Staying Sustainable & Safe During the Pandemic
Curious how you can continue living sustainably during the COVID-19 pandemic? The Environmental Law Section has compiled the following resources to help you safely continue your sustainable practices during the pandemic:
- Reusable beverage cups and food ware remain safe – just be sure to wash in hot soapy water, and preferably in a dishwasher! Learn more from Upstream Solutions here.
- Reusable shopping bags are still safe to use during the pandemic. If reusable bags aren’t currently allowed at a location, consider asking for your purchases to be placed back in your cart so you can put them in your reusable bag outside the store; and always be sure to wash your bags after each use outside your home! Learn additional best practices from plastic pollution policy expert Jennie Romer here.
- Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for local produce and food products. CSAs offer direct-to-consumer and often organically grown produce from local farms and may offer items such as eggs, honey, nuts, and more. Many offer delivery or can coordinate safe, non-contact pickups, which is helpful during this time of social distancing. Click here to locate a CSA near you.
- With proper precautions, you can continue buying bulk items and visiting refillary shops. Learn more from the Surfrider Foundation here.
- While spending so much time at home, now is a perfect time to do some gardening and spruce up your backyard. Tree People offers these DIY sustainable landscaping resources, from “how to plant a tree” to “how to install a rain tank.” No yard space? Window boxes are also a perfect opportunity to grow some herbs or flowers and brighten up your space, or try your hand at indoor vertical gardening (companies like Gardyn can provide needed supplies).
- Prevent food waste. Learn how to maximize the shelf life of your food with this resource from Natural Resources Defense Council.
Voluntary Eco-pledge And Voluntary Law Office Sustainability Policy
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.
Email environmental@CAlawyers.org to participate.
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
- Best Best & Krieger LLP
- Bick Law Group
- Bowler & Associates
- Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
- Caldwell, Leslie & Proctor, PC
- Catherine Law
- Charon Law, SP
- Chatten – Brown & Carstens LLP
- Coast Law Group LLP
- Family Assets Planning, a practice of Law
- Gerald Glazer
- Golden State Law Group, P.C.
- Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP
- Holland & Knight
- Holman Kaye Law Group
- Joseph D. Bussone, Attorney at Law
- Karen A. Lapinski, Attorney
- Law Office of Angela R. Pickett
- Law Office of Cyndy Day-Wilson
- Law Office of Daniela Romero, APLC
- Law Office of Jeffrey S. Alford
- Law Office of Petra Korn
- Law Office of Roger Franklin
- Law Office of Ryan T. Carrere
- Law Office of William R. Frank
- Law Offices of Elidia C. Dostal
- Law Offices of James Birkelund
- Law Offices of John Ota
- Law Offices of Marcela B. Knaup
- Law Offices of Rosemary Metrailer
- Lesli M. Hogan, Attorney at Law
- Monchamp Meldrum LLP
- Moscone Emblidge & Sater LLP
- Nadia V. Holober, Attorney at Law
- Office of Chief Counsel, State Water Resources Control Board
- Paladin Law Group LLP
- PC Law Group
- Perry IP Group A.L.C.
- Rodrigo Law Firm
- Rossmann and Moore, LLP
- San Diego City Attorney’s Office
- Shiraz Law Group
- Shute Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP
- Soluri Meserve, A Law Corporation
- State Water Resources Control Board
- Sunrider International, Legal Department
- The Law Office of Eric S. Gullotta
- The Sohagi Law Group, PLC
- Unique Law
- Vokshori Law Group
- Wactor & Wick LLP
- Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean