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Turning off the lights for one hour on a single Saturday makes a big difference already
São Paulo, April 18, 2011 – For three years now, the employees of the real estate services and investment management company Jones Lang LaSalle have a volunteer commitment to fulfill in the evening of the last Saturday of March: to turn off non-emergency lighting for an hour in our offices and in their own homes. It may seem little, but the results show that the company has already saved 11,216 kilowatt-hours of energy and reduced CO2 emissions by nearly 4 metric tons in Latin America alone in the three-year period of 2009-2011. Now just think if this were a continual action, with the participation of everyone on the planet!
Jones Lang LaSalle Brazil joined the Earth Hour – a global initiative in partnership with WWF, aimed at fighting the threat of climate change – in 2008 (almost from the start in 2007). For one hour, businesses, governments and individuals across the world will turn out their lights to show their support for the global warming issue, as power production emits significant levels of greenhouse gases, which contribute to the global warming.
To have an idea of what this change of attitude represents, in Latin America alone, Jones Lang LaSalle’s participation in Earth Hour 2011 generated energy savings equal to nearly two acres of pine trees absorbing CO2 for one year, or taking one car off the road for six months, or the amount of energy used in one home for almost four months.
Starting in 2009, Jones Lang LaSalle set a target for Latin America to replicate the participation of its Facilities Management teams throughout the region. In 2011, this target was exceeded by 314 percent. In addition, over these three years, the company has encouraged its employees and clients to join the campaign in their own homes and in their office buildings. In Latin America, Jones Lang LaSalle offices participating in the initiative include Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Porto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.
According to Frederico Vasconcellos, Engineering and Operations Leader at Jones Lang LaSalle Brazil, the company currently employs over 550 certified professionals in leading systems in this industry, such as LEED, BREEAM, Green Star, and NABERS, across the countries in which it operates, and has been developing a set of practices to reduce its impact on the environment, including the ACT (A Cleaner Tomorrow) program. The ACT program was created to educate and engage employees on environmentally conscious actions they can take at work and in their daily lives, and to enable the company to expand its partnerships with organizations in the area of environmental sustainability from around the world.
Jones Lang LaSalle’s commitment continues – to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions from our offices, while helping our clients to cut their emissions. “So, our global target is to achieve energy savings equal to ten times our own carbon footprint,” said Vasconcellos.
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2010 global revenue of more than $2.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 60 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 185 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.8 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with more than $41 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our website,