Parramatta-based Coleman Greig has become the first law firm in New South Wales to achieve bronze membership in the NSW Government Sustainability Advantage Recognition Scheme.
The firm's sustainability efforts were recognised at a breakfast hosted by the Department of Environmental Climate Change and Water (DECCW) to coincide with World Environment Day on Thursday 3 June.
Coleman Greig achieved a number of simple and practical outcomes including a reduction in paper and power use to qualify for their membership in the state-wide program.
Improving document layout, using double-sided printing when possible and upgrading to energy efficient computer hardware are all moves that have made a dramatic difference in the resource and energy efficiency of the firm.
"The initiative has not only made an impact on our professional and personal habits but our suppliers have had to prove their 'green credentials' to help us to achieve our sustainability objectives. It is rewarding to know that our internal demand is helping to change the wider culture of the business community in Western Sydney," said Coleman Greig's managing principal, Peter Stewart.
Established in 2007, the DECCW's programs were implemented to help businesses cut energy use, lower power bills, improve sustainability and reduce their impact in the environment. The DECCW has established a group of businesses that meet on a regular basis to share ideas, resources and collective learnings related to environmentally sustainable business practice.
"Businesses are realising the benefits of sustainability, with a combined $13 million saved to date through improved energy and resource efficiency," said DECCW acting director general Simon Smith.
"The 428 Sustainability Advantage members have also saved 31,000 tonnes of carbon pollution, more than 420 million litres of water, 2,400 tonnes of raw materials and diverted 6,000 tonnes of waste from landfill."