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Green Policy

Gesmer Updegrove LLP recognizes that our work may have a direct or indirect effect on the local, regional and global environment. We are committed to reducing any harmful effects on the environment and promoting the understanding of sustainability.

Gesmer Updegrove has joined the Massachusetts Bar Association Eco-Challenge and has become an MBA Lawyer Environmental Pledge Partner. Gesmer Updegrove pledges to use the MBA Green Guidelines in developing environmentally sustainable practices in the following areas:

Energy Conservation

  • Gesmer Updegrove encourages all employees to turn off lights at the end of the day and notify building cleaning staff to do the same.
  • Mandated use of screen savers and we require everyone to turn off computers after work and when idle for more than 30 minutes. In the event that an employee forgets to turn off their computer when leaving for the day, idle computers automatically shut down by 8:00 p.m.
  • Shared copy machines and printers automatically go to standby mode after 2 hours of non-use or turned off at the end of the day.
  • Gesmer Updegrove will commit to 90% of all types of paper purchased by the firm to have at least 30% post consumer recycled content.
  • All copiers and printers have a duplex option and employees are encouraged to use it whenever possible. This option can also be accessed via the employees’ desktops.
  • Gesmer Updegrove for many years has distributed working documents to clients by email and will continue to use the scan option rather than printing hard copies when possible.
  • Gesmer Updegrove commits to purchasing “Energy Star” appliances when available.

Recycling

  • Working with building management, Gesmer Updegrove strives to recycle paper, cardboard products, bottles and cans.
  •  All paper being shredded by our vendor is verified that the residual will be recycled.
  • Gesmer Updegrove will verify, to the best of our ability, that old computer equipment (CPU’s, monitors, etc.) will be donated and reused or recycled.
  • Gesmer Updegrove will try to the best of our ability to reuse, recycle or donate office future whenever possible.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Gesmer Updegrove currently offers T-Pass purchases, parking reimbursement and transit program reimbursement through pre-tax payroll deductions. The majority of employees currently use mass transit and the Firm will continue to encourage this trend.

Environmentally Conscious Purchases

  • Gesmer Updegrove has efficient Energy Star office equipment and appliances.
  • Gesmer Updegrove has computer monitors and printers that have an energy efficient “standby” mode.
  • Gesmer Updegrove purchases products with recycled content whenever available.
  • Gesmer Updegrove purchases cleaning products with low toxicity and high biodegradability.

Sustainable Practices

  • Gesmer Updegrove encourages the use of municipal water supplies to reduce bottled water consumption by maintaining a filtered water cooler and reusable branded bottles as an alternative.
  • Gesmer Updegrove purchases and encourages use of durable plates, cups, and utensils.
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