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In an effort to promote more sustainable law practices, the Colorado Bar Association created the Environmental Sustainability Program ("ESP" or "Program"). The Program challenges Bar Association members to demonstrate their commitment to environmental excellence by taking steps to reduce energy use and resource waste, and to otherwise strive for sustainability, at their firm or place of business ("law practice").

The Program contains three, interconnected components—people, planet, and profit—which are crucial to creating a sustainable practice. For each component, law practices make cost-saving investments, adopt conservation measures, or implement other environmental best practices.

We encourage law practices to meet the ESP challenge at a level they are comfortable with. The levels of achievement, based on the total number of measures adopted, are as follows:

• Silver— Your law practice rises to the ESP challenge by implementing 10–15 measures.
• Gold — Your law practice rises to the ESP challenge by implementing 16–20 measures.
• Platinum— Your law practice rises to the ESP challenge by implementing more than 20 measures.

To participate in the Program, please complete this application by selecting the measures your law practice is performing and provide documentation as indicated. Complete the form for review and approval by the CBA ESP Committee. Once approved, the law practice will need to recertify annually (by July 1) to continue to participate in the program. The CBA ESP Committee will send all participants recertification documentation by May 1.

Law Practice Information

Law Practice Name*:
Address:*
City*
State*
Zip Code*

 

 

Contact Information

First Name*
Last Name*
Title
Email Address*
Phone Number*

 

Pledge Level:*

 

People:

My law practice has adopted an environmental sustainability mission statement.* #
My law practice provides sustainability education and awareness to employees through actions such as bringing in local experts, utilizing webcasts, and distributing electronic newsletters.* #
My law practice dedicates a portion of its website to environmental sustainability awareness and education.
Website:
My law practice provides reusable kitchen utensils, dishes, and glasses or mugs for routine employee and client use. The use of disposable ware is discouraged and is kept to a minimum.
Bottled water is not routinely offered for employee and client consumption and its use is kept to a minimum.
My law practice incorporates RTD Ecopass or a similar program into its benefit package.

If your law practice provides a program other than RTD Ecopass, please describe it here:
My law practice provides a secure bike station for employees and clients.
My law practice otherwise encourages employees and clients to use alternative forms of transportation (e.g., mass transit, carpooling, bicycling, walking) for commuting to and from work/our place of business.#
My law practice encourages employees to turn out lights and shut down or sleep equipment when not in use.#

 

Planet

My law practice donates a minimum of the monetary equivalent of 10 hours of legal services to a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainability.#
My law practice utilizes "green" vendors whenever possible. See, e.g.,
http://www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/buying_green_online.pdf.#
My law practice and our building services (as applicable) use VOC-free cleaning products.
My law practice uses energy efficient light bulbs in all accessible lighting fixtures.
My law practice has adopted low-power management by modifying computers to automatically enter sleep mode after no more than 15 minutes of inactivity.
My law practice has installed "smart" power strips to power down computers and other electronics when not in use.

My law practice has installed occupancy sensors that automatically power on and off lights according to use.
My law practice has installed automatic programmable thermostats to cut down on energy use.
My law practice has enrolled in the EPA Energy Star Program.**
My law practice is enrolled in the EPA Green Power Partnership Program.**
My law practice is a member of the U.S. EPA WasteWise Program.**
My law practice participates in a comingled recycling program.
My law practice arranges for proper disposal of all electronic waste using only recyclers listed at http://estewards. org.
My law practice participates in a composting program.

 

Profit

My law practice utilizes duplex printing whenever possible.#
My law practice has adopted paperless filing practices.
(See, e.g., http://www.cobar.org/tcl/tcl_articles.cfm?articleid=7415)
My law practice implements ABA Office Paper Management Best Practices.**
My law practice has had an energy/water use audit conducted by a bona fide outside audit company to identify solutions to improve energy and water efficiency.#
My law practice has implemented of recommendations from the energy/water use audit it had conducted. [The law practice can take credit for each recommendation of an energy audit implemented as a measure towards its participation in the Environmental Sustainability Program so long as such measures are not duplicative of other measures specifically mentioned in this application that the law practice is implementing and is seeking credit for.]#

My law practice tracks (for its own, internal use) its energy consumption, transportation footprint, water usage, and paper usage—along with the costs associated with each.#

My law practice tracks (for its own, internal use) its energy consumption, transportation footprint, water usage and paper usage—along with costs associated with each—and pledges to decrease each by at least 5%.#
My law practice otherwise encourages employees and clients to use alternative forms of transportation (e.g., mass transit, carpooling, bicycling, walking) for commuting to and from work/our place of business.##
My law practice offsets its carbon footprint through contributions to the Colorado Carbon Fund or a similar voluntary carbon offset program.#

* These are mandatory measures for participation in the Program.

** Implementing this measure could make your law practice eligible for the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate
Challenge
.

# You are required to submit documentation of, or otherwise describe, your implementation of this measure.
For measures that involve encouraging employees to change behavior (e.g., print double-sided, turn out lights,
take alternative modes of transportation), a law practice must do more than simply have a policy that states
that employees should make these behavior changes. The law practice must actively try to change employee
behavior, for example through instituting an incentive program. For ideas on how to effectively encourage
behavior change, please contact Jenny McClister of the ESP Committee at jenny@mcclisterlaw.com.