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The ESG Experience
Conversations about ESG and beyond, brought to you by Conservice ESG.
Sep 8, 2023
Telling the story of ESG within a corporation ft. Gary Baker & Roxanne White
In this episode, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Gary Baker, CEO, and Roxanne White, VP of ESG/Corporate Reporting, from Baker Brand Communication to discuss the branding and strategy of a corporate brand, telling the story of ESG within a corporation, and communicating strategies with stakeholders.
Aug 31, 2023
The role of real estate investment in the community ft. Larry Dorfman
In this episode of The ESG Experience, we were joined by Larry Dorfman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Roots, to discuss the role of real estate investment in the community, understanding the science behind investing, and how anyone can build real wealth by investing in real estate with the help of Roots.
Aug 3, 2023
Examining the role of food in ESG discussions ft. Jennifer Stojkovic
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Jennifer Stojkovic, Founder of the Vegan Women Summit, to discuss why food is frequently left out of the ESG discussion despite being a large part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a critical component of climate goals.
Jun 15, 2023
Investing in long-term strategies & efficiencies in food systems ft. Rex Raimond
In this episode, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Rex Raimond, Director of Transformational Investing in Food Systems (TIFS), to discuss investment in food systems, how food systems can help transform the ESG regime, why investors need to coordinate with the community to increase finances within these food systems, and more.
Jun 8, 2023
Evolving infrastructure & low emission investing ft. Bill Green
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Bill Green, Managing Partner at Climate Adaptive Infrastructure, to discuss the importance of selecting, developing, and financing projects with the lowest possible carbon emissions, how the definition of "infrastructure" has evolved over time, the outlook of the climate transition in 2023 and beyond, and more.
May 16, 2023
Energy procurement, renewable energy, & deregulation ft. Marcus Burrow
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Marcus Burrow, Conservice’s VP of Energy & Sustainability Solutions, to discuss energy procurement, renewable energy, understanding deregulation across different states, solutions for managing utility data and energy procurement efforts, and more.
Apr 28, 2023
Putting trust into action ft. Jim Massey
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Jim Massey, Chief Sustainability Officer of Zai Lab, to discuss putting trust into action to tackle big problems, cultivating & institutionalizing organization purpose, creating cultures designed to help teams thrive, and more.
Mar 30, 2023
The role of existing buildings in global carbon emissions ft. Chris Gray
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Chris Gray, Chief Technology Officer of RENU Communities, to discuss the role existing buildings play when it comes to global carbon emissions, and why we must focus on making our existing building stock more energy resilient, as opposed to only prioritizing new, energy efficient building projects.
Mar 14, 2023
The relationship between ESG & the lithium industry ft. Kellee Khalil
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Kellee Khalil, Chief Development Officer of EnergyX, to discuss the current and future relationship between ESG and the lithium industry as well as the role of lithium in achieving renewable energy targets and supporting the green energy transition.
Feb 8, 2023
Investment strategies for effecting systems-level change ft. William Burckart
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by William Burckart, CEO of The Investment Integration Project (TIIP), to discuss creating & adopting investing strategies that are aimed at affecting systems-level change.
Jan 17, 2023
The role of geospatial data in ESG reporting & climate resilience ft. Kat Kraft
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Katherine Kraft, Director of Product at Teren, to discuss the role of geospatial data in ESG reporting & climate resilience as well as emerging trends & regulations around physical risk management.
Jan 6, 2023
Advancing the real estate investment industry ft. Dan Winters
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Dan Winters, Senior Director of GRESB, to discuss advancing the real estate investment industry. They examine past and present efforts to incorporate ESG across real estate investing, reflect on the history of the GRESB framework & its widespread influence, and consider the future trajectory of ESG adoption across the industry.
Dec 8, 2022
The future of building energy modeling ft. Zach Wade
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Zach Wade, VP of Data Science at LightBox, to discuss Automatic Building Energy Modeling (AutoBEM), trends & data emerging from building energy modeling advancements, and more.
Nov 14, 2022
Understanding & embracing the value of green amendments ft. Maya van Rossum
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Maya van Rossum, Founder of Green Amendments for the Generations, to discuss green amendments. They examine what green amendments are, how they work, and the effectiveness, value, and long-term positive impact they provide.
