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Sustainability

"Alston & Bird is dedicated to sustainability in all of its forms. Our long-standing culture of commitment to our people, our communities and our environment is reflected in the practices and policies we have implemented throughout all firm operations to not only conserve resources and minimize our carbon footprint, but improve the health and welfare of those with whom we live and work."

Peter E. Masaitis
Chair, Sustainability Committee


Alston & Bird’s Commitment to
Sustainability

While sustainability involves improving energy efficiency and reducing our environmental footprint, it also encompasses more broadly our firm's relationship with its people and communities, and our collective role in maintaining the long-term viability of both.

Alston & Bird’s firm-wide Sustainability Committee provides leadership, structure and accountability to our environmental initiatives. The committee oversees firm policies and practices designed to reduce our footprint on the environment, promotes initiatives that have a positive impact on our local and global communities, and provides a platform for communication between attorneys and staff regarding these critical issues.

A key component of the firm’s Sustainability efforts focuses on our Personal Sustainability Project (PSP). Through the Personal Sustainability Project, individuals are invited to voluntarily engage with sustainability at a personal level by making PSP commitments designed to improve personal health, conserve natural resources and mitigate pressures on our environment. These commitments are communicated throughout the firm as a means to promote dialogue and a broader awareness of these important issues. Over time the incremental efforts of hundreds of individual employees can result in significant achievements.

Professional Sustainability Services

Environmental issues increasingly affect business and industry in new and dramatic ways, presenting enormous challenges and opportunities to our clients. Alston & Bird's Energy, Environmental & Land Development practices present a world-class cross functional team consisting of more than 100 attorney and non-attorney specialists with market-leading expertise on the issues that have become among the most important in the world. (click here for more)

Climate Change and Carbon Management 
Energy: Project Development & Finance
Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability
Chemical & Product Regulation
Environment and Land Development
Real Estate 
Legislative & Public Policy
Construction 

Blogs

Climate Change and Carbon Management blog
Carbon, the newest worldwide commodity, and climate change are topics of keen interest across a broad spectrum of industries. The lawyers of Alston & Bird’s climate change and carbon management practice conveniently collect for your use information on interesting developments in this area. 

Environmental and Land Development blog
Focuses on key environmental compliance, litigation and land development issues. Our lawyers are experienced, creative and credentialed and have a proven record of tackling these issues, supporting a range of businesses and industries across the country.  

Affiliations

Alston & Bird is one of the founding firms of the Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN). Founded in August 2011, LSFM is a nonprofit organization of law firms and legal departments committed to promoting the benefits of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility throughout the legal industry. As a founding firm, Alston & Bird serves on the Leadership Council of the organization, and partner Peter Masaitis has been appointed president.

Alston & Bird has joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership through our purchase of Renewable Energy Credits. The EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.