Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, May. 13, 2010
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Reduce emissions by becoming a member of the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge's Carbonrally team

The Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Eco-Challenge has joined Carbonrally, an online community where teams complete challenges that result in a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. The MBA urges lawyers and firms across Massachusetts to join the Eco-Challenge team as a way to invigorate energy conservation.

"CarbonRally is a fun, easy way for Massachusetts attorneys to keep track of the ways they are reducing their energy consumption," said Nancy B. Reiner, co-chair of the Energy and Environment Task Force, which oversees the Eco-Challenge.

"From agreeing to cut back on office paper use, to committing to utilize reusable bottles and containers, lawyers can choose the level of participation that makes the most sense for their situation," said Reiner, executive director of Counsel on Call in Boston.

Carbonrally, created in Massachusetts, proposes challenges for its teams to participate in, and enables individuals to suggest new  challenges. Working on an honor system, the site tallies each teams' total reduction in carbon dioxide emissions based on the challenges each agree to participate in and complete.

"By joining our team, lawyers can choose challenges that abide by the tenants of the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge and its Green Guidelines," Susan Reid, senior attorney and director of the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Change Initiative for the Conservation Law Foundation, which partnered with the MBA in 2007 to launch the Lawyers Eco-Challenge. "We hope that by joining our team the legal community in Massachusetts will be energized to consider new ways of being Earth conscious."

There are currently more than 1,000 Carbonrally teams worldwide encompassing dozens of companies including Boston University, Intel, Google and NBC.

For more information on the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge, visit www.massbar.org/ecochallenge.

To visit the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge Carbonrally team, visit www.carbonrally.com/teams/1027.

Since the 2007 launch of the Eco-Challenge, the MBA and CLF have issued the MBA Lawyers Environmental Pledge, and published Green Guidelines for the office, home and landscaping. More than 100 firms, attorneys or organizations throughout the state have joined to become Pledge Partners.

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