It’s 6 a.m. and CBRE’s Tim Taylor rolls out of bed at the Masphi Lodge located 70 kilometers outside of Quito, Ecuador. Tim’s day begins by gazing into the dense rainforest and bird-watching while drinking his coffee and listening to a local guide discuss the various fine feathered friends. What a way to start your morning!
So, how did Tim get so lucky to be bird-watching in the Ecuadorian rainforest on a workday? Tim was selected by the Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) to attend the 2018 Sustainability Leadership Development Program. The invitation-only membership organization is for large companies that demonstrate a serious commitment to sustainability as a business strategy, and Tim is CBRE’s first-ever participant. His background in the green building industry and his Master’s degree in sustainability from Harvard University coupled with CBRE’s stellar Global Workplace Solution’s (GWS) reputation made him a natural fit for CEF. Additionally, many of our GWS clients also had program participants selected.
This year’s program was held at Masphi Lodge, one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, located in the Ecuadorian Mashphi rainforest (Check out their website Masphi Lodge). The theme was “Meeting Sustainability Challenges with Transformational Leadership” – a topic that Tim tackles head-on every day in his role as a Sustainability Program Manager for his client, Bank of America. Tim joined other sustainability leaders from world-class firms including Microsoft, Apple, Google and others. Participants gathered to learn from their peers and to take their sustainability leadership to the next level within each of their organizations.
“My participation in this year’s Sustainability Leadership Development Program allowed CBRE a seat at the table with some of the largest companies in the world,” says Tim. “I got to represent CBRE and show our prowess and expertise as a leader in sustainability and lend a voice to a very important discussion for our time.”
Tim says this year’s discussions revolved around how sustainability leaders can embed their programs into their organizations as part of business as usual and leverage their sphere of influence to more quickly drive renewable energy and sustainability practices to the market.
“It was quickly apparent that everyone is facing the same issues – energy and water conservation, waste reduction, implementing renewable energy solutions – and that the most effective way to solve these challenges is by collaborating across industries. Working together will move the needle faster than any one corporation can.”
The good news is that CBRE is already collaborating with our large corporate clients on these issues in a meaningful way. Sustainability experts like Tim work with clients daily to develop and implement operational goals to reduce the energy and water waste of their real estate and help them devise other environmentally conscious strategies.
So, what is one of Tim’s biggest takeaways from this year’s Sustainability Leadership Development Program?
“It’s great to be able to say CBRE is one of the driving forces helping our clients set and reach their sustainability goals. Our expertise and ability to execute at a high level has made us a leader in sustainability and we need to communicate that point effectively to continue to drive change. As a leader in this sphere for both CBRE and our clients, I’m looking forward to continuing the conversation and pushing the envelope to develop sustainability strategies that will have the greatest impact.”
Tim’s story is just one example of how CBRE’s employees are making a difference through their work.
*Photos courtesy of the Masphi Lodge