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CHICAGO-Jones Lang LaSalle, based here, tells GlobeSt.com in an exclusive interview that it is forming a new group to offer energy management and environmental sustainability services. John Schinter will be the president of the new Energy & Sustainability Services group.

Schinter was previously the director of global energy services for JLL. Diane Vrkic has been promoted to chief operating officer of Energy & Sustainability Services and will be responsible for developing the group in the Americas region. Chris Wallbank will head up the Asia-Pacific region and Chris Hiatt will lead the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

The new group will offer services such as consulting services and facility management services to reduce companies’ energy and water usage, construction management of “green” buildings and buildings seeking certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). “It is an initiative that was launched by our CEO” and president Colin Dyer, who has been with Jones Lang LaSalle since 2004, Schinter says. The group will also offer its “One View” service which allows clients to see information in one place for their energy and water usage, carbon emissions and other criteria such as amount of recycling. “We have developed a number of tools that are available to our clients that we can integrate all of the activities around a large portfolio of properties or a single building,” he says. “Then, we can track all of these different metrics around the globe.”

The company had offered the services already, but this will allow for more communication and collaboration between different departments or groups from different regions, such as between the United States and Australia, and to offer the “best practices” from different regions. “Here in the US, we – as a society – are focused on the bottom line,” he says. “There are a lot of great practices in the Asia Pacific regions and the European regions that are more focused on the impact to the environment.” The new group will coordinate all of the environmentally sustainability services, even if they are services provided by other companies. “It is really an integration of services, some of them from within Jones Lang LaSalle (and) some of them without,” he says.

The firm currently has about 25 “major clients,” Schinter says. Jones Lang LaSalle has provided energy management audits and services for Bank of America and for Lincolnshire, IL-based Hewitt Associates, a human resource company. The firm has also renovated a headquarters facility in Troy, MI for LaSalle Bank to make the facility LEED certified. Last year, Jones Lang LaSalle’s clients saved $33 million in utility costs by decreasing greenhouse emissions by 89,859 tons, Schinter says. Current goals of the group are to focus on the needs of existing clients and then to increase the amount of clients, he says. “We will be looking to really advance a standardization of programs and services globally, recognizing there are a lot of clients that have a very large global presence,” he says.

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