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It might be a while before Arnold & Porter partners start showing up to work strapped into a Prius like Al Gore at the Oscars, but the firm might bring a smile to Gore’s face with its new officewide policy designed to reduce, recycle, and reuse. The firm is working with the American Bar Association and the Environmental Protection Agency on the “Eco-Challenge,” an initiative to green up law offices, and no, not by painting the walls. The firm plans to slash its eco-footprint by recycling, digitizing in-house documents, using energy-efficient office machines, and educating employees on sustainability practices. Also, Arnold & Porter will buy carbon offsets for air travel and encourage employees to ditch the car in favor of public transportation. “Our objective is to reduce our resource consumption as much as possible,” says Jonathan Martel, a partner at the firm and head of its Green Office Initiative project. He added that the project would push for reduction in the areas that affect law firms the most — namely paper consumption and travel. DLA Piper was the first D.C. firm to dip into environmentally friendly waters with its own sustainability initiative in January. It remains to be seen whether other firms will jump on the green bandwagon before the glaciers melt or Gore makes another Oscar-winning documentary.
Attila Berry can be contacted at [email protected].

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