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JLL’s Darlene Pope Receives Visionary Award from DowntownDC BID

Award recognizes the most talked about leaders, programs and partnerships in DowntownDC

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 9, 2016 – For the past six years, hundreds of building owners and operators have descended on Washington, D.C., to engage in leading-edge discussions with visionaries and prominent thinkers in building energy at the Building Energy Summit®. Last night, the event's founder was recognized as a visionary in her own right.

Darlene Pope, Senior Vice President, Energy and Sustainability Services, and Director of the Smart Building Program for JLL, accepted the Visionary Award from the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) during its annual Momentum Awards ceremony. The Visionary Award showcases individual excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of work and inspiration to others. Pope was chosen based on her innovative work to help transform buildings into energy efficient, high-performance facilities.

"Darlene's leadership in developing smart building roadmaps and platforms and facilitating energy efficient education, consulting, and impactful solutions has created a framework for achieving a true smart Downtown," said Neil Albert, Executive Director, DowntownDC BID.

The Momentum Awards recognize outstanding individual and organizational achievements while celebrating the people, programs and projects that make downtown Washington, D.C., so much more. The DowntownDC BID is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research to help diversify the economy and enhance downtown Washington, D.C.

"Thank you to the DowntownDC BID for recognizing the influence my work has had on transforming the industry and promoting high-performance, smart buildings," said Pope. "The Building Energy Summit has been a valuable venue to discuss the rapidly evolving role of building technology and continue to drive change. Energy reduction has always been a driving factor, but the value of smart technology in the workplace delivers even greater benefits, such as health and wellness, worker productivity and a better occupant experience."

The Building Energy Summit®, created in partnership with the BID in 2012, has been a mainstay in the energy and sustainability industry. The event was founded by Pope, who has 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, technology and smart building solutions, along with a passion for making a positive impact on building operations and management. She is a nationally recognized author and speaker on intelligent buildings, energy management, green buildings, sustainability, in-building wireless solutions and other real estate technologies. Pope now leads JLL's Smart Buildings program, which combines extensive knowledge of building facilities, operations and engineering to design intelligent solutions that improve efficiencies, enhance the end user/occupant experience and reduce impact on the environment.

Now in its sixth year, the Building Energy Summit is the premier event for building owners and operators to learn about new energy efficient technologies and solutions, collaborate on best practices, share case studies and take action for energy savings. The 2017 Building Energy Summit is scheduled for April 27, 2017 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. 

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.  JLL is a Fortune 500 company with, as of December 31, 2015, revenue of $6.0 billion and fee revenue of $5.2 billion, more than 280 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 60,000.  On behalf of its clients, the company provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. As of September 30, 2016, its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $59.7 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