Stikeman Elliott's GoingGreen program is part of our ongoing effort to build environmental awareness among firm members to achieve measurable results in the areas of waste reduction, recycling and energy efficiency. The program involves the firm wide implementation of market-leading environmental best practices, coordinated by a Green Committee in each office, with membership from a broad cross section of firm members.
In 2008 Stikeman Elliott became the first and only Canadian national law firm to be certified as carbon neutral, maintaining the status for over eight years. In 2011, Stikeman Elliott partnered with the Greening Canada Fund to invest in the establishment of credible Canadian carbon offset projects - another first in the Canadian marketplace.
Stikeman Elliott completed its initial carbon footprint calculation in 2008 which set a baseline for measuring our ongoing environmental initiatives. The firm's second and third carbon footprint calculations were completed in 2010 and 2012 and provided a gauge of the impact of our GoingGreen program. Results have shown a 13% decrease in our footprint since 2008.
Since the launch of the GoingGreen program, the firm has implemented a number of green-related initiatives and programs at a local and national level. Nationally we have:
A comprehensive recycling and waste diversion program in place for paper products, cans and bottles, toner, batteries, organic waste, electronic waste and office supplies.
A firm wide commitment to duplex printing launched in 2008, has seen a reduction of 39% in paper usage, which equates to a savings of over 93 tonnes of paper.
Multi-function printers and copiers installed with "sleep modes" where after a specified period of inactivity they reduce their energy consumption by powering down without turning off completely.
Firm buildings are all BOMA BEST certified, and our Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Calgary offices have achieved LEED EB Gold certification.