TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ - Stikeman Elliott LLP announced today that it is
the first national law firm to have its Canadian offices certified as carbon
neutral. The firm's comprehensive GoingGreen Program has been embraced and
supported by firm members across the country, leading to the achievement of
The firm completed its carbon footprint calculation in 2008 to set a
baseline for measuring its ongoing environmental initiatives. After compiling
some concrete data around waste reduction and efficiency improvements, and an
investment in selected carbon offset programs focused on sustainable energy,
Stikeman Elliott received its carbon neutral certification in April 2009.
"Carbon neutrality is the latest step in our firm's commitment to
corporate social responsibility. Our people have encouraged the firm to be
leaders in adopting more green and sustainable practices and the firm has
acted," said Stikeman Elliott chair Pierre Raymond. "We're tremendously proud
that we have taken this on as a long-term commitment and challenge to reduce
the environmental impact of our operations and influence our lives away from
The firm's GoingGreen Program has introduced a number of large and small
measures designed to reduce waste, increase recycling and improve energy
efficiency in each of the firm's offices in Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary
and Vancouver. Among the initiatives spearheaded by Green Committees in each
- Comprehensive recycling programs for paper, cans, bottles, organic
waste, toner and batteries. We divert almost 80% of our waste,
eliminating an estimated 16,900kg in landfill waste on an annual basis.
- Double-sided printing and a reduced font size for documents is being
rolled out and most internal reports are being distributed in
electronic format, significantly reducing paper usage. Over 4,000,000
pieces of paper will be saved this year in our Toronto office alone.
- All printers and copiers are installed with "sleep modes" and
multi-function printer machines have replaced separate standalone
units. Computers are typically powered down at night.
- Reducing lighting levels in common areas and adjusting temperatures to
improve energy usage.
- Video-conferencing is encouraged, in lieu of travel, in each of our
- Use of filtered tap water only in boardrooms, meetings and serveries.
All plastic utensils and paper plates in our serveries have been
replaced with stainless steel utensils and ceramic plates.
- Mailrooms and print service centres recycle and reuse supplies and
produce materials "on demand" only.
- An environmental purchasing policy giving stated preference to vendors
who demonstrate solid environmental practices. The firm's Toronto
office products supplier is ISO14001 certified and a recent paper
products procurement process has a refined formula to give greater
weight to the environmental practices of vendors.
- Participation in local community programs such as Encorp's Return-it
Work Program (Vancouver), volunteer park clean-ups (Calgary), Greening
Greater Toronto (Toronto) and "En Ville sans sa Voiture" (Montréal).
Our firm members' participation in various Clean Air Commute challenges
saved more than seven tonnes of CO2 emissions.
- Education campaigns to firm members on measures they can employ at work
and at home to be energy efficient and reduce waste, including "tip
sheets" and giveaways of reusable lunch and shopping bags and ceramic
The final step in achieving carbon neutrality was the purchase of carbon
offsets, through The CarbonNeutral Company, for renewable energy projects
related to wind power, hydroelectric power and methane capture. Each of the
projects supported has been accredited under international standards (the
Voluntary Carbon Standard and the California Climate Action Registry) which
satisfy criteria required, or are not inconsistent with those, under the Kyoto
Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism program and include third party
"We have communicated to our firm members that this milestone still
represents only the first step," said Raymond. "We will continue to develop
and enhance initiatives which will enable us to focus on reductions and set an
example in our communities."
Future planned initiatives include switching to energy-efficient lighting
(where not already installed), increased use of recycled paper, rollout of
enhanced policies around business travel and procurement, increased
participation in recycling programs including electronics and exploration of
additional community environmental initiatives with which firm members can
volunteer or sponsor.
ABOUT STIKEMAN ELLIOTT LLP
With over 500 lawyers across Canada and around the world, Stikeman
Elliott is recognized nationally and internationally for the sophistication of
its business law practice. Nationally, the firm has offices in Montréal,
Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver and internationally, in New York,
London and Sydney. The firm serves its clients wherever their business takes
The firm maintains Renewable Energy, Environmental and Emissions Trading
& Climate Change practices to provide clients with advice in all areas of
environmental stewardship, investment and project development.
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