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Jones Lang LaSalle recognized by two U.S. Presidents at the White House

CEO Colin Dyer joined business leaders at the White House with Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to discuss the Better Buildings Challenge, which asks leaders to make a significant commitment to energy efficiency in the nation’s buildings.

WASHINGTON, DC,  Dec. 2, 2011 - On December 2, Jones Lang LaSalle CEO Colin Dyer joined 30 business leaders at a White House roundtable meeting with Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. The topic was the Better Buildings Challenge, a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Clinton Global Initiative which asks business, academic, and state and local leaders to make a significant commitment to energy efficiency in the nation’s buildings.

Before the meeting, President Obama told Dyer, “A good friend of mine, Marty Nesbitt, spends a lot of time with you, and he tells me great things about your company.” [Mr. Nesbitt is a member of the Jones Lang LaSalle Board of Directors.] President Clinton said, “I got to know of your company during the Empire State Building project. You guys are doing terrific work in the energy area.”

After the event, Dyer said, “I got to represent the firm at the White House, but it was the outstanding work of people like Lauralee Martin, Ray Quartararo, Dan Probst, Dana Schneider and the rest of our energy and sustainability services team that earned us the respect of two U.S. presidents.”

During the meeting, President Obama announced nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private-sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next two years. “Making our buildings more energy efficient is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways for us to create jobs, save money, and cut down on harmful pollution.” Obama said.  “It is a trifecta, which is why you’ve got labor and business behind it.  It could save our businesses up to $40 billion a year on their energy bills – money better spent growing and hiring new workers.”

President Clinton added, “Energy saving is the nearest thing the country has to a free lunch.”

Jones Lang LaSalle’s commitment to the Better Buildings Challenge includes developing action plans which, by 2020, will improve energy efficiency to reduce energy usage by 20 percent at 98 million square feet of large properties the firm manages for clients in the U.S. These efforts will highlight the innovative strategies that have been developed to identify energy savings and their costs in ways that make a solid business case for ongoing investment.

Commenting on this, Dyer said, “In the past three years, our ESS group has saved corporate clients and real estate owners more than $300 million globally in energy costs. So we’ve proven that energy-efficient buildings make good business sense in addition to good environmental sense. And, as a result, we’re well equipped to meet or exceed our 20 percent energy reduction goal while continuing to extend our leadership position in the field.”
About Jones Lang LaSalle
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 70 countries from 1000 locations worldwide, including 200 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 $47.9 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our website,