Head of ESG, Real Estate at Bain Capital – Alvis Yuen

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Alvis Yuen is an ESG and Sustainability professional with expertise in ESG reporting, building decarbonization, energy systems, sustainability policy, investor relations, strategy, and project management. He has strong analytical and scientific background, recent sustainability portfolio oversight with the largest landlord in NYC, and currently leading Bain Capital’s Real Estate ESG initiatives.
Alvis is a graduate of the City College of New York, earning his Master’s degree for Sustainability in the Urban Environment. His interest in the interaction of the environment and business interest began during his undergraduate studies at NYU where Alvis pursued dual majors in biochemistry and economics. This background allows him to understand the more technical aspects of sustainability problems as well as their economic implications. His immersion in diverse academic disciplines enabled Alvis to balance the perspectives of many stakeholders when addressing the issues of sustainability.
At the G&A Institute, Alvis analyzed hundreds of corporate sustainability reports for submission into the global GRI database. His work has been incorporated into research on corporate governance and sustainability reporting trends of S&P 500 Index companies. Alvis has also contributed to Wikirate, a global open-source database for corporate sustainability performance.
Alvis’ specific interests include: green buildings, renewable energy, transportation, and urban development. In recognition of his accomplishments, Alvis has been awarded the inaugural REBNY Sustainability Fellowship. He is also a LEED Green Associate.

Show Highlight

  • Companies are focused on climate risk and opportunities to support the CDP framework.
  • Bain Capital is a large, global, multiple asset investor.
    a. A general partner for investing with different funding sources
    b. Invested in real estate associated investments
    c. Whole Business Unit of Bain Capital Real Estate
  • Pro tips for transparency to ensure you are reporting, collecting, and tailoring accurate data for your portfolios.
  • Deciding what green best practices to use for your projects and not just chasing a certification.
  • Alvis shares some of the more aggressive mandates that may be coming to a city near you.
  • Get your foot in the door with roles that are a little more narrow and specialized in the industry.
  • Charlie and Alvis discuss the trillion dollar question in our industry.

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