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Reimagining Real Estate Sustainability Summit
October 7, 2020, New York, USA
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Gregory Kats
CEO/Founder at Smart Surfaces Coalition
Michael Jansen
CEO at Cityzenith LLC
Simon Evans
Digital Energy Leader at Arup
Stan Lew
President at RMW Architects
Tom Shircliff
Co-founder and Principal at Intelligent Buildings, LLC

Greg played substantial roles in developing the clean energy and green building industries, and is a long-time thought leader and investor in the transition to a low carbon economy. He is MD at ARENA Investments - a clean energy impact investment firm, and President of Capital E - helping institutions to design, scale and implement clean energy and deep decarbonization. Greg served as Managing Director of Good Energies, a several billion-dollar global clean energy PE/VC fund. He served 5 years as the Director of Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy. Greg was the Founding Chairman of IPMVP and built it into the global energy and water efficiency design and verification standard used for $50 billion in building upgrades. Greg Chairs the congressionally established advisory board guiding the greening and energy efficiency of 430,000 federal buildings and served on a National Academy of Sciences board on strengthening US global competitiveness. He is a founder of both the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the country’s first green bank.Greg is the author of several widely refenced studies on the cost effectiveness of greening buildings and cities, including the book Greening Our Built World; Costs Benefits and Strategies.

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An impassioned architect, urbanist, and entrepreneur, Michael Jansen studied architecture at Yale and Cambridge and has founded and led high-growth companies in the U.S. and Asia for more than two decades.He became CEO at Cityzenith in 2010 and began a personal mission to revolutionize use of data to transform the global built environment. He has been featured by CNN, CNBC, the BBC, plus other world-wide media, and received several awards for his work, including a ‘40 Under 40’ accolade from highly respected industry publication, Building Design + Construction.In 2014, Michael was honored as a ‘World Cities Summit Young Leader’ in Singapore for his life-long contribution to improving sustainability and the quality of city life and, in 2019, received a Chicago Innovation Award for Cityzenith’s ground-breaking work in the Digital Twin arena.A husband and father of three, Michael speaks Chinese and Hindi, has travelled to more than 90 countries, swims a lot, and plays the guitar.

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Simon is the Digital Energy Leader at Arup, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the Delivery Team Lead for the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) National Digital Twin programme.A technology developer and chartered mechanical engineer, Simon has a passion for the transformational applications of digital engineering, and regularly speaks on the subject at events around the world. He is the author of the Digital Twin Maturity Spectrum, and has received numerous awards for contributions to the engineering profession.Simon's background is in the structural/mechanical design and analysis of offshore structures for oil & gas and renewables, and he has experience of living and working internationally. He was elected to Council for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in 2017, and is an advisor to the IMechE Trustee Board for digital transformation.Prior to this, Simon was Director of Digital Engineering for the SNC-Lavalin Group, where he is part of the leadership team responsible for the global transformation of the +$5bn consultancy and construction group, and formed and led their Digital Twin Services business.

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Stan believes design is a unique opportunity to problem-solve creatively while synthesizing a wide range of internal and external influences that – when successful – yield elegant, even sublime solutions. Great designs are derived directly from their function, with specific influences from their time, place and culture.Stan joined RMW in 2007, and was named President in 2020. His humility and vision in assuming this role underscore his leadership approach, which is one of service to both the RMW family and the professional architectural and design community at large. Among his many industry affiliations, Stan is a member and immediate past president of the AIASF Board of Directors and serves as the director of the San Francisco 2030 District.Stan cultivates passion and excellence in the workplace by fostering a deeply collaborative approach, bringing differing perspectives to the table, and remembering that the best ideas don’t always come from the person with the most experience. Energized by the depth and breadth of RMW talent, Stan encourages his teams to develop innovative design solutions by urging them to employ multiple perspectives, utilizing both a creative and technical lens.

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Tom Shircliff is an entrepreneur and executive with broad experience in Fortune 500 management, small business and venture capital-funded start up environments including local, regional and national roles. Since co-founding Intelligent Buildings, LLC he has become a recognized expert in the field of real estate consulting including acceptance into the "Counselors of Real Estate".

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Topic: PropTech

An Interactive session with Michael Jansen, CEO and Chairman - CityZenith following his main stage presentation.

00:10 Intro

06:45 Green buildings

13:50 Best practices

18:00 Projects to be proud of

24:05 Finances

27:37 Challenges

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Okay, I think you can start a couple of minutes and good morning. I'm Michael Jansen the Founder and CEO of Cityzenith. Welcome to us break out discussion this morning titled clean cities clean future. It's a pleasure to be speaking at in sponsoring the CREtech Sustainability Summit this year. Thanks to Michael Beckerman, Richard Wells, Mary Ann Bethany in the whole team at CREtech for helping us to put this together. The theme for today's discussion in keeping with the summit. The ins are how digital twins and other technologies can help commercial building a

transition to carbon neutrality. It seems natural that we as in the larger. We with a capital W with all want to find ways to eliminate us dependence on carbon fuel sources in order to improve the quality of life for people everywhere and preserve the planet for future generations yet. The recent IPCC report reminds us that we continue down the path towards global warming of 1.5 degrees. Cities now produce 76% of all the world's carbon independent buildings alone

70% of that figure. With building bringing a substantial portion of your inventory in it's no suprise that New York City Sustainability recently announced the Mandate to help owners to transition to NetZero. So did you see La and others are following suit, so why hasn't everybody done it already if it makes so much sense. Bring up the planets mobile your energy bills improve the health of the environment for your tenants and employees. It sounds like it makes a lot of sense. So what's holding us back?

I've asked a panel of experts today to come and help us understand all the complexities around these issues and share with us their perspective as as well as some of the very interesting projects going on around the world in this burgeoning sector of the transition sector we have today joining us.

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