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Creating a Paperless Law Office
Catch up on this webinar from the PaperlessChase.com which is based in the USA,.
During this webinar, Ernest Svenson (aka “Ernie the Attorney“), explained the ins and outs of transitioning to a paperless law office. Among other things, he covered:
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FluoroCycle is a voluntary product stewardship scheme that seeks to increase the national recycling rate of waste mercury-containing lamps.
The focus of FluoroCycle is on the commercial and public lighting sectors, which account for the bulk of all lighting waste. Lamp recycling can help reduce the amount of mercury being sent to landfill. Once mercury is released into landfill it can spread to the wider environment. Mercury is a neurotoxin and is dangerous to humans. The contact details for lamp recyclers and collectors in each state and territory are listed on the FluoroCycle website.
FluoroCycle awards Signatory status to organisations which commit to implement recycling of their waste lamps. Signatories are listed on the FluoroCycle website and may be included in media releases, case studies, articles and recognition events. There is no fee to apply. Over 240 organisations have already applied for Signatory status with FluoroCycle. Any organisations with an Australian Business Number (ABN) can apply online at the FluoroCycle website.
Australian Government Accreditation
The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment, officially announced the accreditation of the FluoroCycle scheme at an event held at the Sydney Opera House on 12 September 2014. Please click here for the Media Release.
Accreditation is the Australian Government’s seal of approval for FluoroCycle. Accredited voluntary product stewardship arrangements are authorised to use the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship logo. FluoroCycle’s use of the logo will signal to business and the community that the scheme represents best practice for an Australian product stewardship initiative. For more information on Voluntary Product Stewardship arrangements please visit the Australian Government Department of the Environment website at the following link.
Approved FluoroCycle Signatories have full use of the FluoroCycle logo to be used in conjunction with the Australian Government Product Stewardship logo for their communication material.
Lighting Council Australia, the peak body for Australia’s lighting industry, is the Administrator of the FluoroCycle scheme. For more information contact FluoroCycle on, 03 9859 4545 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2014 Annual Report from AusLSA - Legal Sector Environmental Insight: Report of AusLSA Members 2014 - was launched in Sydney last Thursday by the Honourable Rob Stokes, MP, NSW Minister for the Environment.
Mr Stokes congratulated the legal sector for its commitment to sustainability and for taking steps to minimise the environmental impact of legal practice. He also stressed that sustainability was key to successful business as it promoted efficiency.
The event was held at Norton Rose Fulbright in Sydney.
An Summary of the Report and a copy of the Report is available here.
Levitt Robinson Solicitors is proud to be the latest of 41 members of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (ALSA), an industry association working collaboratively to promote sustainable practices across the legal sector.
Stephanie Carmichael, a Senior Associate at Levitt Robinson, said that, “The team at Levitt Robinson is dedicated to transforming the way we practice law in order to limit our environmental impact and to improve the sustainable management of resources.
“Our new focus on sustainability will meet the increasing demand from clients on their lawyers to operate in a way that is environmentally friendly and socially responsible.”
Ms Carmichael added that, “Being at the vanguard of environmental and socially sustainable practices in the practice of law will also complement Levitt Robinson’s existing reputation for promoting equality, diversity, access to justice, and human rights, as well as for being a responsible corporate citizen.”
Levitt Robinson will be attending the launch of AusLSA’a “Legal Sector Environmental Insight Report” on 4 December 2014.
AusLSA is pleased to announce that Baker & McKenzie have joined AusLSA.
Here is some info on the Global Sustainability programs.
As one of the first global law firms to establish a Climate Change Practice, our commitment to renewable energy and sustainability extends to how we do business. We understand that being responsible global citizens means protecting our environment.
In our offices around the world, we continue to implement initiatives to reduce our environmental footprint. In London, for example, our lawyers and staff participate in a building-wide recycling program, dine in a cafeteria that provides sustainable food options and have access to bike racks and lockers to encourage green commutes.
Our Australia office buys green electricity and has shifted to energy efficient lighting. Many of our offices also purchase carbon offsets for air travel of lawyers, staff and clients to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And we have numerous “Go Green” strategies, which include engaging our staff to conserve energy and resources.
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