Moving to Sodexo…

March 7, 2012

Dear Friends/CRE3 Forum Readers:

I’m writing to inform you that I’ve resigned my position as Executive Vice President with the Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. (SR Inc.) to assume a role as Director of Business Development with Sodexo, Inc. effective March 9th.

As author of SR Inc.’s Blog and the CRE3 Forum for the past two years, I have thoroughly enjoyed publishing posts on a wide range of issues which impact the real estate industry. Through your interest in the trends I’ve highlighted, we’ve far exceeded 10,000 page views with an average readership of 35+ a day.

The move was a difficult decision to make given my firm belief in SR Inc.’s mission and role to move the real estate industry closer to greater sustainability. However, the choice to join Sodexo is a tremendous career opportunity for me and my family. Sodexo is a world leader in “Quality of Daily Life Solutions” as an outsourced facilities-management services provider and foodservice operator with over 120,000 associates in North America, serving 10 million customers. They provide a wide range of services at 6,000+ locations which consist of corporate, health care, long-term-care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government entities, and remote sites.

The North American operations, along with its Paris-based parent, have been recognized as:

  • One of “The World’s Most Admired Companies” by FORTUNE
  • One of World’s Top 50 Green Outsourcing Suppliers
  • Ranked number three in the world among outsourcing services companies
  • One of “World’s Most Ethical Companies”

 

I look forward to undertake this fantastic role and will publish my new contact details soon. And, welcome the chance to continue passing along thought leadership of management best practices which impact the real estate industry.

All the best,

Larry Simpson

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SR Inc. to Convene Corporate/Commercial Real Estate Executives and Drive an Industry Closer to Greater Sustainability

November 12, 2011

The Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. (SR Inc.), the for-profit, shared cost research and consulting firm will bring together corporate/commercial real estate executives and sustainability professionals who represent over 60 member-client organizations at SR Inc.’s Third Annual Summit entitled, “The Change Driving Sustainability” on November 30th and December 1st at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington D.C.

This invitation only two-day event will feature: sustainability excellence award winners; presentations and case studies of SR Inc.’s 2011 Research Program; panel discussions with Federal agency representatives; and, facilitated sessions to develop SR Inc.’s 2012 Research Program.

Management Best Practice Sessions will include:

Portfolio-wide Sustainability Strategies: What strategies do Real Estate Executives use to resource and create sustainable value. (Includes Innovative Finance for Energy Efficiency)

Benchmarking Sustainability: What sustainability KPIs should Leaders adopt and what are the relevant performance benchmarks.

Sustainable Leased Space: How Leaders move to more sustainable leased space? How Tenants and Landlords systematically implement green leases and what provisions in RFPs, LOIs and Leases are used.

Alternative Workplace Strategies: What AWS strategies are successfully adopted to increase productivity and how can landlord’s best respond.

Working with the Federal Government: What are the best sustainability resources available within the Federal Government and how can Real Estate Executives partner with them.

The collaboration of SR Inc.’s member-clients supported by SR Inc.’s analysts, researchers, consultants and advisors is rapidly driving the real estate industry toward greater sustainability with breakthrough management best practices about ‘what works’ to apply the principles of sustainable real estate strategies across a portfolio that reduce operating expenses/occupancy costs; enhance enterprise/asset value; and align with organizations’ commitment to the environment.

If you would like to learn more about SR Inc.’s Annual Summit III or how SR Inc.’s resources and implementation guidance could help you drive your organization closer to sustainability, contact SR Inc.’s Larry Simpson, Executive Vice President – Advisory Services at larrysimpson@sustainround.com.

(The author is Larry Simpson, Executive Vice President, Advisory Services, Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. Additional posts can be found in SR Inc.’s Forum found at http://www.sustainround.com/aboutst/blog/)

 


Corporate/Investment Real Estate Professionals Focus on the Deployment of Enterprise Energy and Carbon Accounting Software

May 9, 2011

The real estate footprint boundaries of large companies and real estate owners have expanded, subsequently the challenge to measure, manage, report and reduce energy and carbon data efficiently and accurately to support portfolio-wide sustainability strategies have increased.

This challenge has immediate and particularized relevance for the users of corporate real estate, the owners of corporate real estate, and investor-advisors invested in corporate real estate. On April 21st, the Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. (SR Inc.) released a management best practices research report entitled “Deploying Enterprise Energy and Carbon Accounting (EECA) Software,” that provides practical guidance on software selection and implementation. To access the report, GO TO http://sustainround.com/research/EECA.php

SR Inc. clients who provided case studies include Adobe, Autodesk, Intuit, and Brookfield Properties. Among other findings, the report highlights that:

  • The key drivers for deploying EECA software today to manage GHG emissions include cost control, disclosure requests, brand enhancement, and new, superior technological solutions.
  • The deployment of EECA has significant benefits over the use of spreadsheets and complements other enterprise systems.
  • Careful initial planning and decision-making throughout the three deployment phases (selection, implementation, utilization) can reduce risks and maximize the benefits of EECA.
  • The use of EECA as a management tool first, and reporting tool second, enhances sustainable value creation across the enterprise.

Over the past three years, the market for software to manage sustainability metrics and produce management, regulatory, and voluntary reports has exploded, with over 200 vendors offering products of varying maturity. Since real estate is one of the leading sources of corporate GHG emissions, primarily due to purchased energy use, one software class—known as ‘enterprise energy and carbon accounting’ (EECA) — has become the preferred approach for priority sustainability data management and reporting.

While some research is available on the EECA market size, market share and characteristics of the leading vendors and products, there has been little decision-support for real estate executives on the selection, procurement, and implementation of EECA software until the SR Inc. report was released.

