professional, a licensed real estate broker, and a member of both the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
A popular author, consultant, and speaker Alan Whitson has been pegged as the “Green Building Guru Who Paints a Profit-Making Picture.” He is one of the nation’s most charismatic, knowledgeable speakers on how to build the business case for high performance buildings. He is the seminar leader for the acclaimed Turning Green into Gold®” educational programs. More than 17,000 design, construction, engineering, facilities, and real estate professionals involved in over one billion square feet in projects have viewed these seminars in live formats and via the internet. He is chairing a national task force to write a Model Green Lease. Whitson’s books include 365 Important Questions to Ask about Green Buildings, Smart Moves Manual, 327 Questions to Ask Before You Sign a Lease, Building Operating Costs Guidebook, and Bottom Line Comparative Lease Analysis Software. He is a reviewer for BOMI’s Asset Management textbook. His column, Turning Green into Gold, appears regularly in OfficeInsight, a national online newsletter. He has written for a multitude of newspapers, magazines and trade journals including Buildings, Building Operating Management, Buildings Design & Construction, Business Xpansion, Colorado Real Estate Journal, Commercial Building Products, Crain’s, and Environment Design+ Construction. He also was a key contributor to two online training projects, Green Building Core & Shell and Sustainable Healthcare, for AIA, USGBC, and Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability. Whitson’s experience encompasses over 40 million square feet of facilities around the world in the roles of Asset Manager, Corporate Facilities Manager, Construction Manager, Development Manager, and Commercial Real Estate Broker. The scope of Whitson’s 30+-year career gives him a keen insight into the real estate needs of today’s corporation, and a unique understanding of the architectural, construction and real estate industries. He has held positions with: The Muller Company, Newport Beach; Bank of America’s Corporate Real Estate Division; Storek & Storek Architecture, San Francisco; The Shorenstein Company, San Francisco; Environmental Design Engineering, Seattle, San Francisco and Honolulu.
Sally R. Wilson
AIA, LEED AP
Global Director of Environmental Strategy/Senior Vice President
Sally Wilson has more than 20 years of experience in the design of commercial interiors and base building renovations. Previously a partner in a top Washington, DC architecture and interior design firm, her diverse background provides a unique dimension to the platform of services provided by CB Richard Ellis.
Ms. Wilson’s extensive portfolio includes work with corporations, technology companies, associations, professional service firms and government agencies. Her areas of expertise have included sustainability, programming, strategic planning, building due diligence, budgeting, scheduling, team development and lease negotiation.
Ms. Wilson is also CBRE’s representative to the U.S. Green Building Council and was the first licensed broker designated as LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional). She served three years on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Core and Shell steering committee. The committee was responsible for developing the rating system utilized by designers, builders, new developers and building owners who address sustainable design for base building elements such as the sites, structure, envelop and building systems. Ms. Wilson’s experience on the committee has allowed her to have a detailed understanding of the rating system as well as a balanced perspective from the tenant and landlord’s view. She has used this experience in recent transactions for Toyota’s Washington, DC government affairs office, Thompson & Knight, LLP in Dallas, Ballard Spahr, LLP in Las Vegas, CBRE’s Washington, DC office, and the U.S. Green Building Council’s headquarters in Washington, DC. She is currently advising Perkins Coie, LLP in its Seattle headquarters.
Ms. Wilson has participated in the Carnegie Mellon Consortiums BID program, a research program that analyzes the benefits of green building systems and their effects on return on investment cost, productivity, absenteeism and turnover. In addition to Brokerage, Ms. Wilson expanded the scope of her company responsibilities even further in 2007, taking on the newly-created role of CBRE’s Global Director of Environmental Strategy. In this position, Ms. Wilson manages the strategy, implementation and communications related to CBRE’s global environmental initiatives. She also serves as the company’s primary spokesperson, is the liaison with CBRE’s environmental partners, and leads the development of the firm’s Environmental Sustainability practice group.
Ms. Wilson’s recent “green” speaking engagements include the 2008 Fortune Brainstorm Green Conference, and the Urban Land Institute’s 2008 Green Building Summit. She has also contributed to publications in Interior Design Magazine, Small Business Magazine and Sustainable Building Interiors by Penny Bonda and Katie Sosnowchik.
Co-Founder & CEO
Jim is the Co-Founder and CEO of Realcomm, the world’s leading conference on technology, business solutions, the internet and building automation for the Commercial Real Estate Industry. With over 13 years experience in Real Estate and technology Jim has been involved in some of the most important projects in the industry. He has spoken to over 100,000 professionals on the topic and has authored more than 150 articles on the subject of technology, the internet, business solutions and building automation for Commercial Real Estate.
PE, MBA, LEED Fellow
Professional Engineer, Green Building and Sustainability Consultant
Jerry Yudelson is widely recognized as one of the leading green building experts in the world. He is a professional engineer and a sustainability consultant for leading real estate development companies. He chaired the Steering Committee for the USGBC’s annual Greenbuild conference from 2004 through 2009, and trained more than 3,500 people in the LEED rating system. Jerry has authored 13 leading-edge books on green building, sustainable development, water conservation, green homes and design process, along with more than 100 articles and research papers. In 2007, the International Council of Shopping Centers named Jerry as its first Research Scholar for Real Estate Sustainability. Since 2006, he has been a National Peer Professional with the US General Services Administration’s “Design Excellence” program. Jerry has keynoted more than 60 national and international conferences since 2007, in 13 countries.