Daniele Horton

Daniele Horton and Thomas Properties Group – On a Mission as LEEDers in Sustainability

Daniele Horton
Daniele Horton

Daniele Horton is on a sustainability mission. She earned a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development from Harvard University and a Bachelor's in Architecture & Urban Planning from Catholic University of Goias in Brazil where she worked as an architect and planner. A LEED AP with a Professional Certification in Construction Management and a California Real Estate License, Ms. Horton sits on the USGBC-LA Board of Directors and Chairs its LEED-EB Committee, which she founded. Clearly Ms. Horton is a woman committed to advancing sustainable efforts, policies and practices.

Ms. Horton is currently the Head of Sustainability for Thomas Properties Group (TPG)—a full-service real estate company sharing in her commitment to sustainability. Ms. Horton administers the LEED-EB Certification for the firm's nationwide portfolio of 34 office buildings. Her education, certification, and multi-faceted – and multi-national – work experience serve her well in this role in which her responsibilities span entitlement, design, construction and operations. She develops and implements corporate environmental programs that target TPG’s long‐term goals of ensuring sustainable and profitable buildings for its tenants and shareholders and positively impacting the communities around them while reflecting TPG’s belief in the value of a comprehensive approach to sustainability.  The programs she develops and administers add value to business operations through energy, water, waste, and material purchasing management, carbon management, sustainability and building performance reporting, corporate employee and customer outreach, stakeholder engagement as well as other sustainable practices.

Ms. Horton recently sat down with the Alliance to discuss her experiences and thoughts on sustainability, and the steps both she and TPG are taking in their shared mission as LEEDers in sustainability. Following are her comments on:

  • The Role of a Sustainability Manager
  • TPG’s Sustainability Initiatives
  • LEED EB O&M Certification
  • Green Tenant Guidelines
  • The Importance of Green Leasing
  • Differences in Approaches to Sustainability – California & Brazil
  • USGBC Roles & Interaction with the Alliance

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