Michael Gresty, SR Inc.’s Executive Vice President of Research and Consulting, observed that “while numerous companies have already deployed EECA solutions, many more have not, and are looking for guidance about why and how to do so from the early adopters. Our client-sourced best practice report includes strictly vendor-neutral step-by-step guidance on deployment by corporate real estate executives.”

Enterprise-wide information systems have become the fabric in today’s corporate/investor landscape but, with the emergence on the importance to track and report carbon emissions, manage sustainability initiatives and gauge success call for a new class of software – enterprise energy carbon accounting and SR Inc.’s guidance on how to deploy it successfully.

How does your organization track, measure and report its’ carbon emissions and sustainability initiatives?

(The post was originally published in the Sustainability Roundtable’s blog found at http://www.sustainround.com/forum/ and was republished with permission by the author, Larry Simpson, Executive Vice President, Sustainability Roundtable, Inc.)


Looking Back at the Top CRE3 Forum Posts in 2010

December 20, 2010

As 2010 draws to a close we want to provide a list of CRE3 Forum’s Top Posts of the year based on page views of our readers.

As you will see they fall into a few key themes of:

  • The impact corporate real estate has on company financial performance
  • Move to sustainability being integrated into CRE strategy
  • Role information systems play to support CRE department objectives

We hope you will take a look at the past posts and use some of the highlighted “best practices” as you prepare your department to support your organization in 2011 and beyond.

The Impact of Real Estate on Corporate Assets and Financial Performance

“The More Things Change in the CRE Industry…” Evolving Trends in the Coming Decade

“GREEN is the New BLACK”…Sustainability Comes to Corporate Real Estate

The Convergence in Corporate Real Estate

How Corporate Real Estate Can Boost Your Company’s Share Price

Solutions to Manage an International Corporate Real Estate Portfolio

Leased corporate real estate portfolios to be overhauled by new accounting standards

Tomorrow’s ‘Workplace of the future’ Impact on Today’s CRE Strategy

Budgeting Season Fodder – Preparing Your CRE Portfolio and Your Department for Performance Measurement in 2011

2010 Midterm Election Results Impact on the Economy and Corporate Real Estate

“You Don’t Pay For What You Don’t Use” — Strategies to address the efficiency, economics and environmental sustainability of your real estate portfolio

Corporate Real Estate Benchmarking White Paper NOW AVAILABLE

Are You Ready? The Role of Information Systems to Develop a CRE Strategy and Support Your Organization

“CRE Information System Tools are Cool but Data Integrity and Business Processes Rule”

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season and the hope for a personally and professionally prosperous New Year!!!


“The More Things Change in the CRE Industry…” Evolving Trends in the Coming Decade

December 9, 2010

As the first decade in the 21st century draws to a close the “CRE3 Forum” offers some insight on trends and changes the corporate real estate industry might anticipate in the coming decade.

While it is likely many of the cited dynamics will occur, some may not and others will emerge but, the most important thing to consider for you as a CRE professional is that change in our industry will happen and it’s your job and responsibility to find out how it will affect your organization. It is more likely there will be a convergence of trends creating complex issues that will impact your role to deliver efficient facilities in the right place at the right time at the right cost.

The companies of which you are employed are counting on you to be the subject matter expert on corporate real estate ready to anticipate and act on the inevitable changes associated with occupancy costs, sustainability and technology among others that are coming in the next few years. Read the rest of this entry »


Corporate Real Estate Benchmarking White Paper NOW AVAILABLE

October 20, 2010

Now IS your chance…to learn how your peers are managing their real estate portfolios and gaining industry “best practices” about:

· Total Cost of Occupancy/FTE and the Top Occupancy Cost Categories
· How information systems are being used to support CRE Strategy
· How companies are preparing for the changes to the lease accounting standards
· What are the Top five data requests coming from senior management
· What initiatives are others using to move real estate portfolios toward sustainability
· And much more 

CRE3’s white paper provides invaluable information and provides answers to the key questions:
How well is our portfolio performing compared to other companies?
What are some of the best practices in the corporate real estate industry?
What occupancy cost reduction and sustainability initiatives should we focus on?

To request your copy, send an email to larrysimpson@CRE3.net or visit CRE3’s website at http://www.cre3.net/Survey.html


CRE3 to Provide Corporate Real Estate Benchmarking White Paper

September 13, 2010

Would you like to know how your peers manage their corporate real estate assets?

Now may be your chance…CRE3 Consulting is undertaking a benchmarking survey that will collect information from corporate real estate executives about:

  • Total Cost of Occupancy/FTE and the Top Occupancy Cost Categories
  • How information systems are being used to support CRE Strategy
  • Preparation for the changes to the lease accounting standards
  • Top five data requests coming from senior management
  • Initiatives to move their portfolio toward sustainability
  • And much more

According to Stage-Gate International, “benchmarking encourages a company to become open to new methods, ideas, processes, and practices to improve effectiveness, efficiency and performance.”

Results from CRE3’s benchmarking survey will provide invaluable information and is intended to provide answers to the key questions:

How well is our portfolio performing compared to other companies?

What are some of the best practices in the corporate real estate industry

What occupancy cost reduction and sustainability initiatives should we focus on?

To participate in the survey visit the “Benchmarking Survey” tab on CRE3’s website at http://www.cre3.net/Survey.html. We’re asking you to spend a few minutes providing information in a couple of areas that will remain confidential and published in a white paper entitled, “CRE3 Corporate Real Estate Benchmarking Survey” and made available to those who take part in the survey.

Thanks in advance for your participation.