NAR Sustainability Summit, July 29, 2020

Agenda & Speakers

2020 NAR Sustainability Summit Logo

The Sustainability Summit took place virtually on July 29, 2020 from 11:00am – 2:00pm CT.

 A recording of the event is now available on the Sustainability Summit home page.


11:00am – 11:55am
Welcome and Opening Keynote: From Here to Sustainability: A Path Forward for REALTORS®

Vince Malta, 2020 NAR President
Joel Makower, CEO, GreenBiz

11:55am – 12:30pm
NAR Research Sustainability Outlook

Jessica Lautz, Vice President, Demographics and Behavioral Insights, NAR

12:30pm - 12:40pm

12:40pm – 1:15pm
Extreme Weather Impacts and Data on the Real Estate Industry

Stuart Pratt, Global Head, Public Policy and Industry Relations, CoreLogic

1:15pm – 1:55pm
Resilience in the Time of COVID: A View From the Urban Land Institute

Katharine Burgess, Vice President, Urban Resilience (ULI)

1:55pm – 2:00pm
Closing Remarks

Vince Malta, 2020 NAR President


Vince Malta

2020 NAR President Vince Malta

Vince Malta, a REALTOR® in San Francisco, California, is the 2020 President of the National Association of REALTORS®.

Vince is a third-generation REALTOR® and the CEO and broker of Malta & Co., Inc. Vince has been in the real estate business for 43 years and has served the industry in countless roles.

On the national level, Vince has testified before Congress multiple times on behalf of NAR on issues such as the impact of increasing conforming loan limits, insurance reform, and housing policy. He has served on the NAR Board of Directors from 2002 to present, and was the 2010 & 2011 Vice President of Government Affairs.

Since 1988, Vince has been deeply involved with the California Association of REALTORS® (CAR). In 2002 he became an Honorary State Director for Life, and in 2006, CAR elected him President. He was awarded REALTOR® of the Year for the state of California in 2007.

He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Joel Makower

Joel Makower

Joel Makower is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, Inc., creator of along with research and events on sustainable business and clean technology. He hosts’s annual GreenBiz forums as well as the VERGE and Circularity conferences produced by his company, and is principal author of the annual “State of Green Business” report.

For 30 years, Joel has been a well-respected voice on business, sustainability and clean technology. As a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur on corporate sustainability practices, he has helped a wide range of companies align environmental goals with business strategy.

A former nationally syndicated columnist, Joel is author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century, (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), about a business plan for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative.

Previous books include Strategies for the Green Economy (2008), Beyond the Bottom Line (1994) and The E-Factor (1992), two of the earliest framing books on corporate environmental responsibility and corporate social responsibility, respectively.

The Associated Press has called Joel "The guru of green business practices." In 2012, he was awarded the Hutchens Medal by the American Society for Quality, which cited “his ability to tell compelling stories that both inform and inspire business leaders toward profitable action.” In 2014 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Institute of Sustainability Professionals.

Joel frequently keynotes corporate events, business associations, and regional business and economic development events, is a sought-after moderator and host of sustainability events, and is frequently quoted in major news media, including Fortune, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Time, and public radio’s Marketplace.

Joel advises several startups and chairs the board of the nonprofit youth entrepreneurship organization United Roots.

Jessica Lautz

Jessica Lautz

Dr. Jessica Lautz is Vice President of Demographics and Behavioral Insights at the National Association of REALTORS®. The core of her research focuses on analyzing trends for both NAR members and housing consumers. Through management of surveys, focus groups and data analysis, she presents new and innovative ways to showcase results. Jessica discusses research findings in major media outlets and international presentations.

Jessica received her Doctorate of Real Estate from Nottingham Trent University in the U.K. She also has a Master’s in Public Policy from American University and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Law and Justice from Central Washington University.

Stuart Pratt

Stuart Pratt

CoreLogic is a $1.8 billion-dollar data and analytics company headquartered in Irvine, CA. Stuart Pratt leads the company’s public policy and business unit engagements with US and foreign governments. He also oversees the company’s liaison and research programs with academic institutions, think tanks, consumer groups, and trade associations.

Reporting to the CEO, Pratt advises him on enterprise-wide reputational, policy and risk issues. As a member of the company’s Operating Committee he contributes to the company’s design and execution of its strategic and annual business plans.

Previously, Pratt served as president and CEO of the Consumer Data Industry Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Housing Policy Council and the Consumer Data Industry Association.

Katharine Burgess

Katharine Burgess

As Vice President of Urban Resilience, Katharine Burgess leads the Urban Land Institute's Urban Resilience Program. Through research, advisory services, convenings, and outreach, ULI’s Urban Resilience Program helps ULI members, the industry and communities be more resilient to the impacts of climate change. At ULI, she has authored and co-authored recent reports on climate resilience, real estate and land use including Climate Change and Real Estate Investment Decision-Making, Harvesting the Value of Water, and Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate.

An urban planner with fifteen years of experience, she has practiced in the U.S., UK, and Germany, with global project work across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She began her career at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, where she managed post-Katrina hurricane recovery charrettes commissioned by the States of Louisiana and Mississippi and the City of New Orleans. Since then, her projects have included a range of large-scale, mixed-use masterplanning initiatives designed to encourage pedestrian activity and integrate green infrastructure, including campus plans, downtown revitalization plans, urban extensions and a new town for 10,000 people in Scotland. Her research work has included landscape performance research for the Landscape Architecture Foundation, as well as international urban policy research for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship program.

Ms. Burgess holds an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics and a BA from Williams College.