Green is the New Black – Best Practices Tips.

Marni MacLeod

Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability continues to gain traction as a viable and necessary tool to attract clients, make your practice more cost efficient and do your bit to combat climate change.  Nothing like a win-win-win to start off the work week.  The July/August issue of Law Practice magazine (an ABA Law Practice Management Section publication) features a bullet point guide to “Going Green to Stay in the Black.” (page 9 for those of you who subscribe).  The quick and dirty (Er…make that clean) checklist is pulled from the Meritas Leadership Institutes’ “Green Guide for Lawyers” – a download the group released last year. The Guide was developed as a best practices resource for lawyers seeking certification under the ABA-EPA’s Law Office Climate Challenge.

We have our own initiatives here in BC.  Several of the bigger Vancouver firms (Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP and Clark Wilson LLP) have put themselves at the forefront of capitalizing on green leadership by adopting formal sustainability policies and initiatives.

Clark Wilson, for example,  is participating in a Climate Smart Case Study (complete with YouTube video and Office Supply “Amnesties”).  Their spokes-lawyers, Peter Tolensky and Michal Jaworski provide a practical endorsement for the business case behind developing a green strategy. Moreover, their easy to implement initiatives will hopefully inspire other BC firms (big and small) to get creative about shrinking their carbon footprints.

The point that you don’t have to be “big” to make a difference is ably demonstrated by sole practitioner Barbara Day Sort, who shares some of her green practice tips in a recent letter to the Canadian Bar Association.

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