As the effects of and challenges posed by climate change are only now being fully realized, it is vital that business leaders take a clear and unequivocal stand to decrease energy consumption and promote sustainability in the workplace. In recognition of its commitment and future plans, McAngus Goudelock & Courie is proud to be recognized as an ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge Partner by the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Environment, Energy, and Resources Section for its participation in the “WasteWise” program. By committing to “Practicing Green,” MG&C and its subsidiary, MG&C Consulting Services, have adopted policies and practices which meet the standards set by these organizations and will help ensure the sustainability of our planet’s resources for our and future generations.
The firm’s “green” initiative is borne out of both personal responsibility and professional duty. It reflects a growing realization of the values and principles held not only by MG&C, but also by its clients, employees, and neighbors. From the increased prices of finite commodities to the visible effects of climate change, skyrocketing global consumption impacts everyone. This environmental consciousness greatly affects the way companies must make decisions and conduct business in the 21st century. By reducing our firm’s consumption of office-related supplies and promoting environmentally-friendly alternatives wherever feasible, MG&C will do its part to contribute to the solution. As responsible stewards of our environment, we intend to lead the way by sharing our practices and values, by encouraging our employees to follow suit, and by working with clients on joint sustainability initiatives.
Law firms are notorious for using large quantities of paper. As a Climate Challenge Partner, MG&C has committed to reducing consumption by using recycled paper for printing and copying. In addition, all file folders, legal pads, marketing materials, holiday cards, and cleaning/bathroom paper products used by the firm will be composed of recycled materials. The firm is also converting internal distribution of reports, faxes, newsletters, and bulletins from hard-copy to electronic. Copy machines and printers will now print internal drafts on the two-sided setting, thereby cutting consumption in half. While MG&C had already recycled its used toner cartridges, the firm will now reduce its toner settings, thereby decreasing the need for replacements.
Instead of using wasteful plastic and Styrofoam cups, MG&C will now offer drinks served in reusable coffee and beverage cups to its visitors, clients, and employees. In addition, by providing pitchers of water, MG&C will eliminate the purchase of bottled water wherever practical.
Ever mindful of the growing costs and energy concerns associated with travel, MG&C will continue to encourage and utilize videoconferencing for internal and external meetings. The firm has also assisted employees in their coordination of a carpooling network in all office locations.
McAngus Goudelock & Courie is the first large firm in South Carolina and North Carolina to receive the distinction of Law Office Climate Challenge Partner from the ABA. By leading the way in this example of environmental stewardship, we hope to demonstrate to our colleagues, clients, and community that businesses can promote environmental sustainability by effectively reducing waste and conserving resources through voluntary efforts. We are mindful of the responsibility that such a distinction confers and look forward to developing new and innovative ways of “Practicing Green” and inspiring others to do so.