Today we celebrate Earth Day!

by

Dan Probst - Jones Lang LaSalle

Dan Probst
Energy and Sustainability Services

 
As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Jones Lang LaSalle can be proud that our employees, our company and our clients are working more sustainably than ever. 

Our employees demonstrate a remarkable level of environmental enthusiasm, as shown yesterday by our number-one position on ENERGY STAR’s Top Pledge Drivers ranking in the “2009-2010 Change the World” campaign. Our employees saved 144,402,811 lbs. of greenhouse gases by using energy efficient lighting in their homes, almost three times as much as the nearest competitor. 

As a company, our commitment to sustainability has been recognized in the past six months with the USGBC Leadership Award, ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, a California Sustainability Alliance 2009 Showcase Award (the only for-profit firm to be honored) and the City of London Sustainable City Award. These awards recognize our strong sustainability platform, from our bench of more than 550 LEED Accredited Professionals to our in-house Sustainability University to our investment in technological systems for managing and measuring gains in energy and sustainability.

For our clients, our teams achieved over $100 million in energy savings and 465,000 tons of reduced greenhouse gas emissions in 2009, equivalent to the annual carbon output of almost 80,000 homes or 115,000 vehicles. In addition, we have played a key role in the LEED certification of dozens of properties since the start of 2009, and currently manage more than 100 ENERGY STAR labeled buildings.
 
On the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day, we know that sustainability is the right choice not just for the environment, but for portfolio operating margins that benefit from green energy savings.  I can’t speak for Earth Day’s founders, but I think our ability to make sustainability economical as well as environmentally feasible provides the strongest prospects for our planet’s future.

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