ESG & Decarbonizing Real Estate Forum (Winter)
Nashville, TN
February 7 - 8, 2023


IMN is pleased to announce the Inaugural ESG & Decarbonizing Real Estate Forum (Winter), taking place February 7-8 in Nashville, TN.

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) is now playing a more prominent role in how companies around the globe operate, and how investors invest.  In the real estate market ESG considerations are being embedded into every stage of the property lifecycle.  Awareness is growing that the sector can have a significant positive impact on the environment, diversity and inclusion, social responsibility, and impact investment opportunities.     

But ESG is not just about checking boxes and meeting requirements…Investors, employees, customers, suppliers and tenants are all paying attention, and are demanding that standards be raised.  Investors understand that ESG is a driver for long-term value and sustainability, and it has become an important part of the decision making around where they allocate capital.    

We're excited to explore all of the issues surrounding ESG including impacts on development and investment, criteria for owners, managers, developers and builders; best practices to improve your ESG score; how to manage disclosures and reporting; impacts on residential and commercial markets; and strategies around closing the gap between profitability, sustainability and making real commitments to social change. 

Featuring the timely educational takeaways and variety of tailored networking opportunities you’ve come to expect from IMN, we hope you will join us in February. Be sure to bookmark this website to stay updated as more information becomes available.

Who Should Attend
  • Real Estate Owners & Developers
  • Chief Diversity Officers
  • Private Equity Firms
  • Family Offices & Pension Funds
  • Asset Managers
  • Chief Sustainability Officers
  • Property Management Firms
  • Equity Investors
  • Lenders
  • Brokers
  • Investor Relations Professionals
  • Attorneys
  • Corporate Advisory Firms
  • Vendors & Service Providers
  • Technology & Software Providers

Conference Highlights

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    Tuesday, February 7th, 2023

      Pre-Conference Online Course: ESG 101: What is Environmental, Social and Governance?

      • ESG is not about “checking the box” but can drive real value. Do you really understand all the components of ESG? In this on-line introductory class for conference attendees, you’ll explore what companies and investors goals are when it comes to ESG initiatives, recognize the metrics used to evaluate accomplishments and get an understanding of what your ESG goals should be and what you willing to give up to get there.

      Meeting the ESG Goals of Institutional Investors: What Factors are Influencing Their Decisions?

        • What are Institutional Investors really looking for?
        • Understanding the ratings and standards used by investors to evaluate your success
        • Creating a roadmap to ensure you are meeting your goals
        • Increasing your engagement with institutional investors as an effective tool for achieving goals and objectives
        • NOI vs. ROI vs. ESG
        • Navigating the different needs that investors may have based on the strategies, products and sectors they face
        • Is it just about public relations or do they really want to make the world a better place?
        • Are your investors confident that you will meet your goals?
        • The need to satisfy investor demand

      Analyzing ESG Data: What Data Do You Already Have? What Data Do You Need?

        • Tracking and reporting ESG metrics and measuring ESG impact and success
        • The importance of measuring, reporting and transparency
        • Overcoming gaps in ESG data
        • Disclosure requirements
        • Using transparency as a tool to promote resilience and adaptability
        • How to tell your ESG story to investors
        • What are institutional investors reporting expectations?
        • Improving your ESG performance with baselining and benchmarking
        • Capturing data on how your green units perform

      The Tenant Perspective: How ESG Manifests at the Property Level

        • It’s not only about appealing to institutional investors:  What about the tenants?
        • How ESG manifests at the property level, not the company level
        • Why does leasing in ESG friendly buildings matter to companies?
        • What type of ESG factors are important to tenants?
        • Understanding your tenant’s priorities

      Valuing ESG in Real Estate Portfolios

        • How do ESG programs impact the value of your assets in your portfolio?
        • Using ESG Factors for equity valuation
        • The link between portfolio sustainability indicators and REIT stock market performance 
        • How does tenant retention, reduction in lost rents and lower vacancy at turnover impact valuations?
        • How can you circumvent the subjectivity of ESG?
        • Including cash flow adjustments related to ESG risks
        • How cash flow drivers could be determined by incorporating an ESG perspective

      Greenwashing: Can You Back Up Your ESG Claims?