Oct 24, 2022
Sustainability & energy efficiency trends in the rentals market ft. Greg Fasullo
In this episode of The ESG Experience, hosts Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Greg Fasullo, CEO of Elevation, to discuss trends, developments, opportunities, & benefits of energy efficiency & sustainability in the rentals market. Topics covered in their discussion include an overview of the state of single-family home rentals, understanding typical energy usage trends & strategies for decreasing usage, benefits of implementing energy efficiency in rental homes beyond reduced expenses, the impact of recent & emerging legislation around energy efficiency, and more.
Sep 12, 2022
Examining the materiality of health & wellbeing ft. IWBI
In this episode of The ESG Experience, guest host Anne Landgraf, a consultant at Conservice ESG, was joined by Minjia Yang and Kelly Worden from the International WELL Building Institute to examine ESG risks and opportunities, specifically those surrounding health & wellbeing and human & social capital, as well as industry trends & emerging regulations.
Aug 25, 2022
Engagement as a critical aspect of ESG leadership ft. Dale Nirvani Pfeifer
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Dale Nirvani Pfeifer, CEO of Goodworld, to examine the critical role of engagement in ESG leadership. They discuss the importance and benefits of engaging your business community, including customers, employees, & shareholders, in ESG efforts, the ways that this engagement helps increase the value of ESG for business, barriers around engagement and ways to overcome them, real life strategies & examples of effective employee and stakeholder engagement, and more.
Aug 8, 2022
Talking politics & policies: Predicting the next 5 years of ESG investing ft. Timothy Kim
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Timothy Kim, CEO at ibV Energy Partners, to discuss the current political landscape & what the next few years will look like for ESG investing. Topics covered include the current administration’s commitment and progress around clean energy support & implementation, how corporate adoption of ESG goals may affect large-scale solar procurement & pricing, what the next 5-10 years will look like for solar energy installation, and more.
Jul 22, 2022
How profitability & sustainability go hand in hand ft. Urvashi Bhatnagar
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Urvashi Bhatnagar. They discuss how firms can incorporate ESG into corporate strategy to go beyond compliance & disclosure, leading efforts & best practices around preventing greenwashing and rainbow-washing, trends in urban sustainability, themes & takeaways from Urvashi’s book, “The Sustainability Scorecard: How to Implement and Profit from Unexpected Solutions”, & more.
Jun 8, 2022
A deep dive into ESG and DE&I ft. Eddy Soffer
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Eddy Soffer, ESG Manager at Interactive Brokers, to explore some of the ways that ESG has evolved over last decade, discuss the current state of diversity, equity, & inclusion, examine trends around corporate compliance & greenwashing, and contemplate where the future of ESG is heading & what the next generation of ESG-conscious professionals can do.
May 31, 2022
The anthropological impact of ESG ft. Hannah Nelson
Companies' social efforts tend to center around employees' health and wellbeing, and while this should not be lost nor minimized, companies' focus should also include their surrounding communities. In this episode, Ryan Nelson is joined by Hannah Nelson to discuss the anthropological impact of ESG.
Apr 21, 2022
Trash Talk: The intersection of ESG & waste management
In this episode, Helee Lev is joined by fellow Conservice team members Adam Sirvinskas, Dax Madsen, & Heidi Stenvig to talk about the intersection of ESG and waste management. They examine perceptions of waste, the challenges of dealing with waste, waste management approaches from both corporate & individual perspectives, how waste management fits into ESG strategies, & more.
Apr 15, 2022
Viewing ESG through a lens of risk management ft. Chris Patteson
In this episode, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Chris Patteson, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at FRONTdoor Collective, to discuss the relationship between ESG and risk management. They examined industry trends and the direction of ESG in 2022 and beyond, explored the growing emphasis on the social aspect of ESG and how social impact reporting will continue to evolve, discussed approaches for using ESG to support & enhance corporate governance, risk mitigation, and compliance, and more.
Mar 8, 2022
Solar-powered ESG strategies ft. Yaniv Kalish
In this episode, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Yaniv Kalish, Founder & CEO of SolarKal, to talk about the intersection of ESG and solar energy. They discussed current & emerging industry trends, the evolution of solar technology, best practices for identifying opportunities & selecting vendors, benefits of solar energy for properties & portfolios, strategies for incorporating solar into broader ESG programs, and more.
Feb 18, 2022
Driving purpose in a business with an increasingly remote-first workforce ft. Susan Hunt Stevens
In this episode, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO of WeSpire, to discuss driving purpose in a business with an increasingly remote-first workforce. They review industry shifts & trends, common challenges that companies are facing & the role of reporting and disclosure in overcoming them, how DEI initiatives support ESG business goals, the importance of employee engagement in the ESG adoption & integration process, and more.
