Former Microsoft Environmental Strategist Robert Bernard Joins CBRE as Chief Sustainability Officer

Robert Bernard will drive enterprise-wide strategies that strengthen the suite of sustainability services the CBRE delivers for clients, as well as strategies that enable the company to achieve its own carbon-reduction and sustainability goals.

Former Microsoft executive Robert Bernard has joined Dallas-based real estate services giant CBRE Group as chief sustainability officer and senior vice president of client sustainability solutions, bringing with him more than two decades of environmental sustainability experience.

“As the world’s largest commercial property manager, we have an outsized opportunity to influence sustainability across the built environment,” Bob Sulentic, CBRE’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Rob’s background, technical expertise and leadership skills uniquely position him to lead our efforts and we are excited that he has chosen to join CBRE to advance our internal and client-focused sustainability initiatives.”

Bernard will drive enterprise-wide strategies that strengthen the suite of sustainability services the CBRE delivers for clients, as well as strategies that enable the company to achieve its own carbon-reduction and sustainability goals.

In September 2021, CBRE pledged to reach net zero emissions by 2040.

Previously, Bernard was the first chief environmental strategist at Microsoft, where he established a global strategic framework to transform company-wide approaches to carbon, climate, energy, water, and waste.

Most recently, he founded and served as managing director of a private equity firm, Commonwealth Equity Partners LLC, focused on investments in companies that participate in the circular economy. Bernard also served as an adviser and consultant to National Geographic, Allbirds, and Watsco Inc.

“The built environment generates about 40% of the world’s carbon emissions. CBRE is deeply committed to doing our part to combat climate change and I look forward to working closely with my colleagues, our customers and business partners to decarbonize buildings around the world,” Bernard said in a statement.

CBRE Group is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, based on 2022 revenue. It has roughly 115,000 employees — excluding Turner & Townsend employees — serving clients in more than 100 countries.

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