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Daniele Horton

Founder and President
Verdani Partners

Daniele Horton is the Founder and President of Verdani Partners

Daniele Horton brings over 20 years of experience in corporate sustainability, real estate and project management. Daniele’s expertise, dedication and passion are central to her leadership of the company. Daniele is an architect, LEED Fellow and a Certified Energy Manager. She is currently leading the Verdani team in sustainability efforts for 11 real estate firms with over 550 million square feet of diversified real estate across 4,250 properties representing over $275 Billion in AUM. Most of Verdani’s clients have ranked among the top ten on GRESB which reflects the success of their sustainability programs.

As the head of sustainability for Thomas Properties Group for almost a decade, Daniele led the LEED certification of TPG’s nationwide portfolio of office buildings in house and was ranked as the highest environmental performer on GRESB in the Americas in the Office category (2011, 2012 & 2013). With over 60 speaking engagements under her belt since 2008, and industry leadership with 14 organizations, Daniele was named one of the “Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability” in 2014.

Daniele is also an adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego where she teaches Sustainable Real Estate in their MSRE program. She also actively participates on several sustainability committees such as NAREIT’s Sustainable Real Estate Council, the GRESB Benchmark Committee, the USGBC National Advisory Council, the ULI Greenprint Performance Committee, the BOMA Sustainability Committee, the Living Building Institute California Congress and the California Sustainability Alliance Green Buildings Committee. She served on local non-profit boards for almost a decade and was the Founder and former Co-Chair for the USGBC-LA Existing Buildings Committee, she also leads the national Existing Buildings subcommittee of USGBC. Verdani recently started a non-profit organization called Verdani Institute for the Built Environment to advance global sustainability adoption in the built environment through research, education, collaboration, and resilience.