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JLL Takes Home Hardware at Retrofit Chicago Awards Ceremony

JLL among those recognized for making buildings smarter and greener

​CHICAGO, Nov. 19, 2015 – In less than three years, whole-building energy usage at the Northern Trust Center dropped by more than 20 percent below its baseline. Managed by JLL and owned by Metropolitan Life, the building located at 125 S. Wacker Dr. in Chicago is now the newest recipient of the distinguished Mayor’s Leadership Circle Award.

The award was given during a ceremony recently hosted by the Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative and National Resources Defense Council. JLL employees also took home the Most Valuable Engineer Award and the Most Valuable Property Manager Award during the event, which honors buildings and individuals who are achieving measurable energy performance improvement and advancing the effort to improve energy efficiency throughout the City of Chicago.

“Retrofits play a critical role in making cities smarter and more energy efficient,” said Dan Probst, chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services at JLL. “Think about it – for every new green building that is built, we have an opportunity to retrofit hundreds of existing buildings to help reduce emissions and environmental footprint. There are a tremendous amount of benefits and these awards are an ideal way to recognize that.”

The Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative encourages, promotes and celebrates voluntary energy efficiency leadership. It now includes 50 buildings covering nearly 40 million square feet that have each pledged to reduce energy usage by 20 percent over five years. Current participants have collectively achieved a 7 percent reduction in energy use with an annual cost savings of $2.5 million and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 5,800 cars from the road.

At the event, JLL’s Myrna E. Coronado-Brookover, senior vice president and general manager at 77 W. Wacker Dr., was named Most Valuable Property Manager, which recognizes a property manager or management team member who exemplifies how and why energy efficiency is critical to excellent property management. JLL’s Lawrence Lang, the chief engineer at 224 S. Michigan Ave., received the Most Valuable Engineer Award, which is given in recognition of a Retrofit Chicago engineer who has gone above-and-beyond in identifying and achieving energy savings through efficient building operations.

“Chicago is leading the nation by showing how diverse organizations and business can come together with a common mission to do good and be successful – all while saving energy and money,” said Karen Weigert, City of Chicago Chief Sustainability Officer. “By investing in energy efficiency to ensure sustainability for our businesses and homes, we are setting an example for others in the city and across the country.”

About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. A Fortune 500 company with annual fee revenue of $4.7 billion and gross revenue of $5.4 billion, JLL has more than 230 corporate offices, operates in 80 countries and has a global workforce of approximately 58,000.  On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 3.4 billion square feet, or 316 million square meters, and completed $118 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2014. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $57.2 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit