CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Apr 10, 2014) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded JLL a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Climate Communications Award for its outstanding efforts to combat climate change, in addition to the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for consistently surpassing Partner of the Year achievements. This marks the third consecutive year JLL has received a Sustained Excellence Award for its dedication to driving energy efficiency in both its corporate and client portfolios. JLL's accomplishments will be recognized at an awards banquet in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2014.
"By using innovative marketing and communications, JLL is helping to raise the public's awareness of climate change," said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. "An informed public can make smarter choices about the purchases they make and the impact that they have on the environment and our changing climate."
"Commercial building owners and investors of all property types look at energy performance as a key driver of their triple bottom lines," said Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services, JLL. "The best way to start realizing the financial, societal and environmental benefits of an energy-efficient building is by understanding the asset's baseline performance through ENERGY STAR guidelines and tools."
As an ENERGY STAR partner since 1998, a key to JLL's real estate service offerings are energy reductions and sustainability initiatives that combat climate change. Last year alone, JLL helped clients reduce 913,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide -- the equivalent of removing 190,000 cars from the road -- and saved $176 million in clients' energy costs.
"We're proud to have maintained ENERGY STAR participation throughout our U.S. property management portfolio for the past four years," said Bob Best, Executive Vice President of Energy and Sustainability Services, JLL. "Through this participation, we have seen average ENERGY STAR scores increase every year, in part due to clients reaping the benefits of IntelliCommand, our smart building management platform that enables continuous commissioning, dramatically reducing energy consumption and costs."
The firm also made progress on its commitment to the White House's Better Building Challenge to help clients reduce portfolio energy consumption by 20 percent in buildings totalling 98 million square feet by 2020; and increased its participation in ENERGY STAR's National Building Challenge, with 16 properties in the competition last year.
The 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. Award winners are selected from the 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).