As NAREIT’s executive vice president of finance and operations, Sheldon Groner is the force behind the association’s Leader in the Light Working Forum, which was first held in March 2011. Groner not only helps organize the event but participates in the forum as well. The annual event is a collaborative working session to discuss the key drivers of sustainability in real estate, share participants’ leading sustainability practices and identify future events, initiatives and milestones in sustainability.
The forum is an extension of NAREIT's successful Leader in the Light Award program, which began in 2005 as a way to recognize NAREIT members that have demonstrated excellence in energy efficiency. The annual awards program is co-presented by NAREIT and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program.