        • How are regulators combating greenwashing by pressuring companies, asset owners and asset managers to back up their ESG claims?
        • Public opinion and perception
        • Is ESG just a “PR stunt” to many companies?
        • Is the concept around ESG getting harder to defend when some of the largest companies and investors are exaggerating their ESG claims?
        • Are boards being given enough room to prioritize ESG into their corporate strategy?
        • Is market skepticism starting to impact the merits of ESG investing?
        • Regulation: Accelerating efforts to prevent greenwashing

      Managing ESG Risk in Operational and Financial Performance

        • Risk management and improving long-term financial performance
        • Using ESG to reduce financial and operational exposure to climate-related risks, changes in energy sources and shifts in energy costs
        • How does risk tolerance and investment horizon come into play?
        • Using technology to manage ESG related risk
        • The importance of using supplier diversity programs
        • Developing an ESG risk management framework
        • How sustainability initiatives drive better financial performance through more innovation

      Leveraging ESG Incentive Programs

        • Green infrastructure funding opportunities
        • Funding resources: What federal, non-profit, and local resources are available on the community level?
        • Taking advantage of tax credit programs and grants
        • Linking executive compensation to ESG goals
        • Public-Private partnerships
        • Federal community development, redevelopment and restoration grant programs
        • DOE Energy Efficiency savings
        • C-PACE, Freddie-Mac and solar incentives

      Using Technology to Build and Enhance Your ESG Strategy

        • What ESG reporting software are available to simplify your process, ensure investment-grade data, and drive business value?
        • Using technology to design a framework that will support ESG ambitions and reporting
        • What is the right set of technology to collect the data and report against it?
        • Deploying ESG digital solutions to comply with regulations
        • Using technology to drive innovative thinking

      Owners and Operators: Managing Profitability and Sustainability While Controlling Costs

        • Balancing ESG concerns while managing the expectations of all stakeholders and managing profits?
        • Leveraging non-financial measures to create sustainable long-term value
        • Managing rising labor and materials costs, increased property insurance premiums and higher utility costs
        • How tenants are driving your ESG strategy
        • Short term vs. long term goals
        • Can you be profitable while also doing the right thing?
        • The importance of supplier diversity programs
        • Communicating your priorities to stakeholders
        • Best practices for operating in a sustainable and profitable manner

      Understanding and Implementing True Net-Zero Goals

        • Energy-saving and net-zero are now the new normal
        • Cost effective strategies to reduce energy consumption
        • Pressure from investors, clients and employees to do more
        • Are lenders providing more favorable interest rates to ESG compliant projects?
        • Strategies and hurdles
        • Net-zero energy vs. net-zero carbon
        • Incentives: Risk management and improving long-term financial performance
        • Renewables, retrofitting and responsible ownership
        • New requirements to meet energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions limits by 2024

      Institutional Investor Deep Dive: Why Do Environmental Factors Matter to Investors?

      • This in-dept interview session will give the audience an opportunity to hear why environmental issues matter to institutional investors and why they are placing an emphasis on investments that prioritize the transition to a low-carbon economy, net-zero, energy efficiency, managing waste, decarbonization and reducing physical climate risk.

      Institutional investor Deep Dive: How Investors are Embracing the Social Part of ESG

      • This in-dept interview session explores why institutional investors have embraced investments that focus on social factors, diversity and inclusion, healthy working conditions, social responsibility and community impacts. 

      Institutional Investor Deep Dive: What Governance Factors Drive Investment Decisions?

      • This in-depth interview session will examine the governance factors that investors continue to prioritize including executive compensation, tax strategies, corporate governance, codes of conduct, risk management and supply chain management.

      Exploring Embodied Carbon and Why It’s Important to Real Estate ESG Programs

        • Understand embodied carbon and why the topic is important to real estate ESG programs
        • New building materials and construction strategies
        • Collecting and tracking embodied carbon data, including requesting EPDs
        • Setting reduction goals
        • Engaging stakeholders during the design and construction process
        • New low carbon building materials

      Understanding the Alphabet Soup of ESG Reporting

        • Understanding the four main categories in the alphabet soup: standards, frameworks, ratings and indices
        • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
        • Carbon Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
        • What steps are being made to bring clarity to the sustainability reporting ecosystem?
        • Understanding the similarities between frameworks and how they can be connected
        • What is the Value Reporting Foundation (VRF)?
        • How is the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) expected to develop a global standard of sustainability disclosures for financial markets?

      How Is C-PACE Financing Being Used for Boosting Building Performance, Project Returns and Sustainability?

        • How Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing is being fueled by ESG investments
        • The use of audits to determine the scope of C-PACE-eligible upgrades
        • How are commercial owners and developers using C-PACE financing as a long-term financing option to lower energy costs, reduce carbon footprints, increase property values and meet ESG goals.
        • How are C-PACE assessments funded?
        • Why is the size of C-PACE transactions increasing?
        • What States can C-PACE be used for new construction, retrofits and three-year look-backs?

      How Have REIT’s Embraced ESG Initiatives?

