In the spring of 2009, Boston-based Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C. (TBHR) voluntarily joined the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Mass Department of Environmental (DEP)’s Sustainable Business Leader Program (SBLP). After one year of employing greener practices at their 101 Huntington Avenue-based practice, the firm has been officially certified as a Sustainable Business Leader.
The program that helped TBHR earn its accreditation was developed as a result of SBLP’s comprehensive audit, which focused on six key areas: waste reduction, water and energy conservation, transportation solutions and pollution prevention. The firm created a “Green Team” of attorneys and staff to develop achievable changes to challenge all personnel to take a moment to think before they consume.
“Lawyers not only have a tendency to use too many words, but also to use too many pieces of paper, printing and reviewing multiple drafts of legal documents even for just minor changes, just to be safe,”,” said Michael Radin, a TBHR member and participant on the Green Team. “Our entire staff, particularly the members of our Green Team, are to be commended for embracing the changes we incorporated to reduce our carbon footprint and achieve our objective of becoming a Sustainable Business Leader.”
TBHR received its official certification in a ceremony on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s offices at Boston City Hall. James Hunt, the Boston Chief of Environmental and Energy Services, presented the official certification of ‘Sustainable Business Leader’ to the graduating companies, which in addition to TBHR included:
- Beacon Hill Athletic Club
- City Feed and Supply
- Economy Hardware
- Fornax Bakery
- Howard/Stein – Hudson Associates, Inc
- New Boston Fund
- State Room
“What’s been an enlightening part about this process is the need to educate others on the lots of little things we can do that collectively have a huge impact,” said Jennifer Civitella Hilario, an associate and member of the firm’s Green Team. “Thanks to SBLP and our Green Team, we’re a greener company and have a group in place actively looking for ways to improve the efficiency of our energy use.”
The SBLP was formed in 2008 via collaboration between the DEP and the BRA. SLBP has worked with more than 60 businesses to become sustainable leaders in the community. Each business completes SBLP’s rigorous assessment and receives personalized technical assistance over a six-month period before becoming eligible for the Sustainable Business Leader status.
For more information on the SBLP, visit http://www.sustainablebusinessleader.org.
About Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C.:
Formed in 1991, Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C. is committed to providing high quality, comprehensive legal services to its clients. With a breadth and depth of experience and perspective usually found only at larger law firms, Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers. P.C. offers sophisticated legal counsel to entrepreneurs, businesses, individuals, families, and institutions.
Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers’ areas of expertise include corporate law and business transactions, litigation and dispute resolution, estate planning, taxation, real estate, municipal law, and hospitality law.
The offices of Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C. are located at 101 Huntington Avenue, Prudential Center, in Boston, MA 02199. For additional information, please call 1-617-218-2000, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.tbhr-law.com.