S&C is committed to sustainability—it’s part of our commitment to our communities, our clients and our business. We believe in protecting our natural environment and creating a more sustainable future. For more than 10 years, S&C has committed to green cleaning products that meet the Green Seal GS-37 standard. And our reliance on motion light sensors has reduced our electricity consumption. In fact, we have earned certifications that recognize energy conservation and other efforts to create healthy, efficient and cost-saving green buildings. S&C’s New York headquarters is LEED Gold Certified, Energy Star Certified, WiredScore Platinum certified for connectivity, and Fitwel certified.
Every member of the Firm plays a vital role in our efforts to reduce and mitigate the environmental impacts of our activities. Partners, associates and professional staff come together to focus our efforts on reducing carbon emissions, consuming less energy and other natural resources, and promoting the health of our people and the communities in which we live and work. Our General Practice Group transitioned to online only research documents and eliminated hard copy paper handouts in Firm presentations and we use double-sided printing when hard copies are required. We also reduced our consumption of disposable plastic water bottles.
We are continually evaluating other ways to enhance the sustainability of our operations. In line with this, S&C has established an Environmental Task Force comprising personnel from across our international offices to identify and implement a variety of sustainability initiatives. We also make disclosures on our environmental impacts through CDP, which enhances our ability to continue to improve our sustainability efforts.
S&C’s Environmental Principles promote:
- Mitigation of climate change, through reduction of our direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions,
- Resource conservation, through reduction of our energy consumption,
- Forest and natural resource conservation, through reduction, reuse and recycling of paper and other commercial products, and
- The health of our people and the public, through office design, construction and operational practices that reduce air emissions, water consumption and exposure to hazardous substances.