Meyers Nave Launches Green Practice Group and “Goes Green”
Oakland, CA–The Snows of Kilimanjaro that Ernest Hemmingway wrote about may disappear in the next ten years thanks to the impact of global warming, according to Steven R. Meyers, founder of Meyers Nave and avid outdoorsman.
Meyers has seen first-hand global warming’s impact, “When I reached the summit (of Kilimanjaro), I could see where the glaciers retreated and it made the entire issue of climate change less abstract and much more apparent to me.”
In light of growing concern regarding climate change, the firm that bears his name has launched a Climate Change and Green Practice Group and is undergoing an internal program to “go green.”
“We recognize that we have a responsibility to our clients and the greater community to engage in environmentally sound practices. We also realize that our clients, many of whom are public agencies, can benefit from our counsel in this area” said Donald Oppenheim, Chief Operating Officer. (Oppenheim is also devoted to environmental causes. In the 1980s he spent four years working for a major environmental advocacy group.)
The firm’s Climate Change and Green Practice Group, is chaired by attorney Timothy Cremin, and leverages the experience and knowledge of the firm’s existing Land Use and Environmental practice groups to provide clients counsel in areas such as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), greenhouse gas emission regulations, and LEED/Green building practices. Demand for these services has been driven partially by the passage of California Assembly Bill 32. This bill requires the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) levels to those of 1990 by 2020.
Meyers Nave has also announced that it is in the midst of implementing a strategic plan to engage in more sustainable and environmentally friendly business practices. Steps being taken include switching all paper products to recycled post-consumer waste and rolling out utensils that are biodegradable. The firm is also working actively with its employees to reduce internal waste, achieve higher recycling rates, and encourage that sustainable practices be employed outside the workplace.
“With our largest office, Oakland, located in the heart of what is being dubbed “The East Bay Green Corridor,” we are very proud to launch this new group and also to do our part by “going green,” said Jayne W. Williams, Managing Principal of Meyers Nave.