How IGC is making commercial real estate greener

Inland Green Capital LLC

2901 Butterfield Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

(630) 586-6058


Industry: Clean Energy Financing Assessed by Commercial Ownership

An interview with AnnaMaria Kowalik, Senior Vice President — Director of Business Development.

Q: Describe your business.

A: Inland Green Capital LLC is an environmental finance and investment company that can provide capital for clean energy projects assessed by commercial properties. IGC is a leader in promoting clean energy adoption and sustainability in the real estate industry in the United States. Clients benefit from our collective expertise accumulated over decades of real estate finance business and the experience gained from closing hundreds of C-PACE transactions.

IGC works with commercial building owners to fund clean energy upgrades that improve the sustainability of their properties, reducing both operating expenses and their capital cost.

Q: Do you plan to hire additional staff or make any significant investments in your business over the next year?

A: Yes, a position has recently opened at IGC for a senior partner, and we continue to consider future growth opportunities. IGC also enhances marketing initiatives through advertisements and participation in webinars and podcasts, to further promote IGC and the many benefits of the C-PACE program. C-PACE remains relatively new, and with environment, social and governance at the forefront of corporate business models, this is a great opportunity for us to drive promotional efforts across the automotive industry. commercial real estate.


Q: What will be the main challenges for your business next year?

A: Continue to educate landowners and municipalities on the C-PACE product and program as the financial tool of choice for securing energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation and resilience, and/or their components, from any renovation or new construction project to the finish line.

Q: What is the hottest trend in your industry?

A: Recapitalization of hotel and hospitality operational costs with funding for clean energy projects and retroactive funding for recently completed projects. The “greening” of industrial facilities and multi-family buildings has also been very popular over the past year, despite the pandemic.

Q: Is climate change affecting the way your business does business?

A: Absolutely. IGC can help commercial building owners improve their assets by providing capital to make them more energy efficient, thereby reducing their carbon footprint within their community. Everything is connected. In addition, climate change issues, including floods, earthquakes and even drinking water security, can fall under the resilience component of our funding tool, potentially having a significant impact on the question.

Q: What is your company doing to reduce the effects of climate change?

A: When you consider that commercial buildings in the United States account for more than 35% of our electricity consumption and nearly 16% of greenhouse gas emissions, IGC estimates that by providing capital to owners to reduce their energy consumption and emissions, helping to improve the building experience and the environment, one project at a time.

Q: Is your business minority owned? Belonging to a woman?

A: IGC is part of The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc., which is made up of a group of separate legal entities, the first of which was founded over 50 years ago by four former teachers of the Chicago public school and is now one of the nation’s largest commercial and financial real estate companies. Women have held leadership and board positions in inland companies throughout its long history.

I am proud to be part of Inland’s Women’s Initiative Network, a structured program for Inland’s individual member companies that provides women with access to professional education tools, mentorship opportunities, networking and career advice.

Q: What does your company do regarding DE&I?

A: Inland recently launched an engagement survey to solicit employee feedback to create a baseline to improve or improve employee training, development and leadership skills. Inland also continues to encourage DE&I through open lines of communication and training, which includes DE&I training and unconscious bias.

Q: Does your company donate time or money to philanthropic causes? If so, what are the causes?

A: Absolutely. Once a year, employees have free time to engage in voluntary actions of our selection or participate collectively in a dedicated project. Inland also offers matching programs for personal employee contributions throughout the year. Local homeless associations, food pantries, health-related support organizations and others are among the typical beneficiaries of our combined efforts.

Q: Does your company do anything else to improve your community?

A: Inland is a three-time recipient of the Better Business Bureau Ethics Award, annually supports The Wellness House, actively participates in the local Chamber of Commerce as well as the Chicago Association of Realtors and the Illinois Association of Realtors , and Dan Goodwin, Director and President of Inland founded New Directions Housing Corporation, a nonprofit developer of affordable housing for low-income residents throughout Illinois.

Q: What are you doing to make your company a great place to work for your employees?

A: Inland is very employee-centric and inclusive, taking into account individual work-life balance circumstances and offering flexibility or accommodations where possible. Prior to the pandemic, Inland hosted annual employee appreciation events, health fairs, discounted product and event opportunities, service and merit recognitions, and generous benefits programs to highlight employee appreciation.

Q: Do you have a business mantra?

A: We are part of the solution, improving properties one project at a time.

Q: What’s an interesting fact about your company that most people might not know?

A: Many of us at IGC have held various positions at other inland companies prior to the formation of Inland Green Capital in 2012. IGC draws on these relationships, extensive industry experience and access to various inland resources, which enables us to provide our clients with distinct and unparalleled service.

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