Author: Marta Schantz

Marta Schantz is the co–executive director of the Randall Lewis Center for Sustainability in Real Estate at ULI, which leads the global real estate industry in creating buildings and places where people and the environment thrive.

Articles by Marta Schantz

  • Addressing the Landlord/Tenant Split Incentive to Drive Building Decarbonization
    Published on March 15, 2022 in Sustainability
    Tenants directly account for over 50 percent of building energy usage (and thus, a significant portion of building carbon emissions), but owners are often held responsible for whole building energy consumption. How can owners address the tenant’s portion of this? Enter two impactful solutions: green leases and sustainable tenant fitouts.  
  • How a Real Estate Portfolio Achieves Net Zero
    Published on May 24, 2021 in Sustainability
    When ULI Greenprint set a goal of net zero carbon by 2050 for its collective membership, it was clear that to meet that goal, a real estate portfolio would need to employ a combination of technologies and innovations. Two Greenprint members have already met the net-zero-carbon goal—Hudson Pacific Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT) with office and studio properties, and Kilroy Realty Corporation, a West Coast REIT with office and life science space.
  • ESG in Focus: Looking Ahead at a More Sustainable Industry in 2021
    Published on January 21, 2021 in Sustainability
    The ULI Sustainability Outlook 2021, a new report from the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance, highlights the commercial real estate industry’s increasingly focused view of environmental, social, and governance strategies in 2021.
  • A Tipping Point for Green Bonds? Opening Up Global Capital to Sustainable Investing
    Published on December 11, 2020 in Sustainability
    The appetite for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing continues to soar, with record inflows amid the pandemic. “Green bonds” in particular have risen in popularity dramatically over the decade, from what ULI considered an emerging trend a few years ago to a mainstream investment opportunity in 2020.
  • ULI Greenprint: Commercial Real Estate Leaders on Track to Reduce Carbon Emissions 50 Percent by 2030
    Published on September 30, 2020 in Sustainability
    Volume 11 of the Greenprint Performance Report™ measures and tracks the performance of 10,190 properties owned by Greenprint members. It finds that over the past year, carbon emissions have dropped by more than 3 percent, energy consumption by almost 3 percent, and water consumption by more than 3 percent. In 2019, Greenprint members invested over US$50.1 million on sustainability projects ranging from tenant engagement to building envelope upgrades and recommissioning, totaling more than 6,000 individual projects.
  • U.S. Multifamily Owners Hold Tight, Plan for the Future at Increased Utility Loads
    Published on May 18, 2020 in Sustainability
    Multifamily owners are navigating a sensitive balance when considering options to optimize and address increased energy and water loads while also working with their residents to navigate the new physical risk challenges posed by COVID-19.
  • Optimizing for Energy Efficiency during COVID-19
    Published on May 04, 2020 in COVID-19: Industry Insights
    While operators cannot simply “turn off” an entire commercial property, there are ways to leverage efficiency to reduce the utility cost burden in times of variable usage.
  • Biophilic Design: Bringing the Outside In
    Published on May 01, 2019 in Sustainability
    ULI Greenprint members and real estate leaders evaluate the health and benefits of incorporating the elements of nature into their built environments.