Even academics have to go with the modern techniques these days. I'm not talking about iPhones (mine doesn't have coverage in the office, which is quite convenient if you want to focus on work, but inconvenient if people try to reach you - my advice: try e-mail...) or iPads, but about using modern communication techniques. I'm giving a talk tomorrow for the Regenerative Network (set up by David Gottfried, one of the USGBC founders) at my favorite building in Berkeley, the Brower Center (LEED Platinum and highest rents in the city). Of course, my dry academic work is hard to digest after lunch, so I ventured into creating a Prezi. Check it out (it takes a minute to load):
At the recent conference on "Green Buildings: Finance and Investments" in Maastricht, we made further progress on using new media: we taped all presentations and made them into "TED style" artworks. Also, we held one-on-one interviews with some of the keynote speakers. Nothing has been made public yet, but here's the interview with James Cames, Founder of Climate Change Capital, a visionary on climate change & finance, and a brilliant speaker:
Remember: you saw it here first. Since the conference in Maastricht, I have been swamped with requests for information on GRESB -- the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark -- which we launched at the conference dinner. Many property companies and fund managers have filled out the survey already (see www.gresb.com and click on "Survey 2011"), but together with our investor members, we'll be pushing for an even higher response rate. Besides the investors listed on the site, the initiative has been joined by AustralianSuper (not surprisingly, from Australia), Texas Teachers (well, from the US) and Syntrus Achmea (one of the largest fund managers in the Netherlands). Talks are underway with an undisclosed, but very large sovereign wealth fund in Southeast Asia and I expect some more real estate fund managers to join the ranks.