Being "green" is one of Farella Braun + Martel's core values. We have formally adopted a firmwide Environmental Policy committing the firm to sustainability in our business operations. Our environmentally conscious program addresses recycling and waste reduction, energy and natural resource conservation, pollution prevention and quantification of our greenhouse gas emissions. We have integrated "green" efforts into each department- legal and staff- within the firm. Our efforts have diverted almost two tons of material from landfills since inception. From our standpoint, becoming a "green" business was not just the way to go, but the only way to go. We look at being "green" as an ongoing process; our enthusiastic employees are continuously improving our existing efforts and undertaking new initiatives to promote environmental sustainability.
Led by a team of staff and attorneys, our Green Task Force coordinates the program and collaborates on improving our existing efforts and undertaking new initiatives. Some elements of the firm's program include paper product and battery recycling; composting; removal of plastic-ware from conference rooms and installing biodegradable napkins, plates and utensils; environmentally responsible purchasing; partnering with local non-profits and organizations for reuse of unneeded computers, supplies and furniture; 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper for printing; standardized double-sided printing from copiers; energy efficient light fixtures, and email profiling to reduce printing requirements.
While our focus remains internal and tries to answer the question, "how can Farella be a more environmentally friendly place to work," our clients have noticed. We regularly discuss our efforts with clients, and identify ways to be more "green" in our service delivery. We work closely with our property managers and outside vendors to be catalysts for change. Our caterers no longer supply us with plastic utensils or products. Our landlord has applied for LEED certification for the building, and the building janitorial crews now use all environmentally friendly cleaning products. Farella's Environmental attorneys annually organize a day to volunteer to do hands-on work restoring wetlands in the Bay Area.
In 2006, Farella Braun + Martel was certified as a green business by the San Francisco Green Business Program. We were the first major law firm in San Francisco to obtain the certification. In 2007, FBM won an Acterra Business Environmental Award. The firm was selected the recipient of the "Susanne Wilson Award for Pollution Prevention/Resource Conservation" in the Medium Company category.
Farella has successfully verified its 2006 - 2008 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory with the California Climate Action Registry (California Registry), earning the distinction of Climate Action LeaderTM. The California Registry is the country's most rigorous voluntary GHG reporting program. The firm participants in the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge.