Conferences & Events
Strengthening the Green Foundation: Research and Policy Directions for Development and Finance - March 10-11, 2011
Dana L. Bourland is vice president of Green Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners and leads environmental strategy for the national organization. Bourland oversees all aspects of Enterprise's national award-winning Green Communities program from strategic planning and program development to evaluation and public policy advocacy, including the next generation of this initiative focused on greening all affordable housing within the next decade. Bourland works with Enterprise's financial affiliates to package and integrate the delivery of various forms of project financing to Green Communities developments, including equity investments and predevelopment loans. Bourland serves as managing director of the Green Communities Offset Fund. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Bourland holds a master's degree in planning from the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design's Program in Real Estate.
Christine E. Boyle has worked at Environmental Finance Center (EFC) since 2007. In addition to her role managing a variety of EFC projects, she serves as the EFC's lead environmental finance research analyst, responsible for maintaining the center's extensive set of local government and utility energy and water data from across the region. She recently led high-profile energy efficiency market demand projects for the city of Charleston, South Carolina, and the state of Alabama. Boyle is completing the final stages of her doctorate at the University of North Carolina in environmental planning and policy. Christine has a master's degree in regional planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree from Columbia University.
William B. Bradshaw II is co-founder and president of New Orleans-based Green Coast Enterprises LLC (GCE). For the last decade, he has developed real estate in North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Louisiana. His projects have received numerous awards, including a 2001 Maxwell Award of Excellence from the Fannie Mae Foundation. GCE's work has been celebrated by Echoing Green, Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans, All Day Buffet, City Business, Fast Company magazine, and Businessweek, which named Bradshaw and co-founder Reuben Teague as two of the 25 most promising social entrepreneurs in the United States. Bradshaw holds a doctorate in city planning, with specialties in regional and urban economics and sustainable community development, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds master's degrees in city planning and real estate development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and degrees in physics and cross-cultural studies from Davidson College. He teaches sustainable real estate development in the Tulane University Department of Architecture.
James F. Finlay is a Wells Fargo vice president and senior commercial real estate appraisal manager. In addition to managing and reviewing appraisals for a wide variety of commercial property types, he is the primary appraisal manager for LEED/high-performance-designed real estate collateral. In January 2006 he joined the bank's Environmental Initiative Group as the valuation expert. He is founding chair of the Commercial Real Estate & Finance Committee at the USGBC Los Angeles Chapter and presenter at numerous conferences on appraisal and finance related to high-performance property. Prior to being an appraiser, he was a commercial leasing and sales agent, with more than 20 years in commercial real estate. Finlay holds a bachelor of arts degree in mechanical engineering and eEconomics at the University of Kentucky, and is a general certified appraiser.
Lisa Michelle Galley is CEO of Galley Eco Capital and author of an upcoming book on green finance. She has more than 25 years of commercial real estate underwriting experience through her work for commercial property investors and lenders, both in the United States and in Europe. In addition to consulting to and educating real estate investors and government officials on green building finance issues, she is adjunct faculty, lecturing on managerial finance, at Presidio Graduate School, one of the nation's green MBA programs. Her green finance work uniquely bridges commercial real estate practice with trend forecasting, qualitative market research, system dynamics and product/service innovation. She has received international recognition for her work on low-carbon districts and is active within several leading organizations advancing sustainability within commercial real estate finance and investment.
Joseph N. Goodman works as a research engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Goodman conducts research on energy, water, and the built environment. He has seven years of engineering experience in the fields of energy and sustainability and is recognized as a LEED AP, certified energy manager (CEM) and Six Sigma green belt. His work includes designing, building and testing a prototype solid oxide fuel cell system, development of new facility sustainability guidelines for Proctor & Gamble, and a systems life cycle evaluation of water filtration systems. Goodman received his bachelor's of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California and his master's of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Currently, Goodman also is pursuing a doctorate degree in the High Performance Building Program of Georgia Tech's College of Architecture.
