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NYU Schack Hosts Second Annual Sustainable Real Estate Conference, February 23rd

February 2, 2012
N-219, 2011-12

February conference will address the lack of data and common performance metrics needed to evaluate impact of property retrofits on energy savings and ROI

The New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Center for the Sustainable Built Environment SBE@Schack ( will host its second Annual Conference on Sustainable Real Estate, on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at NYU’s Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, NYC.

The day-long conference, “Energy Performance, Risk, and Real Estate Capital Markets: Searching for Common Metrics,” will investigate topics such as the growing significance of energy performance and carbon emissions in real estate investments as well as the importance of data and information in scaling up energy efficiency initiatives. Private, public, and academic sectors leaders will discuss the emerging debt and equity markets for commercial building energy efficiency, the role of data and information technology in decision making, and the need for common performance metrics that cross disciplinary and professional boundaries.

“There are many unresolved questions about how best to collect, disseminate, analyze, and operationalize energy performance data to expand energy efficiency markets in the built environment,” said Conference Chair Constantine E. Kontokosta, P.E., director of the SBE@Schack. “At the Conference, we are gathering leaders in the field to discuss what has worked, what needs to be done, and how best to develop common standards and metrics that can be effectively understood by all of the disciplines that have a hand in determining the future of energy efficiency in our cities.”

The Conference will feature four panels:

Panel 1: “Public Policy, Transparency, and Energy Performance” – Moderated by NYC Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability’s Laurie Kerr, the panel includes: ConEdison’s Rebecca Craft, University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Mark Alan Hughes, Institute for Market Transformation’s Cliff Majersik, and New York State Department of State’s Ron Piester.

Panel 2: “Open Data and the Role of Information Technology” – Moderated by Cisco Systems, Inc.’s Relina Bulchandani, the panel includes: Rudin Management Company, Inc.’s John J. Gilbert III, Jones Lang LaSalle’s Peter Miscovich, and IBM Global Business Services’ Joe Phillips.

Panel 3: “Financing Building Energy Efficiency - Overcoming Uncertainty” – Moderated by New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation’s Susan Leeds, the panel includes: Fannie Mae’s Caroline Blakely, National Resources Defense Council’s Greg Hale, Cushman & Wakefield’s Theddi Wright Chappell, and Transcend Equity’s Sean Neill.

Panel 4: “Investment Performance and Energy Performance – Is There a Link?” – Moderated Greenprint Foundation and RREEF Real Estate’s Chuck Leitner, the panel includes: The Related Companies’ Jeff Brodsky and Vornado Realty Trust’s David Greenbaum

Registration for the Conference is now open. To view the complete agenda or to register, visit

The Conference co-chairs include Relina Bulchandani, director of Connected Real Estate, Cisco; Susan Leeds, chief executive officer, New York City Energy Efficiency Corp.; and Charles B. Leitner III, president and chief executive officer, Greenprint Foundation, and chairman, RREEF Real Estate.

About the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate

The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate ( 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, NYU Schack is home to graduate degree and related graduate certificate programs—notably the M.S. in Real Estate,  the M.S. in Construction Management, and the M.S. in Real Estate Development—which enroll some 700 full- and part-time students from more than 30 countries and have nearly 2,500 alumni degree-holders around the globe.  In addition, each year approximately 7,200 working professionals enroll in the Institute's professional certificate programs, noncredit courses, 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 houses the NYU 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. NYU Schack is one of several comprehensive academic divisions within the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally.


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NYU Schack Hosts Second Annual Sustainable Real Estate Conference, February 23rd

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