Tools for the Sustainable Law Office


To promote sustainable office practices, the Center has created six tools for use in a law office setting. Additionally, annotated versions of selected checklists and supplemental materials are available for education of office personnel.

Model Office Sustainability Policy.  A key element in any office initiative is a sustainability policy adopted by the management team. The policy states the intent of the office photo_trash_cans295-246.JPGto operate in a sustainable manner and delineates specific steps to be taken to accomplish that goal.

Sustainable Practices in the Office.  The day-to-day operations of an office have an impact on the natural world. This checklist assists in assessing its current practices and in considering new practices that might be adopted. For additional details, see the annotated list.

Lunch Vendor Guidelines. Lunch meetings impact Earth in many ways with excess packaging and the choice of food being major factors. These guidelines can be used to develop a list of preferred, sustainable lunch vendors.

Guidelines for
Planning Green Events, Offsite Meetings, & Retreats Many offices hold meetings offsite.  The practices of the offsite facility managers can have a major impact on the natural world. These guidelines can be used in planning green events, offsite meetings, and retreats.

Guidelines for Tenant Improvements.  Tenant improvements and other interior modification of space are a continual issue for many offices. The manufacture and supply of building products and the disposition of construction debris have a major impact on the natural world. For additional details, see the annotated tenant improvements checklist for use by office personnel.
Guidelines for Sustainable Practices for the Building Manager.  Most offices occupy rented space maintained by a building manager handling matters such as lighting, heating/cooling systems, and janitorial supplies. Practices of the building manager have a major impact on the natural world. These guidelines can be used for discussions with the building manager and, if the office owns the building, for personnel with responsibilities for facilities.  For additional information, see the annotated checklist.