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Dana Robbins Schneider recognized as NAFE Sustainability Champion

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Our very own Dana Robbins Schneider was recognized last week by NAFE as one of 16 recipients of its annual Women of Excellence Awards. The award honors Dana as NAFE Sustainability Champion for her outstanding accomplishments and leadership.

“I am proud to be recognized by a group that does an amazing job of supporting professional women around the country,” said Robbins Schneider. “It is truly… Read More

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… Read More

New York City is seeing green

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JLL’s Dana Robbins Schneider talks the benefits of retrofitting in the Commercial Observer

Dana Robbins Schneider, JLL Senior Vice President

Dana Robbins Schneider, JLL Senior Vice President

JLL Senior Vice President and energy and sustainability expert, Dana Robbins Schneider, was recently featured in an article in the Commercial Observer by Sara Pepitone, entitled “Green Day: The City and Landlords are Going… Read More

Empire State Building cuts $7.5M in energy costs over three years with JLL’s help

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The Empire State Building (ESB) has surpassed the energy savings guaranteed through its innovative energy-efficiency program – developed by a team including JLL – for the third consecutive year.

This year, the iconic property beat its energy-efficiency guarantee by 15.9 percent, saving $2.8 million.

ESBOver the past three years, the program has generated a total of approximately $7.5 million in energy savings. These savings are the result of continued enhancement of the iconic building’s new systems and the addition of many new tenants occupying hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space retrofitted according to program guidelines.

In 2009, Empire State Realty Trust and the Clinton Climate Initiative Cities program, an aligned partner of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, assembled a coalition of leading organizations focused on energy efficiency and sustainability. The team, comprised of the ESB, JLL, Johnson Controls (JCI), and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), developed the now-implemented ESB energy-efficiency program, designed to reduce costs, increase real estate value and protect the environment. The comprehensive retrofit was launched by the ESB, President Bill Clinton and Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the same year.

In 2011, the ESB beat its year-one energy-efficiency guarantee by 5 percent, saving $2.4 million. In year two, the iconic property surpassed its guarantee by nearly 4 percent, saving $2.3 million.

“The Empire State Building retrofit project has dramatically exceeded projected energy savings for the third straight year, reducing costs by millions of dollars,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Empire State Realty Trust Chairman, President and CEO.

“As we continue our energy efficient installations for incoming tenants, we are confident we will meet and exceed our completed project goal of saving $4.4 million dollars each year. As for now, we are ahead of our projections and that means more savings and more returns on our investments to date.”

President Bill Clinton also commented on the success of the program.

“Five years into the retrofit of the Empire State Building, we have seen carbon emission reductions and cost savings that show this is a model for the rest of the country,” said President Clinton.

“Not only do investments like this help protect the environment and put people back to work, they pay for the cost of the improvements and generate additional savings into the future.”

The retrofit project focused on eight innovative improvement measures addressing core building infrastructure, common spaces and tenant suites. Improvement measures performed by JCI and JLL included the refurbishment of all 6,514 windows, installation of insulation behind all radiators, a chiller plant retrofit, new building management systems controls, new revenue-grade meters serving the entire building, and a web-based tenant energy management system.

The core base building retrofit is complete, with the balance of the project to be finished as new tenants build out high-performance workspaces. Once all tenant spaces are upgraded, the building is expected to save at least $4.4 million a year, at least a 38 percent reduction of energy use.

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JLL’s Cynthia Wasserberger & Dana Schneider recognized by Bisnow as NYC Power Women

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Wasserberger and Schneider honored in group of 50 women who have shaped New York City

JLL Managing Director, Cynthia Wasserberger, and Senior Vice President, Dana Schneider, were recently featured in Bisnow’s “New York Power Women 2014” email series, which profiled 50 women Bisnow considers to have impacted New York City’s built environment. These hard-working, high-achieving NYC commercial real estate power women are set to be honored in person at a Bisnow event… Read More