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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.
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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