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Not for nothing are law firms in New York and across the country finally stepping up in a big way to the “Law Office Climate Challenge,” issued in March 2007 by the American Bar Association in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Quickly realized cost savings have been “a really good promotional tool” for attracting signatories to the challenge, said Daniel A. Eisenberg, vice chairman of the air quality committee of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. “Our first year was slow, there weren’t a lot of ways we could spread the word,” said Eisenberg, an associate at Beveridge & Diamond in Washington, D.C. “But in the last six months, we’ve noticed a substantial uptick of interest in the challenge.” Money saved, as the old saw goes, is money earned. For example: • Erik J. Sekler, executive director of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, estimates a combined annual savings of $450,000 as the result of upgrading the firm’s lighting fixtures and laptop computers with more energy-efficient models, switching photocopy machines to double-side default and using recycled paper and ink toner cartridges

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