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Chicago, London and Singapore

Jones Lang LaSalle Supports Earth Hour Across the World

Global initiative provides a platform for the creation of an energy-balanced future

Chicago, London and Singapore, March 24, 2009 – At 8:30 pm local time on Saturday, March 28, 2009, Jones Lang LaSalle will join tens of millions of individuals and hundreds of cities across the world that have pledged to turn off their lights in support of Earth Hour.  Earth Hour is an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) begun in 2007 that has grown to include nearly 1200 cities and towns across 80 countries.
With a portfolio of over 1.4 billion square feet of office space worldwide managed on behalf of owners and occupiers, Jones Lang LaSalle will oversee the implementation of the Earth Hour program for many of its clients on March 28. Turning off the lights for one hour of operation at all of Jones Lang LaSalle’s managed buildings, in the spirit of the Earth Hour pledge, could reduce energy use by more than 1.4 million kilowatt-hours, equating to approximately 2.1 million pounds of greenhouse gas reduction.
Lauralee Martin, Jones Lang LaSalle’s Chief Operating and Financial Officer says, “We are proud to pledge our support for Earth Hour across the globe again this year. This meaningful effort is part of our long term action plan around sustainability, which involves both our employees and clients. Our Energy and Sustainability Services teams are partnering with clients to assess and address their sustainability needs in today’s changing environment. We believe that by working together, we can all play a part in taking action against climate change.”
As the leading global provider of sustainable corporate real estate services, Jones Lang LaSalle is a strong advocate of sustainable practices and energy efficiencies.  In 2008, the firm documented energy reductions for clients in excess of 790 million kilowatt hours, translating to $95 million in energy savings and the avoidance of 438,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
“Earth Hour highlights the need to achieve energy savings with maintaining occupant health and safety,” explains Dan Probst, Chairman of the Global Sustainability Board at Jones Lang LaSalle. “The seemingly simple act of “turning off the lights” at a large office building for an hour is actually a complex process for operational staff.  We recognize that no building should be completely dark as many staff and the public typically access buildings during later hours. Public areas such as plazas, pedestrian bridges or access ways require special consideration.”
In addition to support of the Earth Hour through actions taken at its properties, Jones Lang LaSalle employees worldwide are pledging to participate in the effort to send a powerful message about how individuals can work together to make a difference.  Through the firm’s internal sustainability program, A Cleaner Tomorrow (ACT) employees are educated year-round in sustainable practices and encouraged to engage in them on a personal level.
"This one hour of ‘lights out’ reinforces our employees’ commitment to adopting sustainable practices both at home and in the workplace,” says John Schinter, President, Energy & Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle.  “In pledging to turn out the lights, I am joining thousands of my colleagues and their families across the world who are spending quality time together and learning why Earth Hour and sustainable practices are so important.”