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Mayer Brown’s Sustainability program began with the grassroots efforts of our local Green Committees—as dedicated lawyers and staff sought ways to make our offices more sustainable.

Our Global Environmental Sustainability Mission Statement

Mayer Brown is committed to an eco-friendly work environment. Almost 80 percent of our staff work in environmentally accredited buildings. Our Global Sustainability Policy stresses the importance of global education on environmental issues and has a focus on local action to implement sustainable business practices and effect positive change.

Environmental Sustainability in Action
Across our offices worldwide, we are committed to the following practices:

Sustainable Office Buildings

Energy Reduction

Waste Reduction

Responsible Paper Consumption

Reduced Air Travel and Auto Emissions 

Sustainable Office Buildings
Moving into energy-efficient office buildings that facilitate sustainable practices.

Several of our global offices feature energy-efficient features such as glass office walls, energy-efficient lighting, eco-friendly building materials and furniture, and energy-reducing motion sensors to reduce light and water usage.

Several of our offices are in energy-efficient buildings that have received the following accreditations, including our offices in Chicago (LEED Platinum), Düsseldorf (DGNB Platinum), Frankfurt (DGNB Platinum and LEED Gold), London (BREEAM “Excellent”), Los Angeles (LEED Platinum), New York (LEED-ED) and Washington DC (LEED Gold).
Energy Reduction 
Educating our lawyers and staff on the benefits of turning off monitors and computers at night and changing our US and European Information Systems policy to allow complete shutdown overnight. These practices are projected to prevent the release of up to 325 tons of carbon dioxide per year into the atmosphere.

Using energy-efficient light bulbs and automatic presence detection lighting systems. We use timers in open areas so that lights turn off at a set time each day after close of business. 

Waste Reduction
Providing biodegradable utensils and reusable mugs in most of our office kitchens.

Significantly reducing bottled water usage for internal and external meetings by providing pitchers of filtered water and glassware.

Establishing robust recycling programs across the firm’s offices, including plastic, aluminum cans, glass bottles, paper and cardboard recycling.

Offering recycling programs for rechargeable batteries and technological waste such as cell phones, computers, printers and printer toner cartridges, in compliance with regional e-waste regulations.

Responsible Paper Consumption 
Developing a paperless initiative, a multifaceted program to promote green workplace behaviors, adopt best practices and leverage technologies to reduce paper in the workplace. Our vision is to reduce both our off-site records inventory and our physical consumption of paper by 60 percent within the next few years.

Changing imaging technologies across the firm with the understanding that consistent use of features such as double-sided or multiple-page printing can dramatically decrease paper consumption.

Using 30 percent post-consumer recycled paper in the majority of our offices and, whenever possible, using Forest Stewardship Counsel (FSC) certified paper for brochure printing.

Sending electronic greetings for the holidays since 2009. In keeping with our commitment to the environment, this change has eliminated paper waste related to mailing approximately 15,000 holiday cards every year.

Reduced Air Travel and Auto Emissions 
Mayer Brown uses video conferencing for internal and external meetings to reduce non-essential travel. Additionally, our local offices have implemented the following initiatives:

In the US, Mayer Brown has a corporate agreement with Amtrak for rail travel between New York and Washington DC, to reduce air shuttle travel and the overall carbon footprint. Amtrak is also the first railroad to join the Climate Registry, a nonprofit collaboration among North American states, provinces, territories and Native Sovereign Nations that sets consistent and transparent standards to calculate, verify and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions in a single registry.

Our US offices participate in a program that provides pre-tax benefits options to employees using public transportation for their commute. 

The Chicago office teamed up with EnterpriseCarShare (formerly I-GO) to provide Mayer Brown employees with discounted membership and driving rates. The Chicago office also offers discounted memberships to DIVVY, the city's bike sharing service.

In Germany, Mayer Brown has a Corporate Agreement with Deutsche Bahn and recommends to use the frequent traveller card where appropriate, especially for frequent travel between the German offices. The frequent traveler card supports the usage of green electricity. In 2017 the CO2 saving was 35.270 kg compared to travelling by car.

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