Tara Hernandez has been directly responsible for or participated in the development of over $310 million in mixed-use and mixed-income development projects throughout Louisiana and Missouri. She is currently working on over $60 million in residential and commercial development projects in Louisiana, including conversion of a historic building into seventy-two mixed-income residential lofts and two urban retail developments. She recently completed development and construction oversight of single-family, National Association of Home Builders Emerald-certified green housing to be utilized as faculty housing for a university. Tara Hernandez is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a master's in real estate development and a graduate of Loyola University with a degree in finance. She currently holds a Louisiana real estate broker's license and is a general securities registered representative (Series 7). She serves as a trustee of the Urban Land Institute, immediate past chair of Urban Land Institute Louisiana, an advisory board member of Aries Capital's Urban Development Fund, board member of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation, as a trustee and secretary of the board of the Louise S. McGehee School in New Orleans, and board member of Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.)
Pierce H. Jones has a doctorate. in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida, where he is a professor in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. He directs the Program for Resource Efficient Communities (PREC), an interdisciplinary group that promotes the adoption of "best design, construction, and management practices" in new, master-planned residential developments. Among other activities, PREC conducts continuing education programs for built environment professionals, consults on master-planned developments, and has contracts to evaluate Florida's Weatherization Assistance Program and to develop community residential retrofit loan programs.
Nils Kok currently holds positions as visiting scholar at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and as assistant professor in finance and real estate at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He is the recipient of a three-year research grant from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research for his work on energy efficiency and sustainability in the real estate sector. He also received awards from the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, IPE, the European Social Investment Forum, and the Aareal Bank/European Business School for his research. Nils is an active executive teacher at the Luxembourg School of Finance, the Amsterdam Institute of Finance, and the Amsterdam School of Real Estate. He communicates his ideas and findings in the international arena as a frequent speaker at academic and industry conferences, and actively shares his expertise through workshops with investment practitioners and policy makers. His research has appeared in leading academic journals such as the American Economic Review, Real Estate Economics, and the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.
Constantine Kontokosta, PE, AICP, LEED AP, is the founding director of the New York University Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, an interdisciplinary research center focused on the advancement of applied research, practice, and technology in the real estate and construction industries, and a clinical assistant professor at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate. Kontokosta is currently the vice chair of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, where he has served since 2005. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Kontokosta is principal and founder of the KACE Group, a New York-based real estate development and investment firm. He is currently completing his doctorate degree in urban planning at Columbia University, specializing in urban and environmental economics. Prior to his doctoral studies, he earned a master's of philosophy and master's of science in urban planning from Columbia University, a master's of science in real estate finance from New York University and a bachelor's of science in civil engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Carlos E. MartÃ,ãn works on construction technology and quality in housing and community development. Trained as an architect, construction engineer, and historian of technology, Dr. MartÃ,ãn has over 15 years of experience in government, academia, and industry. He has authored numerous publications and consulted for workforce programs, housing organizations, foreign governments, and the World Bank. Dr. MartÃ,ãn is currently a Senior Associate at Abt Associates. Previously, he served as Assistant Vice President for the National Association of Home Builders; Technical Director for Housing with the Development Innovations Group, where he worked on Gates Foundation-funded global housing and community development surveys; researcher for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing; and the SRP Assistant Professor for Energy and the Environment at Arizona State University. He received his BSAD in Architecture from MIT and his MS and PhD degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford.
Annie R. Pearce is an assistant professor in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech, specializing in sustainable facilities and infrastructure systems. Throughout her career, Pearce has worked with practitioners in both public and private sectors to implement sustainability as part of building planning, design, construction, and operations. As a LEED-accredited professional, she brings the latest in green building methods, technologies, and best practices to the classroom. Her specific areas of interest include metrics of sustainability for built facilities, green building materials and systems, cost modeling to support sustainability implementation, and in situ performance of sustainable facility technologies.
Gary Pivo works at the University of Arizona as director of the Center for Responsible Investing, and professor of urban planning and natural resources. He is co-founder and adviser to the U.N. Environment Programme Finance Initiative Property Working Group. Previously he served as dean of the Graduate College and director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Arizona, professor and chair of the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, and president of 1,000 Friends of Washington. He was elected fellow and eminent professional by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in 2007. Pivo has written extensively on responsible property investing and sustainable cities. His latest publication, with Jeff Fisher and entitled "The Walkability Premium in Commercial Real Estate Investments," will be published this year by Real Estate Economics. His current work, supported by the U.S. EDA and the Rockefeller Foundation, focuses on triple bottom line metrics for economic development projects and sustainable/responsible property investment indices.
