Sustainable Law Office
Welcome to the ABA site that will help you lower your operating costs while conserving precious natural resources. The site is intended to act as an on-line community providing useful tips, an array of contacts and current information to help you succeed in running a "sustainable" law office. This site will be interactive: we not only want to help you, but we also want to hear from you and about you. In the coming months we will add features that will promote interactivity.
WHAT THIS SITE IS ABOUT
"Pro bono service to the environment" is how the Law Firm Waste Reduction Network in Seattle, Washington characterizes law office practices that reduce waste and energy usage and conserve resources . But by minimizing your impact on the environment, your office also will reap savings - in costs of heating, cooling, lighting, equipment operation, and purchase of supplies, among other areas. Employee morale should improve. Your public profile will shine brighter as well.
Why Bother? The legal profession uses enormous amounts of resources, especially paper. With minimal attention to conservation, the practice of law remains inefficient. Heavy use of resources is inconsistent with a sustainable future in which adequate, healthy resources are preserved for future generations. Land use, forestry, air and water quality - all are affected adversely.
Regardless of size, any law office - whether a private firm, non-profit, government agency or law school clinic - can take steps to reduce energy use and waste, thus creating less to be disposed of in landfills, less to be manufactured in the first place and less demand for energy production with its environmental impacts. Strategies range from simple paper recycling to comprehensive replacement of lighting and HVAC systems. While some strategies are more realistically available to building owners, tenants have numerous options for savings. Many organizations stand ready to assist - with guidelines, case studies, hotlines and more. All you have to do is ask .
This web site will get you started with some key strategies to reduce your operating costs and minimize your office's environmental impacts. Along the way we feature real-life examples, offer telling statistics, and explode a few myths. We hope that this resource will help you take the first step or support you on a path you have begun. Both your business and the environment will benefit.
Energy-efficiency, waste reduction, re-use and recycling go right to your bottom line
by substantially reducing operating costs.