Three Eco-Challenge firms honored for green practices

Issue July/August 2009 By Jennifer Rosinski

Three law firms that participate in the Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Eco-Challenge were honored for their environmentally friendly practices at a ceremony on May 21. The presentation followed the House of Delegates meeting at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

MBA President Edward W. McIntyre awarded the honors to the following firms: Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, Boston; Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston; and The Law Offices of Sean Cleary, Amherst.

All three firms have signed the Lawyers Environmental Pledge to participate in the Eco-Challenge. They were selected for the honor by the MBA Energy and Environment Task Force.

The MBA launched the Eco-Challenge in September 2007. The MBA and its partner, the Conservation Law Foundation, have so far released two editions of Green Guidelines: "Office Management" in 2008 and "Landscape Management" in 2009.

Nearly 100 firms, attorneys or organizations have signed the MBA Lawyers Environmental Pledge to join the Eco-Challenge. There are also Pledge Partners outside of traditional law firms and the state of Massachusetts.