Jan 24, 2022
Flexibility vs. structure in the investment management world ft. Laura Coy
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Laura Coy, Head of Philanthropy Strategy & ESG Integration at William Blair, to examine how a multidimensional business can integrate ESG while overcoming a historically siloed organization structure.
Jan 10, 2022
ESG from a lender's perspective: Measurement & risk assessment ft. Tim Kleiman
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Ryan Nelson is joined by Carlos Solano, ESG Manager at Goby, and special guest Tim Kleiman, Managing Director & Head of ESG at Golub Capital, to discuss ESG from a lender’s perspective. They discussed Golub’s longstanding commitment to ESG and strategies they’ve used for incorporating ESG into their corporate values & culture, examined similarities & differences in the approaches that lenders and owners take toward ESG, reviewed methodologies for measuring ESG outcomes, explored factors that make diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs successful, and more.
Nov 18, 2021
How data helps drive greenhouse gas reductions ft. Chris Laughman
In this episode, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Chris Laughman, VP of Sustainability at Conservice, to explore how data is being used to drive greenhouse gas reductions in commercial real estate. They discuss how real estate portfolios can use utility data to uncover energy efficiency opportunities, methods for reducing GHG emissions across CRE portfolios, strategic application of the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager platform for reporting, tracking, and benchmarking property and portfolio performance, and more.
Oct 14, 2021
2022 ESG investment trends: Are we ready? ft. Patrick Wood Uribe
In this episode of The ESG Experience, Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Patrick Wood Uribe, CEO of FinTech startup Util, to discuss influences and trends that will affect the ESG investing landscape in 2022. Topics include lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, ESG investment growth and the emergence of required disclosures in the U.S., risks surrounding ESG-related litigation, and more.
Jul 27, 2021
Improving diversity & inclusion across the portfolio ft. Alisa Mall
In this episode of The ESG Experience, hosts Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Alisa Mall, Managing Director at Foresite Capital, to discuss the state of diversity & inclusion in the investment management industry and examine strategies and best practices for improving diversity & inclusion across portfolios.
Apr 20, 2021
FCP: Workforce housing, adaptive reuse, & ESG excellence ft. Summer Haltli, FCP
In this episode of The ESG Experience, hosts Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Summer Haltli, Senior Vice President of Strategic Management & Sustainability at FCP. They discuss how FCP's adaptive reuse projects and workforce housing investments relate to ESG and dive into the ways that FCP's disciplined & strategic investment approach has created value for stakeholders while maintaining their dedication to incorporating ESG values & practices throughout their business operations.
Mar 10, 2021
Factors driving demand for ESG in private equity ft. Pamela Hendrickson
In this episode of The ESG Experience, hosts Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by guest speaker Pamela Hendrickson, Vice Chairman at The Riverside Company, to discuss the driving forces behind the increasing demand for ESG in private equity.
Jan 11, 2021
Strategies for creating a best-in-class CSR report ft. Kelly Meissner
In this episode of The ESG Experience, hosts Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by guest speaker Kelly Meissner, Director of Sustainability at Ventas REIT, to discuss the process of conceptualizing, creating, and sharing a corporate social responsibility (CSR) report. Ventas is a prime example of how an organization can create an impactful CSR report, and Kelly shares her experiences and insights she gained during the creation process. She also discusses some best practices and strategies for organizations looking to create a best-in-class CSR report.
Dec 11, 2020
ESG in the Biden era: What to expect & how to prepare
In this episode of The ESG Experience, podcast hosts Helee Lev and Ryan Nelson are joined by Mari Bishop, ESG manager at Goby, to discuss how the political future of the US will affect the ESG landscape. They examine the incoming Biden administration’s ESG-related policies and plans and review the administration’s plans to intensify the imperative for organizations to adopt ESG as a core part of corporate culture. Topics covered include the Biden administration’s plans to combat climate change and reduce the United States’ environmental impact, such as the pledge to rejoin the Paris Agreement, and new economic policies and regulations focused around ESG investing and corporate disclosure.
Nov 23, 2020
Using ESG to support long-term risk management
ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) no longer lives on the periphery of business; it’s front and center for executives and stakeholders, and ESG principles are at the core of business values and operations. The concept of resiliency has gained traction in the last two years, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the inaugural episode of the ESG Experience, Helee Lev, Goby’s Chief Revenue Officer, and Ryan Nelson, Goby’s Chief Executive Officer, discuss integrating ESG into your risk management process.