JLL’s Dana Robbins Schneider Moves NYC to a Greener Future

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Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our generation, and JLL’s Dana Robbins Schneider has partnered with the City of New York through #OneNYC to reduce our footprint on the environment.

At the beginning of 2015, the City of New York brought together leaders from the real estate industry, engineers, architects, academics, and affordable housing experts to form the Technical Working Group (TWG). The group was gathered to develop a plan to achieve Mayor de Blasio’s goal of reducing New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, an initiative referred to as 80 by 50.

Dana Robbins Schneider, Managing Director at JLL, has served as an influential member of the TWG for the past 16 months. Dana was cited in the One City Built to Last: 80X50 Technical Working Group report as a co-author and leader of an exemplary case study included in the report, explaining JLL’s progress towards a greener future through deep energy retrofits of existing buildings and super-efficient new tenant spaces that deliver strong ROI..

Dana was quoted in the Mayor’s Office press release for the report, “It is critical for buildings to sustainably reduce their energy usage. Through our work as part of the 80 by 50 Technical Working Group, we have begun to lay a framework to drive deep energy retrofits across New York City’s buildings”. She further explains the profound impact that retrofitting can have on a building, and the city as a whole. Schneider says: “Replicating this model across New York City’s largest buildings Schneider_Dana would result in totally energy savings of over 25 percent for the whole city. Investing in deep energy retrofits with a measurable ROI is the most impactful and economically viable commitment we can make to reduce energy use in New York City”.

In an attempt to make the Empire State Building one of the most energy efficient buildings in New York City, JLL and the Empire State Realty Trust began the process of making the landmark super energy efficient in 2007. After intense evaluation, planning, and efforts, the project has successfully reduced energy consumption by over 38 percent, for an annual savings of $4.4 million, with a 3 year payback. We have worked with new tenants in the building to reduce their energy usage 20-57% beyond NYC code with an average 25% IRR. To read more about the success of the Empire State Building project, please click here.

JLL is committed to energy and sustainability practices in all of our spaces, and we are proud to recognize Dana’s contributions to the TWG. To read more about our energy and sustainability efforts, please visit the JLL Green Blog. Follow the conversation on twitter by using the #OneNYC hashtag.