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Sustainability

Being green is a distinguishing component of our culture. As a law firm, it is our job to protect clients and look out for their best interests. It’s only natural that we do the same for our environment.

 

Our St. Louis headquarters is housed in a building that received a gold level of certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. This system is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being. Being certified allows us to take advantage of a growing number of state and local government incentives.

 

Armstrong Teasdale has embraced sustainability as a basic principle of excellence in our organization. By centering our business environment on an enduring model, we better serve our clients, communities and employees. Our Sustainability Committee or “Green Team,” tasked with assisting the firm in achieving its sustainability goals, includes attorneys and staff from all areas of the firm.

Environmentally

Our space, designed by STUDIOS Architecture, is a result of strategic environmental and business management. It also puts us in a better position to set an example for other businesses in our community as well as our clients and colleagues.

 

The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Armstrong Teasdale as a Green Power Partner for its significant purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates. Our participation is helping to reduce the risks associated with climate change by supporting technologies that are more sustainable for businesses and communities.

 

In addition, we received the 2011 Circle of Excellence Award of Achievement for participating in the St. Louis Green Business Challenge.

 

Here are some of our environmental initiatives:

  • Floor plans were designed to make use of natural lighting.
  • Lighting sensors are installed in each office and in commonly used areas to turn off lights when vacated.
  • Energy smart replacement light bulbs are purchased for desk lamps.
  • Office and kitchen equipment, including newly purchased electronics, are Energy Star certified.
  • Recycling bins are considered standard equipment in each office. Bins are also placed in all catering areas, copy centers and conference rooms.
  • All printers and copiers use 30 percent certified fiber source recycled paper. This includes AT’s paper suite (letterhead, etc.). Through shredding and recycling, the firm saved 1,947 trees from destruction in 2012.
  • Document production center regularly makes double-sided copies.
  • Notices and memos are distributed electronically.
  • Employees are encouraged to hold off-site meetings via virtual meeting programs or video conferencing.
  • When a computer is retired, it is made available to employees, refurbished and donated, or sold with the proceeds benefitting the AT Family Fund.
  • Electronic equipment that is unusable is donated to a specialized electronics recycling firm.
  • Computers go to sleep mode after a set time of inactivity.
  • Copiers go to stand-by mode after 15 minutes of inactivity.
  • Fans and heaters are prohibited in individual offices or workstations.
  • The firm’s main caterer, Guckenheimer, is an environmentally conscious organization that provides the highest standards and operating practices that support and protect the environment.
  • Fresh fruit orders from Fruit My Cube are delivered weekly to the St. Louis office for those who order online.
  • Any future renovations will involve green building standards.