July 20, 2016 – For the second year in a row, Davis Wright Tremaine has been recognized by the Oregon State Bar Future Section as a "Partner in Sustainability." The Section created the "Partners in Sustainability Program" in 2012 in order to encourage law firms of all sizes to adopt sustainable office practices and to honor those firms that satisfy the Section’s criteria for sustainable office practices.
The Program’s criteria for designation as a "Partner in Sustainability" require that the law firm adopt an office sustainability policy, implement an internal education program and energy and water conservation measures, and utilize, where possible, power produced from other than fossil fuel generation. The Program also has criteria related to paper management, energy and water reduction, waste and toxics reduction, transportation energy reduction, and local purchasing.
DWT’s Portland office has implemented several initiatives to improve our sustainability and reduce our impact on the environment. These efforts include:
- Purchasing Energy Star Certified appliances, configuring computers to turn off after a period of inactivity, and instructing employees to turn off computers and lights to save energy at the end of each day.
- Office policies that require double-sided printing when possible, the purchasing of 100% recycled paper, and other measures to reduce paper usage.
- Stocking break rooms and kitchens with reusable cups, glasses and utensils and replacing individual items like cream and sugar packets with bulk product orders that are distributed accordingly. We purchase goods and services from vendors with the goal of minimizing disposables and maximizing recyclable content.
- Reducing our carbon footprint by subsidizing mass transit commutes and providing secure bike storage and showers to encourage car-less commuting.
- Educational events and outreach within the firm on various subjects including bicycle maintenance and water wise gardening.
Davis Wright Tremaine recognizes that no effort is too small, and that we can all take "baby steps" to reduce our ecological footprint. We are proud to partner with Oregon State Bar to help create a more sustainable world, within the legal community and beyond.