Business Panel

Sustainable Infrastructure Development:
The Role of the Private Sector



Jeff Hipschman, Senior Managing Director, CBRE

Jeff Hipschman currently serves as the senior managing director of CBRE, NJ supervising 125 sales and brokerage employees and overseeing 550 employees across NJ. Hipschman advises technically sensitive clients on site selection, configuration and procurement of facilities. Hipschman's career encompasses over 20 years of business experience in IT, operations, human resources and finance. His work history includes IT-related positions at Salomon and Lehman Brothers and he served as CIO of Studley, Inc. Hipschman is a graduate of William Paterson University with a bachelor of arts in communications and is a member of the Cotsakos College of Business Advisory Board.


Robert M. Beinstein, P.E., ENV SP, Director of Sustainabilty at The Environmental Financial Consulting Group, Inc.

Robert Beinstein is director of sustainability for the Environmental Financial Consulting Group, Inc., a business consultancy that works with AEC firms on the financial aspects of the engineering and construction industry. He works closely with the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (one of the developers of Envision™) and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (which stewards Envision in the marketplace), roles that leverage his passion for articulating the business case for realigning engineering and corporate practices around more sustainable outcomes. He has a BS in civil and environmental engineering, and has held technical and managerial roles in the commercial nuclear industry, managed environmental programs in the Federal marketplace, and lead a diverse array of client service-related work. Beinstein is an advisory board member at the Zofnass Program, a licensed professional engineer, a credentialed Envision Sustainability Professional, an approved Envision trainer and a member of the Tau Beta Pi national engineering honor society.


Dana Robbins Schneider, Managing Director, LEED Fellow, JLL

Dana Schneider leads JLL’s Energy and Sustainability Projects team nationally and heads the Northeast division in a region anchored by New York City, Boston, and Washington DC. Her focus is on energy optimization as well as the development and implementation of energy and sustainability programs for a broad range of clients and project types. She specializes in comprehensive energy and sustainability performance and LEED certification for new buildings, existing building retrofits, and portfolios as well as commercial interiors. Schneider joined JLL in January 2002.

Schneider led the whole-building energy retrofit of the Empire State Building and achieved LEED EBOM Gold certification for the most famous office building in the world in 2011. This major initiative uses a groundbreaking analytical model for maximizing energy and environmental value per dollar spent, which she was instrumental in developing. Schneider is now replicating this energy optimization process in over 30 buildings across the U.S. Schneider is a LEED accredited professional and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia.

Schneider was named to Engineering News Record’s “20 under 40” in 2011, New Jersey Real Estate’s 30 Under 30” in March 2007, and Engineering Design and Construction’s 40 under 40” in 2009. She has published articles in High Performance Buildings, Lessons Learned, Area Development, National Geographic, and Sustainable Facility; and has been quoted in the Financial Times, The New York Times, Preservation Magazine, New York Construction, and Forbes.


Priya Nagaraj, PhD, Professor, William Paterson University

Priya Nagaraj is an assistant professor of Economics and Global Business at William Paterson University. Her research interest is in the area of international economics, specifically financial globalization and firm level outcomes. She is particularly interested in the role of regulations on corporate performance.

Nagaraj received her PhD from City University of New York and her bachelors and masters degree in economics from Delhi University.