Securitization is not typically associated with environmentally or socially responsible investing, but speakers at one panel of Information Management Network’s ABS East conference expressed confidence that the industry will come around to this field’s potential.

Socially-minded investments “don’t have to be a small-nichey portion of [investors’] holdings,” said Stephen Liberatore, a portfolio manager at TIAA-CREF. He cited the $650-million commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) that helped finance the construction of One Bryant Park as an example of how securitization can play a role in making real estate greener. The Bank of America Merrill Lynch headquarters boasts Platinum LEED certification, the gold standard for environmentally friendly buildings.

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