NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate 5th Annual Conference on Sustainable Real Estate to Focus on the Role of Certification Programs and the Emergence of New Market Drivers

Confirmed Speakers for the February 26th Event Include William G. Lashbrook of PNC Real Estate, Richard T. Anderson of the New York Building Congress, and John Gilbert of Rudin Management Company, Inc.

NEW YORK, February 17, 2015 – The NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate Center for the Sustainable Built Environment (sps.nyu.edu/sbe) will host the 5th Annual Conference on Sustainable Real Estate on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Titled “From Sustainability to Resilience: The Role of Certification Programs and the Emergence of New Market Drivers,” the Conference is designed to stimulate the industry to expand upon its successes, strengthen the outcomes of emerging practices in operations and investment, and develop a coordinated roadmap to address the acknowledged call for the integration of practices in sustainability and resilience.

The real estate industry’s 15-year adoption of sustainability practices is illustrated by the more than 24 billion square feet of ENERGY STAR® and six billion square feet of LEED® and Green Globes® certifications. More recently there has been a growing awareness of the importance of resilience. This period has been punctuated by climate events, including hurricanes, droughts, heat waves, and firestorms of unprecedented scale. In response, there have been increased levels of government assistance and insurance industry payouts.

Panelists who will lend their expertise on these topics include those in REITs, property management, institutional investment, infrastructure, and construction. Confirmed speakers include: Richard T. Anderson (New York Building Congress), John Gilbert (Rudin Management Company, Inc.), Eric Duchon (Cushman & Wakefield), Jonathan Flaherty (Tishman Speyer), Ari Frankel (Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management), Jean Lupinacci (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Sukanya Paciorek (Vornado Realty Trust), Kurt Padavano (Advance Realty Development, LLC), David L. Pogue (CBRE), and Nicholas E. Stolatis (TIAA-CREF).

The morning keynote speaker will be William G. Lashbrook, senior vice president, PNC Real Estate; he will discuss the achievements and progress of sustainability in real estate and give insights into the future of sustainability, resilience, and the green marketplace. Rosemary Scanlon, divisional dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate will offer welcoming remarks, Stuart Brodsky, clinical assistant professor and director of the Schack Institute’s Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, will deliver the introduction, and Patricia Lancaster, clinical professor at the Schack Institute, will moderate the closing panel.

Registration for the Conference is now open. To view the complete agenda or to register, visit sps.nyu.edu/sbeconference.

Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., a long-time supporter of the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment’s annual conference, is this year’s sponsor. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jessica Estrada-Watson at jessica.watson@nyu.edu.


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About the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate
The NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate (sps.nyu.edu/schack) was founded in 1967 at the initiative of prominent real estate leaders, who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that provided an educational foundation for professionals within their industry. Today, the Schack Institute of Real Estate offers graduate degrees—notably the M.S. in Real Estate, the M.S. in Construction Management, and the M.S. in Real Estate Development—as well as graduate certificates in real estate and construction management, all of which enroll nearly 700 full- and part-time students from more than 30 countries, with over 3,500 graduates around the globe. In September 2013, the Schack Institute launched a new undergraduate degree – the B.S. in Real Estate.

Each year, approximately 4,200 working professionals enroll in the Schack Institute’s certificate programs, noncredit courses, intensives, and licensure-related offerings in such areas as real estate finance, sales and brokerage, sustainable design, facilities management, and architecture and civil engineering. The Institute also is home to the REIT Center and the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, and hosts key industry events, including annual conferences on real estate capital markets and REITs. The Schack Institute of Real Estate is one of several academic divisions within the School of Professional Studies, which offers a broad range of professionally focused undergraduate, graduate, and noncredit offerings.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing and Marketing Analytics; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; Sports Management, Media, and Business; and Translation.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by close to 48,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 30,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.