Ideas in Action

Turning Intention Into Action

This past month I had the pleasure of attending IMN’s ESG and Decarbonizing Real Estate Forum in Nashville, alongside my colleagues from RE Tech Advisors. IMN’s forums bring together leaders across the real estate industry to drive thought leadership and action. That resonated with me as well as the resounding theme, whether embedded within the keynotes, the networking opportunities, or the education sessions was Turning Intention Into Action.

ESG’s Missing Link: The Need to Better Connect Reporting to Returns

A significant part of what GRESB and other ESG frameworks assess is simply one’s ability to report and organizational willingness to commit resources to the reporting process.
These frameworks measure what policies and activities are in place, and in some cases, broad environmental performance metrics like year over year carbon emissions. These types of reporting scores can provide insight into what you are doing, but they cannot determine if what you are doing is effective…if your strategy is on point. They cannot measure the quality of your thinking. This is where an ESG thesis is critical.