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A LEEDer in New Jersey's green-office movement

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Meisel - who took online courses over a two-month period to prepare for the exam - is the second of two JLL brokers in New Jersey to receive LEED-accredited professional status; the other 14 with the designation are project and property managers who advise landlords on constructing or renovating buildings to LEED standards, or implementing environmentally friendly practices.

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									                                                                              Real Estate
Christina Mazza




                                                                                                                                                                                         Jonathan Meisel, New Jersey
                                                                                                                                                                                         markets director of Jones Lang
                                                                                                                                                                                         LaSalle, is one of the few
                                                                                                                                                                                         industry executives in the Garden
                                                                                                                                                                                         State to become accredited as a
                                                                                                                                                                                         LEED professional.




A LEEDer in New Jersey’s green-o ce movement
But ‘valuable’ certification dampened by commercial real estate slump                                              second of two JLL brokers in New Jersey to receive      sustainable upgrades, he said. Expenses include
                  By EvElyn lEE                          wide initiative JLL began three years ago to             LEED-accredited professional status; the other          project registration fees to the USGBC of $450
FOUR YEARS AGO, he opened his firm’s New                 substantially increase the number of the firm’s          14 with the designation are project and property        to $600, and review fees from $1,250 to $22,500,
Jersey office, expanding the operation into one of       employees with sustainability accreditation.             managers who advise landlords on constructing or        depending on the size and type of project.
the most prominent in the Garden State. Now, in          The firm now has more than 500 employees                 renovating buildings to LEED standards, or imple-             Despite the fact that “typical real estate
the face of a downturn, a top real estate player is      across the globe who have earned such a dis-             menting environmentally friendly practices.             leasing transactions are off” by a considerable
looking to sharpen his firm’s competitive edge in        tinction — including 16 in the Garden State.                    “Corporations are trying to reduce their car-    amount, Meisel sees some bright spots. Corpora-
the state with a focus on sustainability services.             “It’s not a recent fad for us,” said Meisel, 47.   bon footprint,” he said, noting that sustainable        tions have increasingly handed off the manage-
      In late June, Jonathan meisel, New Jersey          JLL served as consultants to New York’s Bank of          features rank fourth or fifth on the list of criteria   ment of facilities to third-party providers like JLL,
markets director of commercial real estate ser-          America Tower — which is scheduled for comple-           a tenant considers in a building, after location,       he said: “Having companies offload or farm out
vices firm Jones Lang Lasalle, became a LEED-            tion in early 2010 and has applied for LEED Plati-       amenities and quality of space. “If a tenant looking    some of these other needs to corporations like us
accredited professional under the U.S. Green             num certification — and is working on bringing           for space has a choice between two buildings, and       is where we’re growing our business.”
Building Council, a designation t
								
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