Focused on environmental sustainability, Hanna Brophy values the economic, social, and environmental benefits that “practicing green” delivers. As more and more companies take steps to make their businesses greener, they expect to work with green partners. As an integral part of any business team, lawyers are following in these same footsteps. Hanna Brophy is no exception as we seek to lead by example.
Through the development of state-of-the-art technology and software, Hanna Brophy first began implementation of a green initiative by significantly curbing the firm’s paper consumption. The firm believes that there are attractive alternatives to the mass production and waste of paper by the litigation community. Currently at the Hanna Brophy, no one receives paper mail; rather, it routes through a central office for scanning and is then sent electronically to the internal recipient. The firm also encourages receipt of subpoenaed records by electronic means only and encourages client communication electronically whenever possible.
The process of changing the practice and culture of the firm to become greener everyday continues. The firm’s robust technology and software system enables attorneys to work remote anywhere anytime. Additionally, many of our attorneys have taken a personal challenge to leave the car at home and commute green. Some commute to work and court by train, some commute by bus, and some even commute by bicycle. We think it’s smart and responsible to lead by example.
Details and other examples of our green initiatives include:
- Reduce waste
Our goal is to eliminate unnecessary photocopying and to reuse packaging for shipping. All office products are routinely recycled, and some of our offices even compost food.
- Green office environments
Hanna Brophy has offices that 1) are Green certified, 2) use timers to turn lights off automatically, 3) turn off all office equipment at night, and 4) use energy-efficient light bulbs.
Our practice is to scan, shred, and recycle all incoming mail. All incoming CDs are electronically captured and then recycled. The majority of our correspondence is completed via email. When paper is necessary, it is photocopied on both sides and old letterhead/forms are used for scratch paper.
Our San Francisco office offers transit passes to employees who take the bus or BART. Our Oakland office offers safe bike racks for cyclists. Attorneys are encouraged to telecommute when possible. All employees are encouraged to use public transportation.
- Business travel
Video teleconferencing has been installed in all firm offices to encourage video conferencing over car travel among offices.
- Buying green
We require suppliers to provide sustainable product alternatives. Our goal for buying recycled, refurbished, or used products is 80%. When an appliance or piece of equipment needs replacing, we will replace it with an energy-efficient option.
- Detoxification and e-waste
All used batteries and copier toner is properly disposed. Old computers, printers, and other electronic devices are recycled through e-waste recycling programs. We request our suppliers to provide us with alternatives to toxic substances.
- Transportation of products
Our policy for shipping and receiving is to always evaluate the impact of the products that we buy and to find ways to mitigate those impacts.
- Hanna Brophy Green Team
Hanna Brophy has established a team to lead the firm's eco-friendly efforts.
Our policy is to inform suppliers of our green goals and let our clients know about our efforts.