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The Grass Is Greener in a Green Law Firm

The Grass Is Greener in a Green Law Firm

Inspired by Google’s beautiful Earth Day logo today, I’m sharing some links for ways that your law firm can go green and leave a smaller – but better – footprint.

You can save money, reduce trash and help our planet by:

  • Turning off your PC and printer at night – and setting them to enter standby mode when not in use
  • Turning off the lights when you leave
  • Replacing CRT monitors with LCD monitors
  • Avoiding printing when possible – save documents electronically
  • If you have to print, previewing your documents to avoid mistakes
  • Adopting a double-sided printing policy when you do print
  • Reducing photocopying by scanning documents
  • Recycling paper – and using recycled paper products when necessary
  • Using a real coffee mug instead of a disposable one. You can wash it – and the spoon.
  • Using environmentally friendly cleaning products
  • Not using bottled water
  • Replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones
  • Carpooling, taking the bus – or cycling or walking to work


2 Responses to The Grass Is Greener in a Green Law Firm

  1. Great tips, Lynne! I certainly take most of these steps in my home office. Of course, I admit there is increased incentive when it's my OWN money I'm saving!

  2. Thanks, Daphne! We are getting there in our own office. I have hated paper as long as I've worked in the legal field (a terrible trait in a paralegal, I know) and am so glad that technology offers so many great way to reduce or eliminate it.

    Giving up my dependency on plastic spoons may be a bit more challenging 😉

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Lynne J. DeVenny, N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal

Owner & Virtual Paralegal, DeVenny Paralegal Services

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Meet Lynne:

Lynne DeVenny is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with over 27 years of experience working on complex litigation cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability.

Disclosure: I am not a lawyer and cannot provide legal representation or legal advice.

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