Ellen Sinreich

Executive Summary

Ellen Sinreich, LEED AP, Esq., Founder and President of Green Edge, brings over two decades of real estate, legal and management expertise to the field of sustainability and carbon footprint reduction. Her experience as a real estate attorney, senior real estate executive and successful entrepreneur informs the green initiatives that she develops for public and private sector clients nationwide.

Ellen is on the faculty of New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate; created and chaired the Green Real Estate Summit; is a member of Urban Green; and has held numerous leadership positions with the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers, and the New York City Bar Association. A graduate of Columbia Law School, Ellen educates clients, colleagues, and students in settings ranging from the classroom to the board room to webcasts.

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Recognized in the business community and celebrated by clients, Ellen Sinreich, LEED AP, Esq., Founder and President of Green Edge, is a sustainability leader who helps public and private sector organizations achieve breakthrough results by harnessing sustainability — the greatest opportunity of our time. Ellen’s unique blend of sustainability, real estate, legal and regulatory expertise informs climate change solutions that enable her clients to transform their real estate and thus their organizations. After two decades as a real estate executive, attorney and entrepreneur, Ellen recognized that the need to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment would present challenges and opportunities with enormous potential. She formed Green Edge in 2007 to provide clients with the tools to take advantage of this potential as the basis for competing and winning in the 21st century.

Ellen has always marched to the beat of a different drummer. Her entrepreneurial spirit is refined by her training as a corporate attorney. Clients reap the benefits of this melding of two worlds: her thinking is unconventional, her approach unique and her imprint unmistakable.

After a successful stint practicing law with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, a blue chip law firm in New York City, Ellen started her own real estate law firm (Sinreich & Associates) during the downturn of the early 1990s. Bucking the odds with hard work, determination and a little luck, Ellen built a national law practice with public and private sector clients ranging from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority to PaineWebber, the Simon Property Group and the Related Companies.  Her next challenge — as a senior executive with one of her former real estate clients — resulted in the growth of that company from a regional shopping center owner with 24 properties into a company of national prominence with over 100 properties in 20 states.

During her five years at the helm of Green Edge, Ellen’s singular blend of skills and experience have drawn clients to her for projects ranging from the development of a LEED certified 2,500 acre, multi-university campus in the Middle East to the creation of a regional framework for financing energy efficiency improvements in the United States. Recognizing that the lease is the most important transactional document when it comes to greening tenant occupied properties, Ellen developed Green Edge’s proprietary formula for greening the leasing process, resulting in the development and implementation of green lease strategies for organizations from the Southwest to the Northeast.  Drawing on her understanding of how to implement change in an operating company, Ellen led the Green Edge team to create Green Edge Workshops, a tool that clients resource to foster employee engagement around the creation and implementation of carbon solutions.

Finally, Ellen’s vast real estate transactional expertise, reflected in her attention to detail, long-term perspective and flawless execution, has been sought after by clients seeking to green their development and retrofit projects, including a 150,000 square foot midtown Manhattan office building renovation and 200,000 square foot mixed-use development in Texas.

In addition to leading the success of Green Edge, Ellen is on the faculty of New York University, developed and chaired the annual Green Real Estate Summit and has lectured at the Wharton School of Business, Georgetown University and Columbia Business School. A frequently sought-after speaker, she has educated clients, colleagues and students in a variety of corporate and civic settings ranging from boardrooms to webcasts.

Ellen is a graduate of Columbia Law School and has published numerous articles and white papers on sustainability, real estate and legal issues.