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Real estate leaders push for energy efficiency bill

Posted by Eleanor Fort at May 29, 2013 10:49 AM |
“Anyone still laboring under the impression that fighting climate change has to mean financial sacrifice should take a look at our clients’ income statements,” wrote Michael Jordan, Executive Vice President of Sustainable Strategy at Jones Lang LaSalle, in an op-ed for The Hill.
by Eleanor Fort, Associate, Policy Program Ceres Posted on May 29, 2013

“Anyone still laboring under the impression that fighting climate change has to mean financial sacrifice should take a look at our clients’ income statements,” wrote Michael Jordan, Executive Vice President of Sustainable Strategy at Jones Lang LaSalle, in an op-ed for The Hill. “For the past four years, Jones Lang LaSalle has helped more than 100 U.S. corporations and other building owners generate roughly $100 million in annual cost savings by reducing their energy use — and greenhouse gas emissions.”

Jordan’s editorial came just as the bipartisan energy efficiency legislation, sponsored by Congressman Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH), sped through the Energy and Natural Resources Committee on its way to a vote as soon as next week.

“At Jones Lang LaSalle, we understand that addressing climate change is not only a serious challenge but also a major economic opportunity. That’s why we have joined with 39 other companies — including big global brands such as General Motors, Nike, Intel and Starbucks — in signing a Climate Declaration calling on President Obama and Congress to act boldly in combating climate change. Strong policies can help us tackle this threat and capture economic benefits here at home,” Jordan wrote.

Read the full op-ed in The Hill’s Congress Blog here.