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Car-free zones, vertical forests lead Europe’s ‘clean air’ revolution

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Air pollution is a key environmental issue that is not only restricted to densely populated cities like Beijing or Delhi but is spreading its wings into many European nations as well, like Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK. The issue has posed multiple challenges in terms of management and mitigation of harmful pollutants.

Studies found that 85 percent of people living in urban areas are exposed to fine particulate matter at harmful levels. According to the recent air quality report from the European Environment Agency, air pollution causes 467,000 premature deaths across the continent annually. In addition, studies have shown that air pollution increases the incidence of a wide range of diseases (e.g. respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and cancer), with both short- and long-term health effects.

To deal with this problem, European cities have undertaken a variety of initiatives. EU air pollution legislation has followed a twin-track approach of implementing both air quality standards, including an exposure reduction target for particulate matter, and emission mitigation controls.

Franz Jenowein, JLL’s Director of Global Sustainability Research, believes each city is different with its own constellation of geographic, meteorological and industrial conditions, and solutions are similarly varied.

Putting the brakes on vehicular pollution

“We’re seeing schemes such as car-free zones, preferential treatment for electric vehicles, and pruning high-emitting vehicles from the road,” Jenowein said.

London, for example, is planning the world’s first Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), which will initially cover the existing congestion charge zone. Slated for roll-out in 2019, the ULEZ will apply to petrol cars below Euro 4 standards and diesel vehicles below Euro 6 standards, with a daily fee starting at £12.50 for cars and going up to £100 for buses and HGVs.

Though difficult to implement, measures to curb vehicular pollution can yield unexpected benefits. … Read More

A class act: Spalding University greens campus and community

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In an effort to improve its campus, Spalding University brought green and sustainable enhancements to the surrounding urban community.

In 2003 Spalding University, a private, liberal arts college located in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, committed to improving its campus and facilities. Spalding partnered with JLL’s Integrated Facilities Management service team to bring about the improvements, while controlling costs under the university’s tight budget. Over the years, Spalding has made environmental protection and sustainability a core part of its mission to not only enhance the campus, but also the surrounding community and neighborhoods.

Now, nearly 15 years into our partnership, Spalding’s mission has expanded far beyond original expectations. Working collaboratively, JLL helped Spalding achieve its ambition to become a sustainability leader in the community through the planning and renewal of Louisville’s South of Broadway “SoBro” neighborhood.

As part of the SoBro neighborhood development team, JLL uncovered opportunities for Spalding to contribute improvements to the community by transforming parking lots around the school into green spaces and parks. Spalding has more than doubled its acreage from 10.65 acres to more than 23 acres, adding almost three acres of green space to its campus and acquiring additional land for conversion into green space. While Spalding’s footprint has grown significantly, the facility management budget has not.… Read More

Strategies for greening FM

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When it comes to facilities management, sustainability just makes sense. It affects the bottom line, it’s woven into operations, and in the experience economy it plays a major role in employee and client satisfaction. That’s the message from JLL’s President of Global Integrated Facilities Management Maureen Ehrenberg, who offers some suggestions on how to improve your sustainability game, no matter your FM role. New technologies, the latest vendors and extra training all provide new pathways towards sustainability in FM, Ehrenberg says.

Read more of Ehrenberg’s article on page 10 of IFMA’s FMJ magazine.… Read More

Is Safety Sustainable?

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Posted by:
Bob Best
Energy and Sustainability Services



What does “safety” mean and is it part of the effort to make buildings more “sustainable”?

The traditional view of “green buildings” is that they have less negative impact on the environment, as measured by such things as greenhouse gas emissions, waste sent to landfills and water consumption.  However, there is growing interest in making buildings more… Read More

P&G achieves savings with smart building technology

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Posted by:
Leo O’Loughlin
VP, IntelliCommand

 Procter & Gamble (P&G) is no stranger to setting aggressive, data-driven efficiency, sustainability and profitability goals, but it is the company’s unique participation in adopting IntelliCommandSM smart building management technology, that is driving proven performance gains with first-year average energy cost savings of 10 percent. After deployment in a test group of facilities, P&G’s initial investment was returned within… Read More