How to Choose, Use, and Better Understand Climate Risk Analytics


2022-09-23T13:00:00 - 2022-09-23T14:00:00

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    Rising sea levels and the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events such as wildfires, hurricanes, and excessive heat illustrate the consequences of a changing climate. The increasing probability of these physical hazards creates novel and dynamic threats to the real estate industry. How should institutional real estate managers evaluate current and future physical risk and integrate it into investment decisions? At present, the answer is opaque. While numerous qualified physical risk assessment providers exist in the marketplace, they use different methodologies, report their findings uniquely, and often use different assumptions in creating their findings.

    As part of the long-term commitment to addressing climate change and physical risk, ULI partnered with global real estate investment management firm, LaSalle Investment Management, to examine and report on physical climate risk assessment in How to Choose, Use, and Better Understand Climate Risk Analytics.  The report analyzes the current state of the climate risk analytics market and provides guidance for the real estate industry to evaluate physical risk data analytics products.  

    Join this webinar to hear panelists reflect on their experiences assessing physical risk in their businesses and learn how you can leverage the report findings to better integrate climate risk assessments into your investment process.



    Elena Alschuler

    Head of Americas Sustainability, LaSalle

    Elena is a central leader for LaSalle’s North America sustainability initiatives. She works closely with the firm’s Portfolio Management team on sustainability strategies, as well as its Asset Management group to develop programs for property-level initiatives, including certifications, efficiency projects, energy procurement, green leases, and health & wellness projects. Elena joins LaSalle from View Inc., where she led real estate activities including the firm’s strategy and execution to scale adoption of smart glass in the office and multifamily sectors across the US and Canada. Prior to View Inc., Elena worked at the US Department of Energy in Washington, DC as a Building Technologies Project Manager, as well as the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and HR&A Advisors in New York. She has a Bachelor's degree from Bard College, and a Masters in City Planning from MIT


    JP Flaherty

    Managing Director, Global head of Sustainability and Building Technologies, Tishman Speyer

    Mr. Flaherty joined Tishman Speyer in 2007 and oversees global sustainability, energy, telecom and smart building efforts for the company. In this role, he manages sustainability certifications, investor communications, worldwide performance tracking, procurement strategy and technological innovation implementation. Mr. Flaherty joined Tishman Speyer as part of the Leadership Development Program and has held various roles with the company, including in asset management and portfolio management for New York. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a legislative aide for Senator Schumer in Washington, DC. Mr. Flaherty is on the board of directors for the Building Energy Exchange and is a team leader for the ACE Mentor Program. He holds a BA in political science from Kenyon College, and an MBA and MSUP from Columbia University.


    Anne Peck

    Vice President, Head of ESG+R, TA Realty

    Anne Peck is a member of TA Realty’s portfolio management team and is responsible for overseeing the Firm's Environmental, Social, Governance and Resiliency (ESG+R) initiatives through the promotion of relevant and emerging advancements in the commercial real estate industry. Anne has more than 20 years of experience in the industry and joined TA Realty in 2021. Prior to joining the Firm, she a was Vice President, Head of the Architecture and Engineering group at AEW Capital Management, where she managed and led a group of architects and engineers who oversaw all physical, environmental, and sustainability assessments for assets and new developments. Previously, Anne was a Construction Manager/OPM with Cambridge Housing Authority and a Construction Manager with Jones Lang LaSalle. She graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and received a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University’s College of Engineering with a focus on Construction Management. She has her LEED AP certification and has served as a member of the GRESB Benchmark committee since 2017. She is also a member of the NAREIM planning committee for the NAREIM A&E and Sustainability conferences as well as a member of NAREIM’s DEI committee.


    Spenser Robinson

    Professor and Director of Real Estate, Central Michigan University

    Dr. Robinson acts as the Director of Real Estate at Central Michigan University, running the commercial real estate focused Real Estate Development Major and as an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship mentoring students in business innovation. Dr. Robinson's research has been published in leading journals such as Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, The Appraisal Journal and many more. He has written for practitioner bodies such as the CREFC. He has been awarded nationally competitive grants for leading edge sustainable real estate research, most notably with the Real Estate Research Institute (RERI) and the CBRE Real Green Research Challenge. He currently serves as Co-Editor for the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, Associate Editor for the American Journal of Business, the board of American Real Estate Society and chairs its Research committee. He is a frequent industry speaker, panelist and has served as a guest editor and ad hoc reviewer for a number of journals. Dr. Robinson's teaching philosophy focuses on interactive, experiential learning, with a strategic and global focus. His students move beyond the formula and numbers into applied learning and strategic implementation. He is comfortable delivering instruction in a variety of medium, including on-line.