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Arnold & Porter Adopts Green Office Policy

March 12, 2007

Washington , D.C. , March 12, 2007 - Arnold & Porter LLP announced today the adoption of a firmwide Green Office policy that focuses on resource conservation and sustainable business practices.  The policy lays out a plan to reduce resource consumption internationally in all of Arnold & Porter's offices, focusing initially on specific measures to address paper, energy and transportation.

As part of the initiative, Arnold & Porter has closely collaborated with members of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources ("SEER") and officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the development of an Eco Challenge policy.  The Eco Challenge is designed to encourage law firms to take simple, practical steps to become better environmental and energy stewards. 

"We believe that implementing our own sustainability program is an important aspect of being a socially responsible law firm," said Arnold & Porter Chair Thomas Milch.  "Many of our clients are taking affirmative steps to conserve energy and resources.  We want to match those efforts with our own plan for waste reduction and energy conservation."

Partner and head of the Green Office Initiative Project at Arnold & Porter, Jonathan Martel, noted, "We are proud to be engaged in this collective effort to promote environmental stewardship.  We have worked hard with the ABA and the EPA to establish a sustainability model in the legal community.  In the development of our own program, we also have collaborated with key organizations that seek to promote sustainable business practices, including the H. John Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment and the Northwest Earth Institute." 

The firm is further reducing paper consumption by using recycled paper for printing, copying, holiday cards and cleaning/bathroom paper products; converting internal distribution of reports, faxes, newsletters and bulletins from hard copy to electronic; and changing the default settings on printers to two-sided, so that half as much paper will be needed.  Electronic distribution of internal documents alone will save the firm approximately 350,000 sheets of paper per year, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions.  In addition, the firm is reducing toner settings on all printers and currently recycles its used toner cartridges. 

In the area of energy conservation, Arnold & Porter's Washington, D.C. office is already "Energy Star" rated.  Energy Star is a joint program of the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy helping businesses and homeowners save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.  Energy Star products in the Washington, D.C. office include such items as Compact Florescent Light bulb replacements, duplex printers and automatic "sleep" mode on printers and photocopy machines.  The firm has committed to buy Energy Star office equipment whenever possible.

In the area of transportation, Arnold & Porter will purchase, at the firm's expense, carbon offsets for firm-arranged business air travel, including travel on client business.  This means that funds will go to greenhouse gas-reducing projects.  Firm management already encourages employees to use environmentally sound methods of transportation and participate in the "Metrochek" program, a pre-tax transportation deduction for public transportation.  In the firm's Washington, D.C. office -- and other offices where possible -- the firm will work with its building managers to provide air pumps in employee parking facilities, to ensure proper inflation of tires, which will improve both fuel economy and safety.

An integral part of the Green Office initiative at Arnold & Porter is an internal communication program.  The firm will educate personnel about the steps they can take to conserve resources.  Efforts will include firmwide notices, communications from management, and the integration of resource conservation material into the firm's training program.  The firm will also continue our efforts to explore a range of additional options to promote resource conservation and environmental stewardship.

In addition to its Green Office initiative, Arnold & Porter has long represented environmental groups in a pro bono capacity in activities relating to recycling and waste reduction, and its attorneys are active writers and lecturers on global climate change issues.  The firm has environmental expertise in its Washington, D.C., New York, Denver and Los Angeles offices.  

Arnold & Porter LLP is an international law firm of approximately 600 attorneys with offices in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, London, and Brussels.  Founded in 1946, the firm maintains more than 25 practice areas spanning a broad spectrum of the law, with a primary focus on litigation, transactional matters, and regulatory issues.

 

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