Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007
MBA to distribute Lawyers Environmental Pledge and publish Green Guidelines in the new year
In the New Year, the Massachusetts Bar Association will encourage law firms throughout the state to sign the MBA Lawyers Environmental Pledge to use the MBA Green Guidelines in developing environmentally sustainable practices.
The MBA’s Energy and Environment Task Force, a group of more than a dozen attorneys, has written the pledge and compiled the guidelines, which focus on eight core areas of sustainability: energy conservation, paper reduction, recycling, greenhouse gas reduction, environmentally conscious purchases, sustainable practices, education and support for environmental conservation.
The MBA is partnering with the Conservation Law Foundation, New England’s leading legal advocacy organization working to protect the region’s environment, to offer the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge.
The task force is co-chaired by Nancy B. Reiner, a partner at Brown Rudnick in Boston, and Susan M. Reid, a CLF staff attorney and director of the CLF Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Change Initiative.
MBA president David W. White Jr. unveiled the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge in September, when he took office for the MBA’s 2007-08 association year, and later formed the task force. The initiative urges lawyers to change the way they think and act while conducting business in order to conserve energy and resources.
For more information, visit the Eco-Challenge Web site.
The pledge and guidelines will be available in early January at www.massbar.org/ecopledge.