Law School Joins Climate Challenge


The Law School has become the third law school in the country to participate in the American Bar Association-Environmental Protection Agency Law Office Climate Challenge. 

The program, which has over 100 participants, is open to law offices and law-related entities that adopt best practices for office paper management or participate in one or more of three EPA voluntary partnership programs. 

The Law School’s eligibility stems from the University’s membership in the EPA's WasteWise program.  WasteWise, launched in 1994, provides guidance to more than 2,000 partners on implementing innovative waste prevention and recycling techniques. 

Ramping up recycling

The Law School has recycled 22 percent of its waste stream thus far during the current fiscal year, compared to 13 percent for the same period last year.

“Suffolk University Law School is engaged in multiple initiatives to reduce our environmental impact, and we are pleased to be a new participant in the ABA-EPA Climate Challenge,” said Associate Dean John Deliso.

Environmental Law Society effort

The Law School’s Environmental Law Society advocated for participation in the Climate Challenge, and the school applied and was accepted into the program.

“The Environmental Law Society is proud that Suffolk University Law School’s efforts to be environmentally responsible have been recognized by the American Bar Association as meeting its Climate Challenge and hope that many schools choose to follow our lead,” said Samantha McDonald, vice president of the Environmental Law Society and a third-year law student.

The Climate Challenge is designed to encourage the conservation of energy and resources, as well as to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. The two-year pilot project was initiated in March 2007. 


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