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Jones Lang LaSalle Turning Out Lights Around the World for Earth Hour 2010


London, 25th March 2010 – Jones Lang LaSalle's global office network spanning 45 countries will be uniting behind Earth Hour this weekend, turning off lights in a co-ordinated show of support for WWF's annual campaign to encourage commitment to action on climate change. At 8.30pm, local time, on Saturday 28th March in 180 cities around the world, Jones Lang LaSalle and LaSalle Investment Management offices will join with many thousands of other public and private buildings in backing the Earth Hour message.

The firm has been involved with Earth Hour since its inception by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007. This year, in addition to endorsing the campaign through its own offices, Jones Lang LaSalle is partnering with clients in towns and cities across 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. WWF is encouraging organisations and individuals to sign up to show their own support and hopes that one billion people will choose to participate on Saturday.

Lauralee Martin, Jones Lang LaSalle's Chief Operating and Financial Officer, said: “Earth Hour sends a powerful message from like-minded individuals, communities and businesses across the globe. We all want to play our part in conserving our planet's resources and environment for future generations. This is an outstanding and vitally important initiative by WWF and Jones Lang LaSalle is proud to again provide such a strong show of support through the efforts of our people across the world. We are particularly delighted to be partnering with so many of our clients on their own Earth Hour initiatives. It is an approach that is entirely consistent with our strong advocacy for environmental issues and the pioneering work of our Energy & Sustainability Services teams, which are an integral part of our capability worldwide.”

Andrew Gould, Chief Executive, Jones Lang LaSalle England, said: “We are glad to pledge our support for Earth Hour again this year. I know that many of our staff in the UK are personally involved as well and through our sustainability programme, A Cleaner Tomorrow (ACT), we commit ourselves to greener ways of working. ”
Julie Hirigoyen, Lead Director of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Sustainability Services team, added: “It’s vital that we act now to address the worst impacts of climate change. We are advising clients to help them address both the challenge and opportunity that sustainable development presents. By working together, we can all play a vital role in tackling climate change.”

Notes to Editors
Earth Hour is a global WWF climate change initiative. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday March 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM to show their support for action on climate change. The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. In 2008, more than 50 million people around the globe participated. In 2009, hundreds of millions of people in more than 4,000 cities and towns across 88 countries switched off their lights for one hour.