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SINGAPORE, LONDON and CHICAGO, March 27, 2012 – Office buildings managed by Jones Lang LaSalle and LaSalle Investment Management will go dark for an hour Saturday evening in observance of Earth Hour, the annual campaign led by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to encourage commitment to action on climate change.
At 8:30 p.m. local time, Jones Lang LaSalle and LaSalle Investment Management offices worldwide will join with thousands of other buildings in turning off non-emergency lighting for an hour, effectively darkening skylines in observance of energy conservation efforts around the world.
"Earth Hour reminds us of the importance of energy conservation and sends a powerful message of the need to take action on climate change,” said Lauralee Martin, Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Jones Lang LaSalle. “It is a global initiative that unites our professionals, our clients and the cities where we work and live.”
“Jones Lang LaSalle has participated in Earth Hour every year since the event began six years ago,” said Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services at Jones Lang LaSalle. “Our firm is committed not only to observing this event but to go “Beyond the Hour” to make our firm and our clients more energy efficient throughout the year.”
In addition to endorsing the campaign through its 200 offices, Jones Lang LaSalle is partnering with clients in hundreds of cities and towns around the globe to help them show their support, while thousands of the firm's employees are preparing to join the campaign in their own homes. Jones Lang LaSalle manages 2.1 billion square feet of commercial property owned by corporations and investors in 70 countries around the world.
About Earth Hour
Hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support Earth Hour, the largest environmental event in history. Families, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8:30 PM local time to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. Forr Earth Hour 2011, more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights.
WWF is one of the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global Network active in more than 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2011 global revenue of $3.6 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 2.1 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with $47.7 billion of assets under management.
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