The green law firm is apparently all the rage. Well, at least for those located in Washington, D.C., where a number of firms have recently gone small in an attempt to go green.
Large firms like Squire Sanders & Dempsey and McDermott Will & Emery are moving into newly built LEED-certified construction. They're turning to natural lighting, bamboo cabinets and recycled flooring. And they're saving a lot of money doing it.
And so can you.
LEED is a green building certification system that rates overall construction, interior design and maintenance. Working in a LEED office increases your enviro-cred, which may be a big hit with the clients.
The movement is particularly big in D.C., Boston, New York, San Francisco and Chicago, according to the Washington Post. But even if you practice elsewhere, you can still get in on the trend.
If your office is not located in a LEED building, your office itself can still be certified under the commercial interiors program. Certification is given to those who have gone green in the areas of water efficiency, lighting, energy use, recycling, transportation and office supplies.
Moving to a smaller, more efficient office also helps. In fact, Squire Sanders saves about $2 to $3 per square foot, according to the Post. The law firm has both downsized and gone LEED.
Being a green law firm contributes to both your reputation and savings. You can go half way or all the way, but you should consider taking some steps in the green direction.
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