Category Archives: Sustainability

Chicago’s pledge to honor the Paris Agreement and fight climate change

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Today Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed an executive order committing the city to the Paris Agreement sustainability guidelines. This builds upon Chicago’s bold pledge to transition to 100 percent renewable energy in city buildings by 2025, marking a major leap forward from the largest city to set such an ambitious goal.

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“It’s a significant statement for a city like Chicago to commit to power all city properties with renewable energy,” says Christian Beaudoin, JLL’s Director of Research in the U.S. “Municipalities are moving in this direction and, at some point in the not-too-distant future, this will be standard for cities across the country.”

How will we pull it off? … Read More

JLL Celebrates Earth Day 2017

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Every year on April 22, we all get a little nudge to pause and celebrate Earth Day. Not only does the day serve as a reminder to consider our individual footprints, but it also encourages us to think about the environmental impact of our buildings and communities.

The built environment accounts for nearly 40 percent of carbon emissions annually in the United States, which means the real estate industry can play a significant role in reducing the impact of climate change. At JLL, we are committed to delivering sustainable solutions that improve energy and resource efficiency, as well as ensure safe, healthy and productive workplaces.

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day, our Health Champions have partnered with Building a Better Tomorrow, our firm-wide sustainability program, to organize green and healthy activities with JLL offices across the United States. Take a look at our Earth Week social media highlights across JLL offices and managed buildings below!

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10 Top Ten Lists – 2016

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With David Letterman off the air, JLL Chicago Research is here to fill your Top Ten void. Consider this your crash course for 2016, a year-in-review of Chicago’s best moments, focused on commercial real estate, workplace, market trends and pop culture.

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Getting to know Keara Fanning

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Keara Fanning‘s passion for the environment has evolved since she started chasing butterflies and dreaming of swimming with beluga whales. JLL’s Midwest Sustainability Practice Lead found her way into the world of wellness in the workplace, where sustainability can go a long way toward boosting employee satisfaction.

“Environmental sustainability and energy efficiency are now the expectation for our clients, with trends moving toward health and well-being,” Keara says. “We’re making sure the spaces we design and occupy not only make healthier and happier employees but also allow them to be more productive.” Enter the Well Building Standard, a type of “nutritional label” for a space that Keara and team are pursuing for a large corporate client. Let’s dive in.

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In Hawaii with my fiancé Rick

Typical day: I handle all sustainability projects for the Midwest, including LEED certification, WELL Building Standard, energy retrofits and carbon reporting. We work on both new construction and existing buildings and frequently partner with other JLL business lines from project management to property management to our portfolio energy managers on corporate accounts.

Well, what’s a WELL Building anyways? WELL has overlaps with LEED, including indoor air quality and lighting, but lighting for WELL measures “melanopic lux,” which accounts for different colors in light. For example, if you sit in blue light all day, it throws off your circadian rhythm. WELL also accounts for an office’s fitness opportunities and the nutritional content, particularly sugar, of its available food and drinks (meaning no larger than an 8 oz. Pepsi). WELL sends an assessor once the project is occupied to test light, air and water quality.… Read More

Project Profile: Zurich North America

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Today’s headquarters decisions are more important than ever, driving companies’ recruitment, retention and brand strategies. When available space in the market doesn’t fit with the corporate vision, some companies are choosing to build new to create a truly personalized workplace of the future.

Build-to-suit projects are inherently complicated and risky. That’s why we have a dedicated team that takes an entirely different approach, offering our clients greater transparency and control.

Take a look at JLL client Zurich North America’s story below, where our Build-To-Suit Practice Group partnered with JLL’s Project and Development Services team to deliver a state-of-the-art headquarters campus in Schaumburg:… Read More

Inside Zurich North America Headquarters’ LEED Platinum certification

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JLL’s Jim Plummer, John Musgjerd, Jerry Riordan and Keara Fanning at Zurich North America headquarters’ grand opening

This week the JLL team joined Zurich North America to celebrate the grand opening of the firm’s new 783,800 square-foot Schaumburg headquarters. While the historic project has been years in the making, Wednesday’s event was highlighted by the announcement of the project’s LEED Platinum certification, the highest rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.Zurich North America Headquarters

After the ceremony and some entertainment by the Zurich employee choir, JLL Sustainability Practice Lead Keara Fanning took us on a green tour, showcasing the industry-leading outcomes achieved by the team’s LEED Platinum pursuit:… Read More

JLL Celebrates Earth Day 2016

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The built environment accounts for about 40 percent of global energy consumption and around a third of the world’s carbon emissions, which means the real estate industry can play a significant role in reducing climate change impact.

In the last year alone, JLL signed the Caring for Climate declaration, pledged emissions reductions to the NAZCA and attended COP21 in Paris to show our support for a strong international climate agreement. To continue this momentum, the firm celebrated Earth Day last week and JLLers from around the world took part in related activities.

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In Chicago, sustainability is an integral part of JLL’s corporate headquarters renovation at Aon Center. A prime example is our LED lighting and sensor control system that automatically dims the lights for a 40 percent reduction in energy, while also providing plenty of light for work. Lights come on when employees arrive and dim when they go home. Whether dark or light, we’re always thinking green.

Check out some of our #JLLEarthDay social media highlights!… Read More

Thinking outside of the ‘green’ box

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EarthDay1When it comes to sustainability, companies and landlords need to start thinking outside of the ‘green’ box in order to attract new occupiers in a tightening market. After all, sustainability isn’t just about the environment anymore. It’s also about health and wellness, which is why more and more building owners are looking to add amenities such as fitness centers, bike racks and showers within their facilities, as well as to integrate health and wellness measures into the design of their buildings. However, landlords need to be thoughtful about how they tackle the demand for building amenities, as the added electricity alone can greatly increase the budget, with electrical making up nearly a third of total renovation cost.

There are many pros to adding wellness focused amenities within your building, whether included in ground up construction or through renovation:… Read More

LIVE BLOG: Chicago’s top CFOs talk real estate with JLL

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JLL CFO Christie Kelly (at left above) is moderating a panel discussion on the role of real estate in today’s corporate world before a gathering of some 50 C-level executives from across Chicago. The event, which is being hosted by JLL, is taking place at the Eataly Chicago food emporium in River North.

Panelists include American Medical Association CFO Denise Hagerty; Coyote Logistics CFO Jonathan Sisler; Robert… Read More

Find out how JLL helped Procter & Gamble cut its energy costs by 10%

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One of America’s biggest companies is saving big bucks thanks to new smart-building technology implemented at its facilities by Jones Lang LaSalle.

According to this article in the Cincinnati Business Courier, Procter & Gamble (No. 28 on this year’s Forture 500 list) was able to slash energy costs by 10 percent as part of a pilot program… Read More