By: Eugenia Gregorio, LEED AP BC+C, Sustainability Manager, The Tower Companies
In addition to being the Sustainability Manager at The Tower Companies, I am also a part-time MBA student at George Washington University and a volunteer on the GW School of Business Net Impact Board. (www.netimpact.org) I started the MBA program in August 2011 and plan to complete my graduate degree by December 2014 – I’ve got a long road ahead! I’m excited to focus my degree in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.
As part of my involvement with Net Impact, I was on the lead planning committee for the 3rd annual Business Response Conference took place on February 24, 2012. This is a student-organized conference with a different topic revolving around sustainability topics each year and the focus this year was “The Evolving Energy Profile”. It is a known fact that global demand for energy will continue to increase substantially in the short and long term. The Business Response 3.0 was a conference that offered a candid discussion on the most responsible path towards meeting rising demand.
Energy has been a hot topic in the past year and continues to be a major discussion point not only in the real estate industry but also in the political world, which we in Washington, D.C. hear about on a daily basis. There have been a lot of innovative strides in the technology and financial worlds with regard to energy project, policies and business models – I can’t wait to see what comes next!
The conference offered three panels to attendees that focused on policy, finance, and competitive advantage. For more details on the conference, please visit www.thebusinessresponse.com. Among the keynote speakers, panelists, and sponsors were well-known companies that have good relationships with The Tower Companies including Clean Currents, Greening Urban, Constellation Energy, AtSite, NRDC, and Urban Energy Advisors. Overall, the event was a huge success with over 200 people registered and thought-provoking conversations about where the industry is going!
The GW Net Impact President recognized my efforts in the closing remarks and referred to me as a “Rising Star”! I was thrilled to be a part of such a passionate and motivated group of students and professionals. The conference focus for next year has yet to be determined but I’m sure it will be just as good as this year!
The Tower Companies understands the importance of tackling the issue of energy demands and resources, which is why we recently implemented an intensive real time energy management program. To get a better sense for this program, please check out my first Blog titled – “What’s all the buzz about”.