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Description: “Net Zero” is the goal for global commercial real estate organizations seeking to make more aggressive commitments to reduce emissions in order to stabilize Earth’s climate. With devastating climate change impacts becoming ever more apparent in the world around us, industry leaders are boldly pursuing new Net Zero targets in a united effort to limit global temperature rise to below a 2°C.
This one-hour webinar from leaders within the industry maps out new targets from ULI Greenprint, Better Building Challenge and Science Based Targets, along with methods for how to achieve Net Zero targets through energy efficiency, power grid electrification, onsite and offsite renewables, embodied carbon and circular economy strategies. Practical case studies about CommonWealth Partners and Jamestown Properties highlight how to achieve Net Zero and work through challenges along the path.
Presenters include Becca Rushin, Vice President for Sustainability and Social Responsibility for Jamestown L.P., Jessica Loeper, Director of Sustainability for CommonWealth Partners, and representatives from Verdani Partners including Kelsey Ceccarelli, Associate Engineering Manager, and Daniele Horton, Founder and President, as moderator.
Meet the Presenters
Becca Rushin, VP of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Jamestown LP
Becca Rushin serves as Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, leading sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives through the Jamestown Green program and the Jamestown Charitable Foundation. Most of her time is spent overseeing reporting and utility benchmarking across Jamestown's portfolio, conducting quarterly check-ins with the property teams and coordinating the publication of reports, case studies and investor surveys such as the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). Becca is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and holds a LEED AP O+M credential. She is active with the Urban Land Institute as an UrbanPlan and ULI Greenprint Building Performance Committee volunteer and serves as the co-chair of the USGBC Georgia Emerging Professionals.
Jessica Loeper, Director of Sustainability, CommonWealth Partners / VP, Verdani
Since 2014, Jessica Loeper has served as the Director of Sustainability for CommonWealth Partners, a privately-owned real estate investment, development, and management organization, which achieved GRESB Sector Leader in the Office category in 2020. She is instrumental in working with property teams at each property to elevate sustainability efforts of their core business, enabling them to achieve their goals and position them to an industry leader in sustainability. Jessica is also the Vice President at Verdani Partners, providing strategic guidance to many real estate portfolios in advancing their performance. She holds a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from UC Irvine. She is an active member of the USGBC, NorCal Chapter and Co-Chair for the Impact Committee.
Kelsey Ceccarelli, Associate Engineering Manager, Verdani Partners
Kelsey has several years of professional work experience with arts & culture non-profits on their sustainability programs and initiatives. In her previous position, she managed the energy benchmarking for a diverse group of buildings with a range of property types including museums. At Verdani Partners, Kelsey enjoys tracking the progress of different buildings to their sustainability goals and seeing the impact that is made. As an Associate Engineering Manager, Kelsey manages the data side of the ESG program for three commercial real estate portfolios and she is part of the Technical Services team that completes ASHRAE Energy Audits and ENERGY STAR Certifications. She holds a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies and Planning with an emphasis in Energy Management and Design from Sonoma State University in Northern California.
Daniele Horton, Founder & President, Verdani Partners
Daniele Horton brings over 23 years of experience in corporate sustainability, corporate, fund and asset-level ESG strategy, real estate and project management. Daniele is a licensed architect, a Certified Energy Manager and a LEED Fellow. She was named one of the “Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability” in 2014 and a USGBC Shero for Purpose in 2020. Daniele currently leads the Verdani Partners team in sustainability efforts for 11 national and international real estate firms with over 4,000 properties managed across 720 Million SF of diversified real estate portfolios, representing nearly $350 Billion AUM. Verdani is an industry leader in climate change mitigation strategies and resilience planning, addressing risk assessment across 70+ indicators.