Doing right by our communities means taking care of the natural environment and resources we all share. Our Green Office Initiative (GOI), founded more than a decade ago, reflects our commitment to follow best practices for environmental and energy stewardship in our offices and communities around the globe.

Our GOI is driven by a firmwide green committee and executed by local green committees in collaboration with the Law Firm Sustainability Network, of which we are a member. We were among the first firms to join the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and American Bar Association’s Climate Challenge, conforming to best practices for paper use, waste management, and energy conservation under the EPA’s Energy Star Program. Additional examples of our GOI efforts include:

  • Procurement of renewable energy, including 100% wind power for our New York office
  • LEED certification of 85% of our US offices, including platinum certification of our Century City and Los Angeles offices
  • Support for use of mass transit, carpool, and bicycle commuting
  • Procurement of energy-efficient products and services
  • Reduced air travel and optimization of teleconferencing
  • Flow-controlled water utilities and installation of water cooler systems to replace use of bottled water
  • A multi-disciplinary partner committee that regularly considers best diligence and documentation practices for our clients

Green Collaborations

Our office GOI teams regularly participate in community conservation and environmental stewardship efforts. Additionally, our firm provides pro bono services to environmental and conservation organizations and nonprofits, including:

  • Accountability Counsel
  • ACLU
  • Greenburgh Nature Center (Scarsdale, NY)
  • Grzimek's Help for Threatened Wildlife, Inc. (Frankfurt, Germany)
  • Humane Society
  • Hydrous (Sausalito, CA)
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Oceana
  • Rainforest Alliance
  • Riverkeeper
  • Sempervirens Fund (Los Altos, CA)
  • The World Is Your Dumpster
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Viva con Agua (Hamburg-St. Pauli, Germany)
  • Wine to Water
  • World Wildlife Fund