Tucker Ellis maintains a strong commitment to the environment that encompasses both eco-friendly business practices and community-oriented green initiatives. Because we believe that taking care of our planet is everyone’s responsibility, we are proud to take a leading role in demonstrating how companies and employees can affect change.
Long at the forefront of corporate environmental efforts, we were the first law firm in Cleveland to receive the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's (CMBA) Green Certification Award. Achieving this distinction required us to quantify our success in implementing recycling programs, reducing energy and paper use, and encouraging environmental responsibility among our staff members. Our efforts were also recognized by the CMBA when it awarded us its inaugural Green+ Certification for going “above and beyond” in practicing environmental stewardship, including documented reductions in energy use. Tucker Ellis was the first firm to receive the CMBA Green Innovation Award (made by a local artist out of 100% recycled materials) for its exemplary leadership and success in promoting responsible environmental practices.
Our commitment has also been recognized on a regional level. Tucker Ellis has earned the Silver Commuter Choice Award from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) for the past two consecutive years – since the award’s inception in 2014. This award, the highest achieved by any law firm, acknowledged our commitment to providing – and promoting – eco-friendly commuting options to employees.
Making an Impact
A model for other law firms, the Tucker Ellis Green Initiatives Committee – consisting of a cross section of individuals from all offices and positions – has worked together to advance environmental awareness through special projects, social events and presentations. Some of the committee’s initiatives include:
- Maintaining the firm’s adherence to CMBA Green Certification requirements
- E-mailing weekly “Green Tips” to firm employees
- Conducting Earth Day celebrations
- Hosting presentations on environmental issues
- Distributing firm-branded reusable grocery bags to all firm employees
- Producing several videos on the importance of recycling at the firm and in our personal lives
- Hosting receptions featuring local wines and locally grown organic foods
- Emphasizing the firm’s commitment to eco-friendly practices and stressing recycling policies during new hire orientations
Tucker Ellis is fortunate to have offices in LEED-certified buildings in which tenants play a role in maintaining this coveted distinction. Innovative ways to save energy include accommodations for daytime cleaning services that decrease the need for lighting and electricity in the evening hours, a robust recycling program, and encouraging staff members to reduce their use of disposable paper products by providing a dishwasher for plates, glassware and silverware.
The firm and its personnel also participated in and supported a number of cycling activities to reduce our carbon footprint, including Cleveland’s “Bike to Work Day” and the 150-mile “Pedal to the Point” ride (Cleveland to Sandusky and back) organized by the Tucker Ellis “Wheelers” Bicycle Club that also raised money to fight MS. Several of the firm’s personnel regularly commute to work via bicycle, which was a factor in the firm’s receipt of the Commuter Choice Award.
Crain’s Cleveland Business profiled the firm as a one of the area’s role models in its 2010 article, “Easy Being Green.” The article noted that Tucker Ellis was used as a testing ground for ideas that were later woven into the CMBA’s larger program.
Tucker Ellis Partner Carter Strang, who practices energy and environmental law at the firm, is well known in the community for his proactive, real-world approach to green issues. In addition to writing and speaking on the topic, Carter originated the CMBA Green Initiative and served as the first CMBA Green Initiative Chair. He was also instrumental in the founding of the firm’s Green Initiative and continues to take a leading role in guiding its activities. He is the author of “Greening Your Legal Practice,” an article that outlined practical steps to responsible environmental stewardship. Published in several national journals, the article also formed the basis for his presentation on the topic at the 2014 CMBA Environmental Law Seminar.