Prologis President to Speak at Csu Green Real Estate Conference on March 6

Note to Editors: Reporters interested in attending the event should contact Emily Wilmsen no later than March 5.

Denver-based ProLogis, the world’s largest owner, manager and developer of distribution facilities, has a growing list of firsts when it comes to sustainable building and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Walt Rakowich, president and chief operating officer of ProLogis, will talk about those efforts during the "Green Buildings & Homes" conference on March 6, hosted by the College of Business Everitt Real Estate Center at Colorado State University.

"Green building construction is a key component of our corporate commitment to sustainability and a business practice we believe to have substantial impact in the global effort to address the challenge of climate change," Rakowich said. "I am very pleased to be a part of this important event, which will provide a valuable forum for education and collaboration in support of improving the environmental performance of commercial and residential buildings nationwide."

The event will be from 8-11:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Registration is available at Cost is $75 for non-members of the Everitt Real Estate Center.

Also speaking at the conference will be Mark Boekenheide, senior vice president at The Related Cos., which is redeveloping 1 million square feet of buildings at the base of Snowmass Village. The project is expected to include 600 luxury residential units, restaurants and shopping.

"Energy consumption and climate change are hot topics for the real estate community, so we’ve invited experts in their fields – in both residential and commercial real estate – to talk about their experiences and the benefits of going green," said Steven Laposa, director of the Everitt Real Estate Center. "This conference is very practical and applied."

ProLogis currently owns, manages or operates nearly 509 million square feet of industrial space in 118 markets across the globe. The company has been recognized by the industry for its leadership in sustainability. Among its achievements:

– First real estate company in the world to join the Chicago Climate Exchange, the world’s first voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reduction and carbon credit trading program.

– First U.S. real estate company to issue a sustainability report in accordance with standards set by the Global Reporting Initiative, or GRI, a non-profit organization sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Programme.

ProLogis’ most recent sustainability report can be found at

The conference includes breakout sessions on commercial and residential building and a talk by Brian Dunbar, director of Colorado State’s Institute for the Built Environment and a construction management professor. For a complete schedule of events, go to