LaSalle Investment Management’s global headquarters at 333 W. Wacker Drive in Chicago earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2018 ENERGY STAR Charter Tenant Space Award. LaSalle was one of only 48 organizations to earn this distinction in the U.S., which applies specifically to LaSalle’s office space on the 23rd floor at 333 West Wacker.
“Sustainability of our business operations remains a key focus for LaSalle both in our corporate office locations and across our portfolio of managed assets, and was a point of emphasis when we relocated our headquarters office to 333 West Wacker Drive in 2015,” said Jason Kern, LaSalle Americas CEO. “Adhering to sustainable best practices not only enhances our bottom line, but it also highlights our broader efforts to consistently act as a responsible corporate citizen.”
In order to submit for this award, over the course of the 10-month pilot LaSalle took a number of steps at its headquarters office, each of which was verified by a licensed professional. The company verified electricity meters; estimated the office’s energy use using an online tool developed by EPA with analytical support from the U.S. Department of Energy; established an EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager account for their office space and finally, documented the nearly 100 percent LED lighting fixtures, daylighting/occupancy sensors and nearly 100 percent ENERGY STAR certified equipment and appliances in the space.
“We are pleased to be among the first corporate occupiers to earn this ENERGY STAR award, as it demonstrates our commitment to energy efficiency and environmental stewardship by working to meet key efficiency criteria” Eric Duchon, LaSalle global head of sustainability, said. “As an investment manager with a diverse portfolio of assets in the U.S. and Canada, we look forward to promoting ENERGY STAR Tenant Space recognition to our tenants. We believe ESG best practices such as these help us elevate investment performance.”
This achievement adds to LaSalle’s track record of corporate sustainability best practices, building upon its July, 2016 LEED-CI Gold Certification for its Chicago Headquarters. LaSalle signed a lease to move into the now LEED-certified building in May 2015, where it occupies 27,000 square feet of office space.
“Congratulations to LaSalle Investment Management for their focus on energy efficiency within their office space. They demonstrate how an organization can work to cut energy costs and reduce waste, while creating a healthier environment,” said Bill Wehrum, EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation.