ULI NASHVILLE BUILDING HEALTHY PLACES AND CAPITAL MARKETS ACTION COUNCIL
The Biz Case for ESG and Sustainable Investment
Across Middle Tennessee, more new construction is touted as “green” and designed for the well-being of employees and tenants.
What is driving this change? Demands of investors, owners, and tenants.
Whether they have made a formal ESG commitment, are interested in sustainable features as a risk management strategy, or simply know that today’s employees and tenants are seeking green, healthy buildings – development is trending toward sustainability.
Join ULI Nashville on June 8 as we hear from guest speaker Laura Craft, Head of Global ESG Strategy at Heitman, an investor in development, who will speak to how investors are demanding more sustainable development.
This will be followed by a panel discussing a local case study – the Asurion Gulch Hub. Representatives from Asurion developer Highwoods Properties and Brasfield & Gorrie will discuss how Asurion’s interest in a sustainable, healthy building to attract talent influenced the project’s design, construction, and operations.
Featured Speakers include:
- Dan Armour, Brasfield & Gorrie
- Erin Asa, HASTINGS Architecture
- Brian Atwood, Asurion
- Laura Craft, Heitman
- Jennifer Horne, Urban Campus and Core
- Taylor Wells, Highwoods Properties
Dan Armour, Brasfield &
Client relationships and service are Dan’s top priority. He focuses on establishing long-term partnerships that allow Brasfield & Gorrie to serve our clients as a trusted resource when they plan for new projects and as their contractor when they are ready to build. Dan also provides oversight to Nashville's Commercial division by leading business development, securing work, and supporting project teams from an executive level. Dan has several years of hands-on construction experience and knows his team members' strengths well. He uses this information to staff and provide appropriate resources to the projects under his purview, setting them up for success to provide products of the highest quality.
Brian Atwood, Asurion
Brian Atwood is the Head of Global Real Estate at Asurion, located in Nashville Tennessee. He is responsible for Global oversight of Asurion’s real estate portfolio. Brian is an execution and people focused leader with 19+ years Corporate Real Estate (CRE) experience focusing on superior service delivery and strategic management that enable internal clients to meet their business needs while delivering value to shareholders. A proven track record managing all facets of an organization (Strategy, Transactions, Capital & Project Management, Facilities and Operations). Before joining Asurion, Brian served as Senior Vice President in Bank of America's Corporate Workplace organization.
Laura Craft, Heitman
An industry ESG expert and in investment management focused on private equity, debt and public equity over 17 years, Laura built Heitman’s global Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) platform ($54 Billion AUM) and committed its global private equity portfolio’s operational carbon emissions under its control to net zero by the year 2030. Knowing that ESG factors can have a material impact on investment performance, she established systematic approaches to incorporate ESG into investment decision-making. Investments are measured on ESG through proprietary private equity and debt acquisition, due diligence, and asset management tools, and through internal listed equity ESG composite scoring system. Additionally, Laura leads impact investments which produce both positive financial and environmental/social outcomes. Since 2018, Laura has partnered with Urban Land Institute (ULI) to produce and publish a report series focused on Climate Risk Investment Decision-Making. She is the co-chair of Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) Innovation Affinity Group and is a member of ULI Greenprint’s Performance Committee.
Taylor Wells, Highwoods
Taylor is Director of Development for Highwoods Properties, a publicly traded real estate investment trust based in Raleigh. Taylor, a licensed Architect, has 20 years of experience in the Design and Construction Industry. Since joining Highwoods in 2021, he has overseen a wide range of office projects including ground-up design, renovations, and large-scale mixed-use master planning. Prior to joining Highwoods, Taylor was an Associate & Studio Leader at Hastings Architecture. He obtained his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee.