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.
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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 is in his third year as 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.
Alston & Bird LLP became a member of the EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club in 2014 by purchasing 50% of its electrical power, firm-wide, from wind farms. In 2015, A&B again purchased Renewable Energy Credits offsetting 50% of its electricity consumption, qualifying it to join an elite group of Green Power Partners who are demonstrating exemplary environmental leadership. A&B is committed to sustainability in all of its forms and appreciates the EPA’s recognition of its efforts.
Alston & Bird’s Atlanta office is the recipient of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for environmental sustainability. LEED certification is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is the group’s leading rating system for the world's greenest buildings that incorporate environmentally friendly and energy efficient practices. The firm’s LEED Gold certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the office itself and the broader community. These features include: enhanced HVAC controllability to reduce energy consumption and increase personal comfort; occupancy sensors for lighting efficiency and the low-mercury nature of the systems; furniture that meets USGBC's standards for sustainable content; recycled content throughout the construction of the space; and the use of low VOC materials such as paints, coatings, furniture and seating, among many other features.