Integrating ESG into Workforce Development

Recorded On: 07/09/2020

As the baby boomer generation continues to enter retirement, the CRE industry is experiencing a shortage of skilled workers and difficulties recruiting new talent into the construction and buildings operations fields. While many industry practitioners are working to address the skills gap and attract talent through targeted workforce initiatives, some organizations are going a step further by specifically integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their workforce development efforts. In this session, national industry leaders within the Department of Energy's Better Buildings program will discuss successful entry and skills advancement efforts that are both improving their businesses and the buildings and communities around them.

Raymond Congdon

Senior Director, Workforce Development

Ray Congdon is a Senior Director, Workforce Development at CBRE leading technical workforce development initiatives for the Americas, supported by a team of eight technical subject matter experts.
As part of the CBRE – Technical Services group, Ray is responsible to lead and support technical training, licensing compliance, career development and CBRE technician apprenticeship programming to a workforce that exceeds 10,000 building technicians as well as provide technical subject matter expertise to all accounts in North America.

Chun Yee Yip

Director of External Partnerships, Lendlease

Chun Yee Yip has more than 20 years of experience developing private-public partnerships and corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs in the private and non-profit sectors. She is the Director of External Partnerships at Lendlease where she oversees the company's social impact initiatives focusing on workforce development and mental health and wellness efforts in the property sector. Prior to her current role, she was the Director of Social Impact at Global Brands Group, a member of the Fung Group developing strategic philanthropy programs, implementing sustainability initiatives and creating employee engagement solutions. In the non-profit sector, Chun Yee worked in development and external affairs at Third Street Music School Settlement, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and the US Fund for UNICEF. She also has held leadership roles at retail and fashion companies such as Ann Inc., Hello!Lucky and Givenchy developing CSR programs, strategic plans, and integrated marketing and communications strategies. She received her BA in political science at Barnard College and MIA in international economic policy at The School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

Hannah Debelius

Science, Technology, and Policy Fellow, Department of Energy

Hannah Debelius is a Science, Technology, and Policy Fellow in the Building Technologies Office of the Department of Energy, supporting the Better Buildings program to increase energy efficiency in the commercial real estate and higher education sectors. Before coming to the Department of Energy, Hannah was the Sustainability Manager at American University, helping AU to become the first major research university to achieve carbon neutrality. Previously, she worked in the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and earned an MS in Sustainability Management from American University.

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