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Presidio Presents: Sustainable Real Estate

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
7:00PM to 8:30PM
at Impact HUB
901 Mission St. • San Francisco, CA 94103


Eventbrite - Presidio Presents - Sustainable Real Estate: Present and Future


Presidio Graduate School and Hamilton Zanze have organized a special event in Presidio's signature thought leadership speakers series, Presidio Presents, to be held on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:00 PM at Impact Hub SF. William Shutkin, Presidio's President and CEO, will moderate the session.

The event will feature leaders in the sustainable real estate field discussing cutting-edge issues in sustainable finance and development practice guided by a simple premise: We need greater access to capital to finance more and better green/sustainable real estate projects, be they new construction or retrofits, resulting in respectable returns for investors, high quality, affordable living and working spaces for a growing population and restorative, nature- and climate-friendly development projects.

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Impact Hub San Francisco
901 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Panelists include:

Andrew Bush, Principal, Morgan Creek Ventures, Boulder, CO
Andrew Bush is the founder and Managing Principal of Morgan Creek Ventures LLC, a real estate development and consulting group based in Boulder, Colorado. The firm specializes in urban infill projects with a focus on design and sustainability. Working primarily in the Western United States, Morgan Creek Ventures has overseen the development and redevelopment of over 500,000 square feet of office, residential and mixed-use projects. The firms’ focus on sustainability has resulting in a number of pioneering efforts including the first LEED Platinum TI in the country in partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute and the first privately developed Green Roof in Colorado. Over the past decade, the firm has developed a variety of LEED Silver, Gold and Platinum buildings, under Andy’s direction, expanding their experience base in energy management, material science and user experiences. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin in Urban Planning and has served as a trustee and board member for a number of other real estate holding companies, redevelopment associations and family foundations. He is a regular speaker on the topic of urban development and sustainable development.


Robert "Hutch" Hutchinson, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute, Boulder, CO
Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson is Managing Director for Research and Collaboration at Rocky Mountain Institute. He works across all RMI programmatic areas, with a special emphasis on the built environment and transportation. For the built environment, he has created RMI programs addressing key owner and finance side issues, ranging from driving deep retrofit strategies to energy transformations in portfolios and campuses of buildings to reframing decisionmaking around all the key value drivers of deep green buildings. Prior to RMI, Mr. Hutchinson founded Pronghorn Ventures, a “clean-tech” venture fund centered in Colorado’s Front Range. Previously, he spent almost 20 years with the Boston Consulting Group, holding leadership roles in the energy, industrial, and high-tech practices. Before working at BCG, Mr. Hutchinson was a research engineer and program manager at DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, focusing on energy conservation and renewable technology development. He holds a MBA and Master’s in mechanical engineering from the Stanford University.


Chris Larson, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, New Island Capital, San Francisco, CA
Chris Larson is the Deputy Chief Investment Officer for New Island Capital. Prior to his work at New Island Capital, Chris worked as an independent farmland investment and conservation finance consultant. Earlier, Chris worked at Cambridge Associates, helping the firm launch its Mission-Related Investment initiative, and authored research on real assets investments for institutional clients. He served as the Executive Director of the Mattole Restoration Council, a community-led conservation non-profit in rural northwestern California. At the Council, Chris facilitated restoration and acquisition projects across 189,000 acres of range, forest and parkland. Chris completed a BS at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and an MBA at the Yale School of Management. Chris operates a small farm in Marin county focused on organic vegetable, fruit and berry production.


Tony Zanze, Cofounder and COO, Hamilton Zanze, San Francisco, CA
Prior to co-founding Hamilton Zanze in 2001, Tony Zanze’s experience in real estate included capital markets, asset management, leasing, development, and investment and brokerage of multifamily and commercial properties. Before HZ, Tony was with RREEF Real Estate Investment Managers overseeing asset disposition. Before joining RREEF, he was manager of the San Francisco office of GE Capital Real Estate, where he handled the production of mortgage-backed securities, structured finance, and equity investments . From 1986 to 1997, Tony was with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he originated long-term fixed-rate loans and joint ventures. Tony began his career as a sales investment broker with Cushman & Wakefield and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. in Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin.



Open House

Join us before the event for a special Open House for Prospective Students.

Meet Presidio alumni, current students, faculty and the Admissions team in an informal setting to ask questions and learn more about our school and the programs we offer. Talk with Presidians and gain insight on what it means to be an MBA, MPA, or Dual Degree student at Presidio. 

Wednesday, February 12th at 6:00pm PST at The HUB in San Francisco