Executive Voices in Sustainability 2017:

Executive Voices in Sustainability: Marc D Wigder


What brought you to Yale?

As a real estate attorney transitioning into the business world I realized there were a core set of business skills that I wanted to develop but simply did not have. However, the ability to take these learnings, combine them with years of practice, to make an impact in business and society is the reason why the MBA for executives program at Yale with a focus on sustainability was so compelling.

How have you impacted sustainable practices in your career?

Managing commercial real estate in Florida, one sees the impact of climate change continuously. This led me to institute sustainable practices in our facilities management program which have realized real savings to customers, to our company, and to the environment.

Sustainability is contagious. In commercial real estate, not only do the better facilities strive to be more sustainable, but many companies within them strive to be better corporate citizens as well. We need to lead by example.

What challenges do you see for sustainability in your industry?

Commercial real estate is always changing and sustainable facilities and building materials are becoming increasingly innovative to combat the effect of climate change and reduce facilities’ carbon footprint. Reversing already created climate damage and making it a real global concern will be a great challenge facing our generation.

Tell us one thing about yourself that might surprise your classmates.

I sat for the bar exam in Florida 9 years after becoming an attorney in New York and am licensed in NY, NJ and FL.

Current Position

Firm: The Wigder Companies
Position: CEO
Duration: 7 years, Attorney for 19 years
Responsibility: Manage day to day affairs of real estate portfolio with properties in northeast and south Florida.

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