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The Energy Future Coalition’s strength is its ability to bring together diverse stakeholder groups to effect meaningful change in the energy sector. From its inception, the Coalition has built successful partnerships to promote clean energy, developed innovative business approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promoted high-level stakeholder engagement in the clean energy sector, as described further below.

The Business Case for Big-Building Energy Efficiency

June 28, 2012

Chicago, Illinois

BOMA/Chicago and Jump Start Chicago hosted a symposium for Chicago commercial building owners, investors, and asset managers on the value-added, energy-smart strategies that commercial building owners need to compete and win in today’s global real estate market.

On Thursday, June 28th, at Value Added, Energy Smart, top real estate owners shared strategic insights into how they made and implemented the business decision to successfully achieve deep energy savings in large commercial buildings. We had leading professionals from such firms as the John Buck Company, Jones Lang LaSalle, and CB Richard Ellis share the step-by-step tools and resources that you will need to decide whether efficiency upgrades make business sense for your own buildings.

The event also helped buildings determine whether they can meet the challenge of Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Building Initiative, in which participants agree to reduce building energy use by 20% within 5 years. Learn more about the Commercial Building Initiative in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s June 5th press release.



Panel 1: Commercial Energy Efficiency Success Stories

Leading commercial building owners and managers will describe the different paths they took to make their buildings more competitive and profitable with energy efficiency upgrades.


  • TJ Brookover, Principal, The John Buck Company & Chair, BOMA/Chicago Energy Committee


  • Mark Bettin, National Director of Engineering, Merchandise Mart Properties
  • John King, Property Manager, Prudential I & II, BentleyForbes
  • Pete Scarpelli, Vice President, Global Leader of Energy Services, CBRE
  • Liza Thelemann, Formerly Senior Property Manager, Corporate Office Properties Trust
  • Ryan Tinus, Sustainability Manager, Tishman Speyer

Panel 2: Your Building Can Meet the Energy Efficiency Challenge

Top Chicago energy efficiency practitioners will outline a five step program to prioritize buildings for efficiency upgrades, assess the efficiency opportunity in the best candidate building, commit to an upgrade, implement the project, and verify savings.


  • Craig Sieben, President, Sieben Energy Associates


  • Robert Jericho, Senior Program Manager, ComEd
  • Dan Probst, Chairman Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle


Event Hosts

For more than a century, BOMA/Chicago has supported the people who own, operate and manage Chicago’s office buildings. BOMA/Chicago’s members represent approximately 260 member buildings and 170 companies that provide services to commercial office buildings. Member building make up more than 80 percent of downtown Chicago’s rentable building area and nearly 100 percent of rentable space in Class A buildings downtown.

Jump Start Chicago is an initiative of real estate, construction, labor, and non-profit organizations working to drive deep energy efficiency gains in Chicago’s commercial real estate. Launched in 2011 with a series of eight roundtable discussions, we have brought together efficiency project developers and investors with building owners and now coordinate efforts to provide building owners with the tools and resources they need to decide whether big building efficiency upgrades make good business sense. The initiative was originally convened by the Energy Future Coalition.

Jump Start Chicago Steering Committee:

  • Peter Locke, Managing Director, Terralocke Sustainability Consultants
  • Ed Miller, Program Manager, The Joyce Foundation
  • Dan Probst, Chairman Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Marcia Rubenstein, Principal, Sight on Site, LLC
  • Pete Scarpelli, VP, Global Leader of Energy Services, CB Richard Ellis
  • Craig Sieben, Founder and President, Sieben Energy Associates
  • Natalie Stanley, Assistant Vice President, MB Real Estate
  • Tom Villanova, President, Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Doug Weidner, Executive Director, US Green Building Council/Illinois
  • Evan Williams, Vice President for Government Affairs, Mechanical Contractors Association


  •   Daniel Seligman, Senior Advisor, Energy Future Coalition


Value-Added, Energy-Smart Symposium Videos







Related Links:

> Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge

> JumpStart Chicago

> Rebuilding America


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