CHICAGO, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) a 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. This marks the second consecutive year JLL has received a Sustained Excellence Award for its dedication to driving energy efficiency in its operations and in buildings it manages for investors and corporations. "EPA is recognizing Jones Lang LaSalle for earning EPA's highest ENERGY STAR award - the 2013 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award," said Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "Jones Lang LaSalle leads the field with their commitment to energy efficiency, and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money, and create a healthier environment." "The Sustained Excellence Award is meaningful recognition of our use of ENERGY STAR standards to continuously improve building performance both on behalf of our clients and in our own offices," said Lauralee Martin, CEO, Americas at Jones Lang LaSalle. "ENERGY STAR continues to gain universal respect as a key way to measure and improve energy efficiency." "Owners of all types of commercial property continue to increase their focus on energy performance, because they understand the bottom-line value as well as the environmental benefits," said Dan Probst, JLL Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services. "The first step to improvement is knowing your baseline performance, and ENERGY STAR provides the best way to benchmark your building." Energy savings are a part of the value that JLL brings to its corporate real estate clients. In 2012, JLL helped clients save 1.7 billion kBtu in its U.S. portfolio under management, avoiding 295,375 metric tons of CO2—the equivalent of removing 57,900 cars from the road. Globally, the firm reduces client energy costs by more than $100 million each year. "As we have maintained ENERGY STAR participation of our U.S. property management portfolio at 100 percent over the past three years, we have seen average ENERGY STAR scores increase every year—from 72 to 74 in 2012," said Bob Best, JLL Executive Vice President of Energy and Sustainability Services. "As more and more clients sign on to our IntelliCommand portfolio monitoring and control service, we'll see the ENERGY STAR score in those buildings continue to rise." Teams led by JLL also completed several projects in 2012 that reduced energy in high-profile buildings, including installation of new exterior lighting at Miami Tower in Miami, a lighting retrofit of Union Station in Chicago, and an energy retrofit and LEED Gold certification of Moscone Center in San Francisco. The firm also made progress on its commitment to the White House's Better Building Challenge to help clients reduce portfolio energy consumption by 20 percent in buildings totalling 98 million square feet by 2020; and increased its participation in ENERGY STAR's National Building Challenge, with 16 properties in the competition in 2012. "We also added more than 200 energy and sustainability accredited professionals during 2012, including LEED Accredited Professionals and Certified Energy Managers," Best said. "As of January 2013, Jones Lang LaSalle had more LEED credentialed professionals than any other firm in the LEED Professional Directory." Executives of Jones Lang LaSalle, an ENERGY STAR partner since 1998, will accept the Sustained Excellence Award at a ceremony to be held March 26, 2013 in Washington, D.C.About ENERGY STARENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2010 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars — all while saving nearly $18 billion on their utility bills. Because a strategic approach to energy management can produce twice the savings — for the bottom line and the environment — as typical approaches, EPA's ENERGY STAR partnership offers a proven energy management strategy that helps in measuring current energy performance, setting goals, tracking savings, and rewarding improvements.