Real estate manager and operator Greystar Real Estate Partners announced today the appointment of Cope Willis as Managing Director of Sustainability.

In his new role, Willis will be responsible for leading the strategy and the execution of Greystar’s global climate and sustainability efforts with respect to firm’s more than $50 billion owned asset portfolio.

Bob Faith, CEO, Greystar, said:

“We are excited to welcome Cope as our new sustainability leader as his extensive industry experience and ability to harmonize business and sustainability goals will continue to help Greystar strive to be a leader in ESG performance.”

Willis joins Greystar from environmental services company Harsco, where he served as Vice President, Sustainability & Environmental Solutions, and led the global sustainability program and ESG integration across corporate and business unit functions. He has also served as Director of Sustainability Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he advised real estate, private equity, and financial services companies.

Currently, he is also a member of Real Estate Roundtable, Urban Land Institute, U.S. Green Building Council, and American Iron & Steel Institute Sustainability Committee.

Willis said:

“I am thrilled to bring my experience in building strong sustainability programs and strategies to Greystar and look forward to driving the next phase of the company’s leadership and innovation in ESG practices across the industry.”