Leech Tishman Chooses Pennsylvania Wind
First Law Firm in the Region to be a “Leader” in ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge
PITTSBURGH, PA – Leech Tishman recently became the first local law firm to be recognized as Pittsburgh’s only Leader in the American Bar Association (“ABA”) – Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Law Office Climate Challenge. Leech Tishman received this recognition when it agreed to purchase renewable energy credits from Pennsylvania wind farms, equal to 100 percent of its Pittsburgh office annual energy use, and implemented numerous other sustainable office initiatives. These credits, purchased through EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc., ensure that Leech Tishman is taking a leadership role in both environmental responsibility and Pennsylvania economic development. The firm is also recognized as a Leader with the EPA’s Green Power Partnership.
“The choice to purchase Pennsylvania wind is an affirmation of our firm’s dedication to responsible development of Pennsylvania’s energy resources,” stated Kenneth C. Foltz, Sr., partner at Leech Tishman and leader of the firm’s Green Initiative. “Not only will this commitment help reduce our environmental impact, but it also supports the growing Pennsylvania wind industry employing thousands of workers across the Commonwealth.”
EverPower, through an industry effort called ChoosePAWind, continues to work with businesses, non-profit organizations and even local government on transactions such as this. ChoosePAWind was launched early in 2012 to educate businesses and residents about local wind energy purchases.
“Today, many businesses believe that green energy is important. They want their customers and employees to know that they care about their impact on the environment,” said Jim Spencer, President and C.E.O. of EverPower. “But EverPower and our partners in ChoosePAWind can go a step further and offer businesses an opportunity to go green and support local energy production and economic development. We want buyers to know exactly which facilities their purchase supports.”
The ABA – EPA Law Office Climate Challenge was created in March 2007 by the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is co-sponsored by the ABA Law Practice Management Section. The goal of this program is to encourage environmental practices including switching to green power and participating in EPA’s Green Power Partnership program. As stated on the Law Office Climate Challenge website, the program covers four areas: “Conserve energy. Support renewables. Stop wasting all that paper. Do something about global warming.”
ChoosePAWind is an initiative to encourage energy consumers in the state to power their businesses and homes with energy from Pennsylvania wind farms. Its mission is to educate consumers about the environmental and economic benefits of using local, Pennsylvania-sourced wind energy. More support means more wind farms in Pennsylvania, bringing more jobs, investment dollars, and economic stimulus to local communities while producing zero emissions. For more information, visit www.choosepawind.com.
Leech Tishman is a firm dedicated to providing full-service commercial legal services to individuals, businesses, and institutions. We combine a deep understanding of our clients and their businesses with skilled legal counsel to find solutions. We offer legal services in alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, construction, corporate, employment, energy, environmental, safety & toxic torts, estates & trusts, government relations, insurance coverage & corporate risk mitigation, litigation, real estate, and taxation. For more information call 412.261.1600 or visit www.leechtishman.com.