MASS. - Despite the explosion in the use of digital information, the
legal industry continues to consume too much paper. As a profession,
far too many lawyers believe that more words are better and that
everything must be printed multiple times just in case. In an effort to
change this behavior and reduce its carbon footprint, Boston-based
Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C. (TBHR) recently implemented a
sustainability program developed with Boston Redevelopment Authority
(BRA) and Mass Department of Environmental (DEP)’s Sustainable Business
Leader Program (SBLP).
TBHR’s program was developed as a result of SBLP’s
comprehensive audit, which focused on six key areas: waste reduction,
water and energy conservation, transportation solutions, pollution
prevention, and staff education. The Firm created a “Green Team” of
attorneys and staff to develop achievable changes to challenge all
personnel to take a moment to think before they consume.
Says Michael Radin, an attorney with the Firm and Green
Team member, “Our firm culture is rooted in an appreciation of the
interdependencies of what each of us does. If we want to have a good
tomorrow, each of us needs to act for it today.”
“When the program opened to us, we jumped on the
opportunity,” says Jennifer A. Civitella Hilario, an associate who like
many of her co-workers tries in her personal life to reuse, recycle
and reduce waste. “Applying my own personal conservation practices at
the office helps me to get an entire organization to consume less – I
Some of the steps TBHR has taken include electrical
energy management and water and kitchen paper use reduction. “I much
prefer using a mug given to us by one of our clients,” adds Radin
“What’s been an enlightening part about this process is
the need to educate others on the lots of little things we can do that
together have a huge impact,” said Civitella Hilario. “Thanks to SBLP
and our Green Team, we’re a greener company and have a group in place
actively looking for ways to improve the efficiency of our energy
As part of the SLBP audit, TBHR engaged with its
landlord Boston Properties which itself has a team of professionals
working to get tenants focused on ways to be more efficient and less
wasteful. “Working with Boston Properties was fabulous – they really
reached out to us and together we are planning to approach our entire
building to get other tenants involved,” adds Civitella Hilario.
The SBLP was formed in 2008 via collaboration between
the DEP and the BRA. SLBP has worked with more than 60 businesses to
become sustainable leaders in the community. Each business completes
SBLP’s rigorous assessment and receives personalized technical
assistance over a six-month period before becoming eligible for the
Sustainable Business Leader status.
For more information on the SBLP, visit http://www.sustainablebusinessleader.org.
About Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C.
Formed in 1991, Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C.
is committed to providing high quality, comprehensive legal services to
its clients. Featuring a breadth and depth of experience and
perspective usually found only at larger law firms, Tarlow, Breed, Hart
& Rodgers. P.C. offers sophisticated legal counsel to
entrepreneurs, businesses, individuals, families, and institutions.
Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers’ areas of expertise
include corporate law, employment matters, mergers and acquisitions,
litigation and dispute resolution, estate planning, taxation, real
estate, bankruptcy, and municipal law.
The offices of Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C.
are located at 101 Huntington Avenue, Prudential Center, in Boston, MA
02199. For additional information, or to arrange for a consultation,
please call (617) 218-2000, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.tbhr-law.com.