Jonathan Ratner, vice president of sustainability initiatives for Forest City Enterprises, has been named “Sustainability Executive of the Year” by Commercial Property Executive (CPE), a leading trade news organization serving the commercial real estate industry, as part of its annual Executive of the Year Awards program.
Award recipients were selected by a panel of 100 senior-level executives from across the commercial real estate industry.
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“I’m humbled and honored to receive this recognition, which reflects a much larger team effort and a companywide commitment to our core values of sustainability and stewardship, ” said Ratner. “Across Forest City, we’re committed to creating value for our shareholders and communities through urban, mixed-use developments and intelligent, high-performance buildings, creating healthy environments where people can live, work and shop. We believe this is the right thing to do for our residents, tenants and all of our stakeholders.”
Ratner joined Forest City in 2002. Early in his career with the company, his work focused on Stapleton, the company’s redevelopment of the former Stapleton International Airport in Denver. With a walkable mix of energy-efficient new homes, retail districts, schools, offices and an extensive network of parks and open spaces, Stapleton is a living example of progressive, sustainable neighborhood design.
Ratner brought that experience with him when he came to the company’s corporate office in 2006 to lead companywide sustainability initiatives. Most recently, Ratner helped launch Forest City’s Integrative Design Services group, which includes sustainability and corporate social responsibility, energy management, building technology services, and architectural design support.
Forest City Enterprises, Inc. is an NYSE-listed national real estate company with $8.2 billion in total assets. The company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate throughout the United States.
Ratner publicly reports its sustainability goals and performance, along with a wide range of other metrics and activities, annually in a Corporate Social Responsibility report, available at csr.forestcity.net.