Securitization is not typically associated with environmental or social investing, but speakers on one panel of Information Management Network's ABS East 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 CMBS that helped finance the construction of One Bryant Park as an example of how securitization can help make real estate greener. The Bank of America Merrill Lynch headquarters boasts a Platinum certification in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the gold standard for environmentally friendly buildings.

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