Recognizing that environmental sustainability is both an increasingly urgent goal and a growing business opportunity, the Newman Real Estate Institute has positioned itself as a key player in sustainability education and research.
Our Professional Education Programs include a Certificate in Green Principles, and sustainability content is integrated into our Certificate Programs in Construction and Facilities Management. Sustainability is also a focus of select research reports.
Under the guidance of a leading sustainability educator, and based on a thorough review of industry needs, we developed a comprehensive approach to sustainability education for the real estate industry. The result is a new Certificate Program in Green Principles. With funding from EPA Region 2, we also integrated more sustainability content into existing courses and our website. Our custom workshops, tailored to clients’ training needs, can deliver courses on sustainability at their sites.
Together, these initiatives constitute a valuable resource to the industry.
We design our Sustainability Shoptalk Series to help accelerate the massive knowledge transfer needed to make sustainability the norm for the real estate industry in the New York metro area. At Shoptalk events, leading practitioners share their expertise with a wide audience, helping to advance the region’s sustainability agenda.
Since I announced a major set of sustainability initiatives in May 2008, the world has changed. In a market that has undergone profound shocks and remains clouded with uncertainties, some observers speculate that sustainability initiatives will be eclipsed. Others believe that efforts by the Obama Administration and Congress to develop clean energy, invest in infrastructure, and grow green jobs will lend momentum to sustainability efforts.
Nonetheless, achieving sustainability is a gravely serious challenge. It’s also an exciting opportunity: combined, those goals and incentives hold transformative power. But change demands that all of us, at every level of every company, institution, and organization — from boardroom to boiler room — learn new ways of thinking, acquire new knowledge, adopt new practices.
CUNY has launched a major sustainability initiative and pledged to help the City meet its goals. As part of CUNY, the Newman Real Estate Institute shares this mission. As an essential resource to the real estate industry — through our courses, workshops, research, publications, and public events — we’re ideally positioned to advance the knowledge base and accelerate the knowledge transfer that can help move sustainable technologies and practices into the mainstream faster.
Accordingly, we’ve designed a set of sustainability initiatives that span our entire agenda. In what’s a fast-evolving field, we aspire to become a dynamic center of learning and research that can serve the real estate community in New York and other cities around the world. We fully realize that this role means shaping our Institute’s education and research capabilities and public events to meet real-world needs.
As we scale up our efforts at the Newman Institute, we salute the men and women who are working toward the City’s 2030 goals. In this long-term process, New Yorkers’ legendary talent, creativity, and energy are sure to prove an asset, along with the strong personal commitment and shared sense of mission that I increasingly encounter among people in the field.
What’s happening in the field prompts another observation, too: over the long term, progress toward 2030 goals is likely to produce more than gains in sustainability. New partnerships and collaborations are already emerging that may yield benefits we can’t foresee. Our Institute will itself be changed, and further strengthened, by the change that we promote and that you contribute to.
Jack S. Nyman, Director
The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute
Baruch College, CUNY