IQHQ Demonstrates its Commitment to Sustainable Development with Strategic Hire of Director of Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance
Proven sustainability leader and industry veteran Jenny Whitson will spearhead IQHQ’s overall sustainability goals and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) program
SAN DIEGO, CA – May 11, 2021 – IQHQ, Inc., a premier life sciences real estate development company, today announced that Jenny Whitson has joined the company in its newly-created role of Director of Sustainability and ESG. Whitson brings more than 15 years of experience developing corporate-wide sustainability programs. Whitson will manage the overall mission, strategy and execution of IQHQ’s sustainability and ESG program with the goal to achieve net-zero emissions across the company’s 5.5 million square feet of premier, state-of-the art life science developments in Boston, San Francisco and San Diego.
“Jenny Whitson is a true pioneer when it comes to sustainability and ESG.”
“Jenny Whitson is a true pioneer when it comes to sustainability and ESG, and it is a privilege to welcome her to our growing team,” said Stephen A. Rosetta, Chief Executive Officer of IQHQ. “We are confident that she will advance our company’s commitment to sustainability, leading to well-managed, highly efficient properties that enhance the societal and environmental elements of our portfolio and company while maximizing returns to our various stakeholders.”
In her new role, Whitson will develop a plan to meet IQHQ’s sustainability goals and target of achieving carbon neutrality across the company’s growing portfolio of premier life science properties. To meet these goals, Whitson will work closely with CodeGreen, which is a leading national sustainability and energy efficiency consulting firm that IQHQ retained last year to track energy, water, waste, and carbon emissions across all of the company’s properties. As she implements IQHQ’s overall ESG strategy, she will work across the business functions of the entire company related to design, construction, facility operations, procurement, and corporate operations.
“IQHQ's vision to build premier sustainable buildings across its growing portfolio makes it one of the most dynamic life science commercial real estate developers in the industry,” said Whitson. “I’m proud to be joining a leadership team with such a strong commitment to ESG, and I look forward to working with them to operationalize the practice across the company.”
Whitson comes to IQHQ from Vanir Construction Management, Inc., one of the nation’s leading, privately-held full-service program, project, and construction management firms. At Vanir, she served as the company’s corporate-wide Sustainability Manager for public and private sector clients, providing sustainability certification, compliance, and renewable energy consulting for commercial building owners. Whitson also served in prominent sustainability roles with Parsons, Gensler and SDA Architects & Designers, and she holds multiple LEED AP Credentials and is an active Board Member for the Los Angeles chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
IQHQ is giving progress a home, empowering the life science community to thrive and succeed by creating and developing environments that inspire innovation and drive progress and growth. IQHQ’s focus is to acquire, develop and operate life science properties in the innovation hubs of San Francisco, San Diego and Boston in the United States, and the Golden Triangle in the United Kingdom. IQHQ has offices in San Diego and Boston. To learn more, visit iqhqreit.com or follow us on LinkedIn or Instagram.