In the News August 5, 2013

Renewable Energy Credits Match Fifty Percent of Alston & Bird’s Electricity Use

Alston & Bird is proud to announce that it has matched 50 percent of its firmwide annual electricity use with 5,102,000 kilowatt-hours of Sterling Wind™ renewable energy. The firm’s purchase of these renewable energy credits (RECs) guarantees that an equal amount of renewable energy is delivered to the electric grid and provides additional revenue to help keep existing renewable energy projects operational, while also growing renewable energy markets.

The environmental benefits of Alston & Bird’s purchase of RECs include the avoidance of an estimated 7,936,059 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions (comparable to 444 U.S households’ electricity use for one year) and greenhouse gases (comparable to taking 768 personal vehicles off U.S. roads for a year). From an economic viewpoint, renewable energy generators support local economies, create jobs, use native resources and localize electricity production.

“Alston & Bird’s purchase of RECs is another way for the firm to demonstrate its long-term commitment to sustainability,” said Peter Masaitis, chair of Alston’s Sustainability Committee and a litigation partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Alston & Bird’s firmwide Sustainability Committee provides leadership, structure and accountability to our environmental initiatives. The committee oversees firm policies and practices designed to reduce Alston & Bird’s 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. Peter was also recently elected president of the Law Firm Sustainability Network, an organization of law firms dedicated to improving sustainability across the legal sector, which Alston & Bird helped found.

Sterling Planet is an environmental energy company based in Georgia that is focused on leading the migration to affordable renewable energy choices.
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