EPA Recognizes Neal Gerber Eisenberg for Leading Green Power Use
September 20, 2021 at 10:35 AM EDT
Neal Gerber Eisenberg (NGE) announced today that the firm recently joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership and its mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help to protect our planet. Through this partnership, the firm committed to buy 100 percent of its energy needs from green power sources. NGE’s 600,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of annual energy needs will come from 100 percent wind Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) purchased from AEP Energy. By choosing green power, NGE is advancing the voluntary market for green power and development of those sources.
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“NGE is honored to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Sonia Menon, Chief Operating Officer for NGE and chair of the firm’s Sustainability Committee. “We are proud to be leaders in the green movement in the legal industry, and by using 100 percent green power we are materially reducing our carbon footprint and supporting the transition to a clean energy future.”
“AEP Energy is committed to working with our customers to deliver custom energy solutions that fit their unique needs and goals,” said Greg Hall, executive vice president of Energy Supply for AEP. “Supplying renewable energy to NGE in the form of RECs is just one example of how AEP Energy provides clean, reliable energy that our customers expect and need to achieve their sustainability objectives.”
By moving the needle in the voluntary green power market, NGE and other Green Power Partners are helping to reduce the negative health impacts of air emissions including those related to ozone, fine particles, acid rain, and regional haze.
"EPA applauds Neal Gerber Eisenberg for its leadership position in the green power marketplace," said James Critchfield, Program Manager of EPA's Green Power Partnership. "NGE’s commitment to the environment through this initiative is an excellent example for other law firms and professional services organizations in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through green power investment and use."
According to the U.S. EPA, NGE’s green power use of more than 600,000 kWh is equivalent to the annual electricity use of about 56 average American homes.
Sustainability is central to NGE’s corporate social responsibility program. The firm was among the first firms to join the EPA and American Bar Association’s Climate Challenge, conforming to requirements of paper use, waste management, and energy conservation under the EPA’s Energy Star Program.
Additionally, NGE has taken a leadership role in the legal industry as a member of the Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN), sharing its vision with other green law firms to improve the entire industry’s sustainable practices since 2015. NGE was awarded a Gold rating in 2021 for by LFSN’s American Legal Industry Sustainability Standard (ALISS) assessment, which measures activities across five categories: Internal Sustainability, External Sustainability, Stakeholder Engagement, Measuring & Reporting, and Innovation.
You can learn more about the full scope of NGE’s sustainability initiatives here.
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