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2023 Sustainability Forecast – REIT ESG Award Winners Share Topics to Track in the New Year
Nareit’s first ESG Exchange Webinar of 2023 will showcase the recently announced Leader in the Light Award winners, who will each address a few ESG topics relevant to their company —including their vision, innovation, and strategy for the year ahead.

In a Q&A session, the panelists will discuss the action items they believe all real estate companies should consider in 2023, including leveraging technology and people, setting zero targets, and focusing on disclosures. Join Nareit and its panelists for an enriching conversation about sustainability at the start of the new year.

The Leader in the Light Awards is based, in part, on the results of the GRESB Annual Survey and judged responses to supplemental questions. An interdisciplinary panel of judges solely chose the winners in an effort coordinated by Nareit’s SVP of ESG issues, Fulya Kocak. Judges included ESG leaders of financial firms, sustainability organizations, universities, and government entities. For more about the awards, view Nareit’s announcement at www.reit.com/esg.

Speakers
- Aaron Binkley, VP, Sustainability, Digital Realty
- Tamara Chernomordik, VP, ESG, Kimco Realty
- Kelly Meissner, VP, Corporate ESG & Sustainability, Ventas Inc.
- McKall Morris, Communications and Sustainability Manager, Extra Space Storage
- Lauren Moss, SVP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Vornado Realty Trust
- Ben Myers, VP, Sustainability, BXP
- Katie Rothenberg, VP, ESG, AvalonBay Communities
- Natalie Teear, SVP, Innovation, Sustainability and Social Impact, Hudson Pacific Properties
- Suzanne Fallender, VP, Global ESG, Prologis

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Speakers

Aaron Binkley
VP, Sustainability @Digital Realty
Aaron Binkley is the Vice President of Sustainability for Digital Realty, where he is oversees the company’s ESG programs. This work covers renewable energy, ESG reporting, green bonds, resource conservation, green buildings, and the company’s Science-Based Target commitment. Aaron is active in the industry and has written and spoken widely about sustainability in real estate. He is the author of The Real Estate Solar Investment Handbook, is a recovering architect; and was part of the 2007 class at the MIT Center for Real Estate.
Tamara Chernomordik
VP, ESG @Kimco Realty Corporation
Tamara Chernomordik (she/her) is the Vice President of ESG at Kimco Realty, where she is responsible for driving the ESG strategy for the company. She has over a decade of professional experience, with expertise in ESG and sustainability, stakeholder engagement, and management consulting. Tamara has a Master's degree from CU Denver in Civil Engineering with a focus on Sustainable Infrastructure and a Bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in Finance and International Business.
McKall Morris
Communications and Sustainability Manager @Extra Space Storage
McKall Morris is the Corporate Communications and Sustainability Senior Manager for Extra Space Storage, a self-storage real estate investment trust and member of the S&P 500. She is a member of the Extra Space Storage's Sustainability (ESG) Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and COVID-19 Response Task Force. McKall joined Extra Space Storage in 2019 after working several years in communications in the commercial airline industry. She received her undergraduate degree in Public Relations from Brigham Young University and her MBA from the University of Utah.
Lauren Moss
SVP, Chief Sustainability Officer @Vornado Realty Trust
Lauren Brust Moss is the SVP, Chief Sustainability Officer at Vornado Realty Trust, where she oversees initiatives focused on energy efficiency, green cleaning, waste diversion, technology and infrastructure, and healthy environments. Ms. Moss has more than 20 years of experience managing sustainability, energy and capital improvements for large-scale buildings and portfolios, and is recognized as an industry thought leader and advocate on green policy, regulation and compliance. Prior to joining Vornado, Ms. Moss was SVP at Adai, the administrator of the Fitwel certification program, and previously worked in the sustainability practices at engineering firms NORESCO and Steven Winter Associates. Ms. Moss is a member of the Board of NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association) and is the Executive Vice President of the New York Energy Consumers Council. She earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from NYU.
Ben Myers
VP, Sustainability @BXP
Ben Myers is the Vice President, Sustainability, at Boston Properties (BXP), the largest publicly-traded developer, owner and manager of Class A office properties in the United States. He is responsible for sustainability and ESG strategy, implementation, reporting and stakeholder engagement. He has a genuine passion for sustainable real estate and is committed to disrupting the status quo as an industry leader on climate action, resilience, green building, renewable energy and healthy workspace. He holds an M.A. in Urban Environmental Leadership from Lesley University and a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Ben has served as Chair of Nareit’s Real Estate Sustainability Council and is currently Vice Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute Sustainable Development Product Council and Fitwel’s Leadership Advisory Board.
Katie Rothenberg
VP, ESG @AvaloBay Communities
Katie Rothenberg has been executing sustainability initiatives in the built environment for nearly 15 years, and has held multiple sustainability roles on the construction, operations, consulting and non-profit sides of commercial real estate. As Vice President of ESG for AvalonBay Communities, Katie is responsible for leading their best-in-class ESG platform and directing strategy and stakeholder engagement. Significant focus areas include environmental initiatives such as carbon reduction targets (SBTi), renewables, climate related risk management, material health and building efficiency, in addition to guiding inclusion & diversity programs and strategic philanthropy for the organization.
Natalie Teear
SVP, Innovation, Sustainability & Social Impact @Hudson Pacific Properties
Natalie Teear is SVP of Innovation, Sustainability and Social Impact at Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE: HPP). Teear is responsible for advancing Hudson Pacific’s proptech initiatives and Better BlueprintTM corporate responsibility platform, which aims to foster the growth of sustainable, healthy and equitable cities. Since Teear joined Hudson Pacific in 2019, the company has achieved numerous proptech and ESG milestones, some include: achieving 100% carbon neutrality in all operations, securing Fitwel Viral Response certification over 100% of the company’s operations, boosting LEED and ENERGY STAR certifications of the in-service office portfolio, maintaining a $1M+ corporate philanthropy program, and launching a $20M platform for investing in innovative homelessness solutions across its markets. Teear earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Dartmouth College and a Master’s Degree in environmental management from Yale University.
Kelly Meissner
VP, Corporate ESG Sustainability @Ventas Inc.
Kelly Meissner is Vice President, Corporate ESG & Sustainability at Ventas, Inc., an S&P 500 company and real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns approximately 1,300 healthcare assets, including medical office buildings, research and innovation properties and senior living communities in North America, Canada and the United Kingdom. Ms. Meissner joined Ventas in 2011, holding roles in Acquisitions and Asset Management before starting the ESG and Sustainability department in 2016. Prior to Ventas, her experience includes strategy and operations consulting and real estate private equity. Ms. Meissner is Chair of the Nareit Real Estate Sustainability Council and is an active member of the Real Estate Roundtable Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee. In 2022 Ms. Meissner was presented with the Nareit Leadership Personified award for sustainability and was included on the Environment+Energy Leader 50 list.
Suzanne Fallender
VP, Global ESG @Prologis
Suzanne Fallender is Vice President of Global ESG at Prologis, overseeing the company’s ESG strategy, stakeholder engagement activities, public reporting, and strategic initiatives. Working with groups across the company, Suzanne and her team advance the company's sustainability and social impact strategies and goals, including Prologis’ net zero commitment. She regularly engages with investors, customers and other stakeholders, and partners closely with the company's finance and governance teams on integrated ESG reporting and data strategies. Suzanne has more than 20 years of experience in corporate responsibility and sustainable investing, including leading global corporate responsibility at Intel Corporation and the social investment research division at ISS. She holds an M.B.A. from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and has served on multiple sustainability industry advisory boards and committees.