The day-to-day practice of law has significant environmental impacts. The legal profession uses enormous amounts of paper, energy, water and other natural resources, and generates a vast stream of waste products. The consumption of natural resources and its associated waste stream has a substantial impact on climate change and environmental quality, and has a significant impact on the quality of life for present and future generations. Additionally, implicit in the concept of sustainability is the notion that using fewer resources such as paper and energy will lower the costs of legal services, thereby making these services more affordable and accessible to clients.
The Environmental Law Executive Committee encourages you to sign the Eco Pledge, review the Model Law Office Sustainability Guidelines and share it with your colleagues.
The California Lawyers Association recognizes that environmental protection, climate change and related environmental and social issues are urgent problems that require action. The solution to these problems must include efforts by individuals, businesses and organizations – including the legal profession – to reduce their environmental impacts.
ELS ECO-PLEDGE LIST