For more than a decade we’ve been supporting strategies for strong corporate citizenship. At Quarles & Brady, sustainability means considering the environmental, economic, and social impact of the firm’s business practices—both internally and externally—when making business decisions.
The firm actively supports building management practices to drive greater sustainability outcomes, resulting in 5 of our 10 office buildings earning LEED certification. We also thoughtfully develop and engage in internal efforts to reduce waste and energy consumption, increase our recycling efforts around consumable and non-consumable office resources, and raise awareness among our Quarles & Brady team.
Each office has:
- Formal shredding and recycling programs for paper, toners, and other consumables
- High-efficiency equipment, including Energy Star appliances in kitchens
- Recycled paper for use in copiers and printers
- Incentives for commuters
- Warehouse file reduction programs
- Strategies to replace disposable plates, bowls, glass, and flatware
- Programmed HVAC schedules for off-hours work
Our Washington, D.C. office is leading the way with its completely paperless environment—in fact there is no file room at all. It’s not just the removal of paper, but the enhancement of overall processes to optimize efficiency. In addition, all reduced-energy LED lights are on timers; sinks are automatic; and bottled water has been eliminated in favor of a simple water dispenser.
SPOTLIGHT: Milwaukee Office
Over a three-year renovation program, the Milwaukee office not only integrated low energy fixtures and other “green” technologies, it also donated more than six semi-truckloads of office furniture and equipment to 43 local nonprofits, shredded and recycled 12,000 boxes of files, and reused building materials whenever possible.
We are proud of our team’s diligence and creativity in continually moving the bar on our sustainability efforts.