Looking to make #green real estate investments? A new index could make those investments more transparent for REITs:

Looking to make #green real estate investments? A new index could make those investments more transparent for REITs:

Novel investment pathways known as investable green property indices could open the floodgates to new sources of capital for millions of square feet of building stock, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which partnered with investment analyst FTSE and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts to lay the groundwork. The new indices will allow real estate investment trusts (REITs) to target specific green property types, and the same metrics will help financial analysts compare and fund REITs based on objective sustainability rankings. Source: Eichholtz, Kok, and Yönder Green Buildings in Portfolios of U.S. REITs: Most real estate investment trusts include green buildings in their portfolios. The new indices will help rate these REITs according to how green their overall portfolios really are. ----- Advertising ----- Some studies have sugge...

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