ATLANTA and WASHINGTON (June 1, 2012) – Today, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP finalized an agreement with NextEra Energy Power Marketing LLC to purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs), representing a 100% offset of the firm’s estimated energy usage.
Sutherland is purchasing wind energy RECs for 2012 and 2013 from firm client NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from wind and sun. The purchase fulfills one aspect of Sutherland’s firmwide Sustainability Commitment.
The program, which began in 2008, is a formal effort to significantly reduce waste and promote conservation of energy and resources. It is led by the firm’s Sustainability Partner Thomas H. Warren in conjunction with the multidisciplinary Sustainability Committee. As a result of these efforts, Sutherland will continue its membership in the Green Power Leadership Club of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Green Power Partnership."
“Sutherland actively aims to reduce the environmental impact created by everyday business in our offices," said Mr. Warren, a member of the Energy and Environmental Practice Group and chair of the firm’s Energy Projects Team. “On behalf of the firm, I thank NextEra Energy Power Marketing for assisting us in continuing to meet our sustainability goals through our new REC purchase agreement."
Among its many sustainability endeavors, Sutherland has adopted energy-efficient lighting, an award-winning commute alternatives program, and paper-reduction targets. The firm’s “Do One Thing Differently" campaign challenges attorneys and staff to modify one aspect of their behavior every two weeks in order to build a more sustainable culture, both within the firm and within their daily lives. Also, Sutherland is a leader in the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge, a voluntary program that encourages law firms to improve energy efficiency, use renewable energy and reduce paper consumption.
To learn more about Sutherland’s sustainability efforts, visit sutherland.com/sustainability.
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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.