Many corporate energy and sustainability programs have achieved successful energy, carbon, and cost reductions, but what do some of the best-in-class programs have in common? JLL’s Energy Services group works with various Fortune 500 clients who lead some of the top energy management programs nationally and globally. This session will share some of the key program aspects that drive results, successful processes and strategies, and considerations for any business looking to build or improve its energy management program.
Most successful programs follow ISO 50001 or similar guidance and start with measuring baselines, benchmarking, and setting goals while establishing metrics for tracking performance. Next, strategic planning efforts are used to layout initiatives over the short and long-term. Program engagement throughout various business units and real estate groups is critical to success and can be achieved in a number of ways. Lastly, building a transformative program requires investment in innovation and willingness to take some risks with appropriate communication and change management along the way.
Jennifer Fortenberry, PE, CEM, LEEP AP BD+C
VP, Regional Energy Director
JLL Energy Services
Jennifer Fortenberry is the East Region Energy Director with Jones Lang LaSalle’s Energy Services group. In this role, she is responsible for service delivery in the region and assisting Portfolio Energy Managers in executing energy management and sustainability programs for various clients to reduce energy and water usage and cost. These programs include energy procurement and alternative energy evaluations, benchmarking and goal setting, identification of energy saving opportunities, investigation into new technologies, as well as the coordination of demand side management projects and sustainability initiatives for client portfolios. Jennifer also oversees JLL’s Energy Audit and Retrocommissioning service for the Americas and the utility rebate management service UtiliCapture.
Jennifer joined JLL in May 2013 and managed energy and sustainability programs for Duke Energy’s real estate portfolio, totaling over 13 million square feet across the utility’s service territory. These facilities include office, telecommunications, light industrial, energy distribution and transmission control centers, and mission critical data centers. In 2015, Jennifer also created an energy management program for a portion of Univision’s real estate portfolio, which was predominantly TV and radio production centers with supporting office space and critical transmission equipment space.
Prior to joining JLL, Ms. Fortenberry was an energy engineer and project manager at Facility Strategies Group, a national strategic energy engineering and consulting firm. She was responsible for the planning and execution of energy retrofit programs including audits, design/specification, system commissioning, and M&V for commercial, high-rise residential and educational facilities. Jennifer has also served as the lead Commissioning Authority to conduct fundamental and enhanced commissioning on several LEED-NC Gold certified projects.
Education and Affiliations
Ms. Fortenberry is a Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, and LEED AP for the Building Design and Construction rating system. In conjunction with her responsibilities at JLL, Jennifer serves on the City of Belmont Environmental Sustainability Board and served as Board Chair for the local non-profit organization Sustain Charlotte in 2015-2016 where she worked to inspire more informed choices that lead to a more sustainable future. Jennifer graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics. She also received a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.