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Green company takes strategic next steps

The real estate department of a major green design software company wished to further improve operational efficiencies, align with the overall corporate sustainability program and internal product demonstration initiatives, and demonstrate to stakeholders that they have implemented green practices. The real estate department engaged Jones Lang LaSalle to assist with the development of their Global Sustainability Program.

Experts from our Energy and Sustainability Services and Strategic Consulting teams began with a comprehensive data collection effort that included a review of current programs and initiatives in place, and available sustainability metrics. They
also conducted interviews with 13 of the company’s major global site managers and stakeholders. Using that information, we worked with the real estate department
leaders to create and execute initiatives including:

  • Green Lease Assessment and Playbook – Our team examined seven current leases from various international locations for sustainable strengths and weaknesses using our Triple-G green lease assessment framework. Based on our findings, we developed a Green Lease Program Playbook with recommended site selection and lease execution processes, tools and templates.
  • Prioritization Workshop – Findings from the data collection effort and Green Lease Assessment were analyzed to form a preliminary list of more than 20 potential sustainability program initiatives. Our team then facilitated several workshops
    with the client to review and prioritize the recommendations in alignment with key corporate sustainability objectives.
  • Strategic Roadmap – Following the Prioritization Workshop, detailed charters for each of the top-priority initiatives were created and incorporated into a three-year strategic roadmap with target milestones and estimated time and budget allocations.
  • Program Implementation – Based on the Roadmap, our team was further tasked to assist in implementing two specific initiatives:

1) Create a sustainability skills Learning & Development training program for the real estate department staff based on an
assessment of current skills and identified needs related to job roles;
2) Perform a Green Globes Occupant Assessment for 30 sites globally in order to baseline and compare how offices in multitenant, leased spaces were performing relative to one another.

With the Strategic Roadmap in hand, the real estate department can implement a targeted group of sustainability program initiatives, and set the foundation for a continuous, measurable contribution to the company’s long-term corporate environmental sustainability objectives. They expect to achieve their 2012 goal to reduce CO2 by 4 percent annually, as well as support the internal development of innovative new products and demonstrate sustainability leadership in their industry.

For more information, contact:
Frank Teng
+1 408 349 8079
frank.teng@am.jll.com  

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