Our Green Initiative
Squire Sanders strives to incorporate sustainability into the design and functioning of our offices and encourages conscientious use of resources. To that end, our offices around the world have developed ongoing green programs and policies. From reducing the amount of paper used in our copiers and printers to eliminating nonrecyclable products from our kitchens, and from encouraging the use of public transportation and videoconferencing to conserving energy within our offices, we are working together to minimize any negative environmental impact from our daily operations.
We have also been satisfying requests from clients to calculate our carbon footprint for work on their matters. We endeavor to ensure uniformity of methodology when responding to inquiries of this nature.
Our efforts to conserve resources include working with building management to install sensor lights in offices, workrooms and restrooms, and to replace existing light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs. We have also replaced many CRT monitors with LCD monitors. Many of our offices offer staff incentives to use public transportation and provide on-premises bike racks. We also utilize videoconferencing whenever possible to reduce travel emissions. In our kitchens, we are replacing nonrenewable products with paper and recyclable plastics, as well as eliminating bottled water.
We endeavor to reduce our paper consumption by using email instead of paper whenever possible, employing double-sided printing and repurposing used paper for notes. In some offices, water tanks are provided for employees to reduce the number of plastic bottles wasted, and every effort is made to buy only environmentally friendly products.
Our offices around the globe are consistent in their commitment to recycling. We provide recycling bins in workspaces and next to printers and photocopiers for paper as well as in kitchen areas for cans and bottles. We also recycle toner cartridges and are diligent about purchasing recycled copy paper and remanufactured cartridges. We recycle old computers and printers or sell them to staff, and recycle used nonconfidential paper documents or give them to local schools for repurposing. Harvard Law School recognized our commitment to sustainability and responsible environmental practices through our participation in the Green Early Interviewing Program (EIP).
For our office construction and renovation projects, we utilize the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program guidelines for the selection of building materials and furnishings. We have eight offices located in LEED certified buildings: Cleveland, Columbus, Miami, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Warsaw and Washington DC. Additionally, the builds of our Columbus, Phoenix and San Francisco offices received prestigious LEED Gold recognition for their efficient and environmentally sound design, and corresponding use of sustainable materials and construction techniques.
Individual offices have created teams of green advocates, including different levels of staff, management and lawyers, to implement changes and build enthusiasm for our green initiative. Examples of our sustainability efforts
- Reusing water left after meetings to water plants.
- Using recycled copy paper in addition to copy paper from sustainable forests for more than 15 years.
- Replacing all Styrofoam products in office kitchens with paper, recyclable and reusable products.
- Planting trees annually to further contribute to the effort to reduce carbon dioxide buildup and absorb pollution.
- Promoting local sustainability efforts like community gardens, buying local foods and neighborhood recycling programs.
- Employing messenger services that use bicycles instead of motorized vehicles.