Doing right by our communities means taking care of the natural environment and resources we all share. It means being thoughtful about how our business practices impact those around us, not just today, but for future generations. At O’Melveny, we take that to heart. That’s why we launched our Green Office Initiative (GOI)—a focused effort to conserve resources and reduce the environmental footprint of each of our global offices.

GOI Impact

Our GOI, now in its twelfth year, is a commitment by our people to best practices for environmental and energy stewardship in our offices and communities around the globe. We were among the first firms to join the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and American Bar Association’s Climate Challenge, conforming to requirements for paper use, waste management, and energy conservation under the EPA’s Energy Star Program. We also perform regular audits of our larger offices against ISO 14001 and 5001 benchmarks, including evaluation of our carbon footprint. A few examples of our GOI efforts include:
  • LEED certification of 71% of our US offices, including Platinum LEED certification of our Century City and Los Angeles offices and Gold LEED certification of our San Francisco and Washington DC offices 
  • Procurement of renewable energy, including 100% wind power for our New York office
  • Support for use of mass transit, car pool, and bicycle commutation
  • Procurement of energy-efficient products and services, including LED lighting, “time out” sensors, and hibernating mode computers and printers
  • Flow controlled water utilities
  • Composting of food wastes
  • Installation of water cooler systems in office kitchens to replace use of bottled water

Green Collaborations

Our office GOI teams regularly participate in community conservation efforts and many of our pro bono services are provided to environmental and conservation organizations or nonprofits in need of guidance on environmental issues such as:

  • Oceana
  • Rainforest Alliance
  • Riverkeeper
  • The World Is Your Dumpster
  • Hydrous
  • Accountability Counsel
  • Viva con Agua
  • Nature Conservancy
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Grzimek's Help for Threatened Wildlife, Inc.
  • Sempervirens Fund
  • Greenburgh Nature Center
  • ACLU
  • Humane Society