        • Advancing ESG objectives through metric-based programs and strategic partnerships
        • Why should REITs publicly disclose their ESG goals?
        • Analyzing the performance of REITs with strong ESG initiatives vs. those that don’t
        • Tenant and staff engagement programs, community relief programs and net-zero pledges
        • Green bond offerings
        • Best practices for investors and corporates

      Best Practices for Creating Real Opportunities for Growth with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

        • Does the real estate industry need to completely restructure to adapt an even stronger ESG agenda?
        • Building alliances with inclusivity-based organizations
        • Are millennials the driving force behind the ESG revolution?
        • How and why do millennials have the ability to influence real social change?
        • Developing initiatives that focus on attracting, retaining, and developing top-tier and diverse talent
        • Accountability and leadership…it’s not just about “checking the box”, it’s smart management
        • The importance of supplier diversity programs
        • Best practices for creating real, actionable change

      ESG Impacts on Residential and Multifamily Properties

        • Impact investing opportunities in affordable housing
        • Cultural upgrades, community investment initiatives and social impact programs to build a sense of community
        • ESG effects on low-income and workforce housing
        • Sustainability reference guides and green living guidelines
        • Education, engagement and providing the right amenities
        • Single Family Rental and Build-to-Rent:  Tenants are demanding environmentally friendly buildings
        • Green living: How the apartment industry is engaging with ESG
        • Exploring the unique challenges around implementing ESG initiatives in residential buildings

      Adopting ESG Best Practices for Single Family Rental and Build to Rent

        • Tenants want to occupy sustainable buildings
        • Institutional investors are looking for developer clients who are aware of their impact on the built environment and beyond
        • Workforce housing, low-income and affordable housing
        • The gap between green rental premium and brown rental discount is widening
        • Green leases
        • How health and wellness is impacting building design and development
        • ESG from the tenant perspective
        • Demographic impact of millennials
        • Should you be committed to pursuing USGBC LEED or IWBI WELL Building certifications?

      What is Driving ESG in the Office and Industrial Sectors

        • Commercial real estate’s role in addressing carbon emissions
        • How a strong ESG strategy can reduce disruption to building operations
        • Using ESG to reduce exposure to climate-related transition risks, changes in energy sources, shifts in energy costs, and enhanced energy and emissions reduction and reporting laws
        • Exploring building safety and materials, contamination potential, health codes, emergency response plans, and occupant and community needs
        • Green building certifications
        • Data and technology is the foundation of a good ESG strategy
        • Why is listening to your tenants ESG concerns important?
        • How CRE can use ESG to drive long-term portfolio value?
        • It’s time to get serious about net-zero goals
        • The importance of real estate developments that benefit the community

      Using PropTech to Future Proof Buildings Against Risk and Drive Sustainability

        • Using technology to build and enhance your ESG strategy
        • Tracking and reporting carbon waste and energy usage with technology
        • The importance of continued digital innovation in real estate
        • Using PropTech to future proof buildings against risk and drive sustainability
        • Expanding the concept of green buildings with cost-efficient technology
        • Using machine learning and big data to unlock valuable insights
        • Better decision making, removing guesswork and improving efficiency with smart technology

      What is the Real Estate Market’s Role in Combating Climate Change?

        • How is the real estate market talking the climate crisis?
        • What do investors, customers, directors and employees want?
        • What are tenants asking demanding of owners and operators?
        • How is climate change impacting real estate values?
        • The importance of participation in global initiatives (World Green Building Council; Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment; Renewable Energy 100 and Science Based Targets)
        • Aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
        • How to Improve resource efficiency, reduce waste generation and improve recycling, limit food waste and prevent marine pollution
        • Targets for net-zero carbon output, energy efficiency and adoption of renewables

      Legal and Regulatory Requirements: How ESG and Climate-Related Regulations are Impacting Real Estate Investment

        • How ESG and climate-related regulations are impacting real estate investment
        • Are companies who don’t live up to their ESG promises in danger of being sued?
        • Staying ahead of ESG regulatory changes
        • Gearing up for CO26
        • New requirements to meet energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions limits by 2024
        • Staying compliant with state and local laws and regulations
        • Regulations around sustainability disclosures

      Tax Reporting and ESG: Navigating the Intersection of Tax and ESG

        • Understanding ESG metrics and disclosures for use in annual reports
        • Core metrics focused on reporting both taxes paid by companies as well as their economic contributions
        • Looking at tax reporting through an ESG lens
        • Tax incentives
        • Using tax reporting to build trust and demonstrate commitment to sustainability and social responsibility
        • Having a tax strategy, and a narrative surrounding that strategy, that are aligned with your overall ESG plan

      Closed-Door Session: Building an Impact Investing Strategy for Institutional Investors

      • Impact investors deploy capital with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact along with a financial return.  Impact investors often focus their investments on companies or funds with strong environmental and social impact, and shy away from those that don’t have robust ESG initiatives.  When institutional investors are building an impact investing strategy, what is the right pace of adoption you should consider? How do risk tolerance and investment horizon come into play? What asset classes should you be looking at? What are your reporting expectations? What resources do you need to be successful? Should your return expectations be different than your other investments?  This closed-door session exclusively for institutional investors will give a detailed overview of the impact investing strategy. 


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