Washington, D.C., August 2, 2007 – As part of its recently launched Green Office Initiative, Arnold & Porter LLP is partnering with Carbonfund.org to make contributions based on the amount of the firm’s business air travel to support renewable energy and reforestation projects in the U.S. and other parts of the world.
Arnold & Porter is the first major U.S. law firm to partner with Carbonfund.org. Carbonfund.org is a Washington, D.C. metro area-based nonprofit that educates businesses and the public on climate change issues and supports carbon-reducing projects such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation projects. The firm’s support of these projects will substantially offset the carbon produced by the firm’s air travel. Renewable energy refers to wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and other non-carbon producing energy sources, and reforestation refers to the capture and removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
“Although the firm cannot eliminate business travel, we want to demonstrate our commitment to sustainable business practices wherever possible,” said Arnold & Porter Chair Thomas Milch. “We believe in carbon offsets as a cost-effective way to reduce our carbon footprint, and our program generally aligns us with what many of our clients are doing to address climate change.”
In March, the firm adopted a firmwide Green Office Initiative that focuses on resource conservation and sustainable business practices. As part of this initiative, Arnold & Porter closely collaborated with members of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (“SEER”) and officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the development of a Climate Challenge policy. The Climate Challenge was designed to encourage law firms to take simple, practical steps to become better environmental and energy stewards.
In addition to its Green Office Initiative, Arnold & Porter has long represented environmental groups in a pro bono capacity in activities relating to recycling and waste reduction, and its attorneys are active writers and lecturers on global climate change issues. The firm has environmental expertise in its Washington, D.C., New York, Denver and Los Angeles offices.
Seattle, WA August 1, 2007– Thermal Remediation Services, Inc. (TRS) announced today that it offset its carbon emissions with Carbonfund.org, the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization. This practical step highlights TRS’s commitment to be a leader in the Environmental Remediation industry.
TRS’s stakeholders are very concerned about global warming. Considering the implications of climate change, carbon offsets through Carbonfund.org are a natural extension of the work TRS does on behalf of its stakeholders.
“We are proud of our leadership position in the environmental remediation industry and of our recent commitment to become a carbon neutral company. While we work to lower the carbon dioxide emissions we generate as a company we will offset those emissions we are not able to eliminate by purchasing offset credits. We feel an obligation to minimize our impact on the environment by reducing our carbon footprint and we encourage others to follow us. That is why our carbon neutral initiative contains provisions to help our teaming partners and our customers join us in preserving our quality of life for future generations.” Michael Dodson, President of Thermal Remediation Services, Inc.
“It’s a pleasure to have Thermal Remediation Services join the CarbonFree program,” said Steve Offutt, Senior Advisor at Carbonfund.org. “In addition to their own commitment, by helping to recover brownfield sites, TRS is contributing to improving our urban forms, which also reduces emissions by reducing sprawl and its attendant traffic.”
TRS is recognized as the market leader in the remediation of commercial and industrial real estate including Brownfield sites using Electrical Resistance Heating (ERH). TRS is proud of its perfect safety record with no OSHA recordable accidents in over 200,000 hours worked. TRS brings the expertise, experience and knowledge gained from performing ERH on over 60 projects nationwide to each new remediation site.
Carbonfund.org is a non-profit organization whose goal is to make carbon offsets and climate protection easy, affordable and a normal way of life for every individual and business. Carbon offsets enable individuals and businesses to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in one location, where it is cost effective, to offset the emissions they are responsible for in their normal activities, like home, office, driving or air travel emissions. By supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation projects Carbonfund.org will retire an equivalent amount of carbon offsets. The financial support from these offsets will then help to continue the development of clean, renewable domestic sources of energy.
Carbonfund.org is the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization. Carbonfund.org educates the public about the dangers of climate change and makes it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbonfund.org works with over 100 corporate and non-profit partners including Discovery, Dell, Orbitz, Environmental Defense and Credo Mobile.