Green Office Initiative
In keeping with our values, O’Melveny is committed to helping the community it serves protect and enhance the environment. Through our Green Office Initiative, we focus on conserving resources and reducing the carbon footprint of our 15 offices around the globe.
Based on the work of a committee that includes lawyers and staff from all offices, our initiative is a success. O’Melveny is among the first law firms to achieve compliance with the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge Best Paper Practices program. All our US offices meet the program’s goals, including recycling 90 percent of all paper waste and using paper that contains at least 30 percent post-consumer recycled content. Our London office exceeds these goals and uses 100 percent recycled paper, and our Brussels office was recognized as an “Ecodynamique Company” and awarded two stars by IBGE (Institut Bruxellois de la Gestion de l’Environnement).
The greening of our practice also includes initiatives unique to each office, such as those related to energy conservation, recycling, waste reduction, increased use of public transportation, and community efforts to support sustainable use of natural resources. All of O’Melveny’s offices are implementing customized Green Office projects and conducting educational programs for lawyers and staff. For example, our San Francisco office space, which opened in September 2008, received Gold certification under the US Green Building Council’s LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™. With this distinction, O’Melveny became the first law firm to receive Gold certification—the next-to-highest rating possible in the LEED scale—for renovated space in an existing building. The LEED Green Building rating system is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Our New York office is a trailblazer among New York businesses in its use of wind power—100% of the office's needs are met by wind power—and was one of 12 businesses honored by ConEdison Solutions as "green pioneers" at a ceremony the company hosted in observance of Earth Day. In addition to its use of wind power, the New York office is a Green Power Partner, Energy Star Partner, and WasteWise Partner under the ABA-EPA Climate Challenge. And our London office has achieved EcoPerspective's Green Environmental Standard status.
In addition to our internal efforts, the Firm has embarked on a program of charitable contributions to reduce its carbon footprint. We proud to support organizations like the Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit organization that leads efforts to certify sustainable forestry land use and business practices. We also work with the Alliance on numerous pro bono projects, including international policy affecting the use of forests and carbon sequestration to create carbon credits.
O’Melveny is committed to sustainable practices, proud of its recent accomplishments, and excited about our plans for the future. We look forward to even greater accomplishments, and to collaborating with our clients and communities to act as diligent stewards of our shared environment.