Greening the Grid
As most recently evidenced by Local Law 97, buildings have a responsibility to reduce energy usage and emissions and use renewable energy, which can at times be a challenge due to issues with reliability, storage and flexibility (smart meters, demand management, etc.). “Greening the Grid” requires strategic coordination, ongoing transparency, clear timelines and predetermined goals from building owners.
Dana Robbins Schneider is Senior Vice President, Director of Energy, Sustainability and ESG for Empire State Realty Trust. Dana is responsible to define, lead and execute a comprehensive program for all company and property level energy and sustainability initiatives and industry leading best practices and to coordinate and develop the company’s ESG and wellness programs and reporting. Dana focuses on analyzing and implementing actionable measures which drive energy efficiency and performance at the whole building, systems and tenant level including proactive planning for LL97 and 80X50. We focus on measurable actionable impacts in energy, water, waste and indoor environmental quality to drive ROI and healthy buildings.
Prior to joining ESRT, Dana led JLL’s Energy and Sustainability Projects team for the Americas, working on over 250 million square feet of impact projects over 18 years. Before this, Dana was a mechanical engineer at WSP.
Dana graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia in 1999 and serves on the Real Estate Roundtable Sustainable Policy Advisory Committee, Urban Green Board of Directors, REBNY Sustainability Committee, USGBC LEED Steering Committee and is a LEED Fellow. Dana serves on the LL97 Technical Pathways for Commercial Buildings Working Group.