Rowena N. Nelson’s Law Firm Goes Green
The law firm announces important measures in favor of the environment in the future.
Largo, MD, USA – March 21, 2022 – Rowena N. Nelson today announced the steps the law firm will take to reduce its environmental footprint and create a more sustainable workplace. Nelson called the changes “significant” – and they should start immediately. They affect a variety of practices supported by businesses across the state. Nelson said that in addition to some of the new efforts, there will be a greater emphasis on practices already in place.
• Ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements and voluntary codes of practice applicable to similar office environments.
• Prevent and/or reduce pollution from activities.
• Implement sustainable waste management practices throughout the company by maximizing recycling.
• Identify key resources used by the office and implement measures that ensure resources are used effectively.
• Effectively manage carbon emissions through improved on-site energy efficiency.
• Reduce the environmental impact of business travel through improved digital communication.
Nelson said she has long known what the company can do to contribute to sustainability. She now believes, given advances in technology, that it is time to do more. “Sustainability is no longer a distant goal; every business should do what it can to reduce its carbon footprint,” she said. When asked how the office plans to solve the problem, Nelson said: “On the one hand, we are using our cars less and computers and digital technology more.” Many offices are reporting reduced waste and electricity consumption during the Covid crisis. Nelson sees no reason to return to heavy use now that the offices are running more efficiently.
Paperwork in the office has been kept to a minimum, an advance for which she explicitly credits the court system and its efforts to digitize records. Law firms are looking at chlorine-free recycled paper for copiers and printers as a business. Copies will be made double-sided to save waste. A paper-saving system used on one side for notes or other unofficial purposes will be encouraged.
In addition to reducing paper, Nelson plans to move towards a “plastic-free environment”. Employees are encouraged to bring their drinks in reusable thermos containers. It also encourages reusable cloth lunch bags to bring food from home or carry bags when buying meals from outside sources. Citing the ongoing, high-profile plastics crisis, Nelson said: “Sometimes you can’t avoid it, but you can make an effort and at least take full advantage of recycling opportunities.
The company already recycles paper and plastic. To further refine its recycling effort, it plans to set up more recycling receptacles and those already in place. Additional sorting takes full advantage of recycling opportunities inside and outside the community. The practice has seen a significant reduction in waste. It is currently setting up a deposit of reusable shirts; he also plans to purchase used laser printer cartridges and other widely available office supplies.
Law Office of Rowena N. Nelson, LLC
Address: 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 150, Largo, Maryland 20774
Phone: (301) 900-4102
E-mail: [email protected]