Andrew R. Sanderford is a first-year doctoral student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He works at the Center for Housing Research under C.T. Koebel. Drew is currently exploring research topics related to enterprise and stewardship in real estate development and finance. Drew received a master's of urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia in 2010, and served as an intern for an Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Panel in Galveston, Texas. He also is a partner/member of Evergreen Advisors LLC, a real estate development consulting firm based in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Karl F. Seidman is an economic development consultant and senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His experience includes the preparation of economic development plans and strategies, the design, management, and evaluation of development finance and economic development programs, and the financing and supervision of complex development projects. His MIT course participants have completed over seventy technical-assistance projects for development finance organizations, and twenty economic development plans, including award-winning plans for neighborhood commercial districts in Boston and New Orleans. Seidman holds a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree in political science from Amherst College. He is the author of Economic Development Finance and Revitalizing Commerce for American Cities: A Practitioner's Guide to Urban Main Street Programs and numerous consulting reports.
Sabina L. Shaikh is an economics lecturer in the Program on Global Environment and the founder and director of the Environment, Agriculture, and Food Working Group at the University of Chicago where she teaches environmental economics and policy. Her research focuses on the economic valuation of environmental quality and the development of markets for ecosystem services. She was a co-author on the recent publication "Investment Niche or Market Necessity: Climate Change, Land Use and Energy 2009" by the Urban Land Institute and has articles forthcoming in Applied Geography, Environmental Practice, and a chapter in Theory and Practice of Ecosystem Mapping by Oxford University Press. Shaikh also serves as a senior research economist at RCF Economic and Financial Consulting where she is currently working on the development of a green infrastructure auction to manage storm water using private land.
Ben Taube currently serves as the executive director of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), a non-profit organization that seeks to deploy energy efficiency across eleven Southeast states. Prior to becoming the executive director of SEEA, Ben served as the public affairs manager for the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, where he was responsible for planning, coordinating, and communicating GREENGUARD's activities, capabilities, goals, and priorities to a variety of audiences. Ben has also worked as the director of government affairs for EcoSMART Technologies and the environmental manager for the city of Atlanta. Ben is immediate past chair of the Atlanta chapter of the USGBC; past vice chair of the Georgia chapter of the USGBC; 2008 recipient of the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 40 under 40 leaders; task force member for the city of Chamblee, Georgia, green building ordinance; member of the Atlanta Regional Commission 50 Forward Initiative; and serves on the Board of the Green Chamber of the South; Board of Directors of the American Israel Chamber of Commerce, and on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Conservation Voters. Taube has a bachelor's degree from the University of Memphis and a master's degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver.
David C. Wood is director of the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University (IRI), and with Gary Pivo of the University of Arizona, co-director of the Responsible Property Investing Center (RPI). At the IRI, he directs research on responsible investment in theory and practice, across investor types, asset classes, and issue areas. Recent projects have addressed field-building in RPI, mission investing for foundations, public policy and impact investing, and mandatory regimes for corporate disclosure of key social performance indicators. For more on the IRI, see www.hausercenter.org/iri. For more on the RPI Center, see www.responsibleproperty.net.
Jan Youtie is a manager of policy services at Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute, and adjunct associate professor in Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy. Youtie's research focuses on innovation, technology-based economic development, manufacturing modernization, and workforce development issues in emerging industries. She has been a principal investigator in studies sponsored by a variety of entities, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and European Commission. Youtie is a co-director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP) at Georgia Tech and runs the Innovations in Economic Development Speakers Forum. Jan's research was awarded the Lang Rosen Gold Award for best article by the Journal of Technology Transfer, and has also appeared in Research Policy, Economic Development Quarterly, Technovation, International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Research Evaluation, Evaluation and Program Planning, and Journal of Nanoparticle Research. Jan has a doctorate in political science from Emory University.