Pickett Dummigan LLP Goes Green, the Brown Way

June 17, 2015 | By R. Brendan Dummigan of Pickett Dummigan LLP

Authored by Roselyn Moore*

I am happy to announce that Pickett Dummigan LLP is not only a leader on the legal front but we are also taking steps to become more environmentally conscious too. That’s right; we are going green, the brown way. Starting in June, we will begin composting our food scraps, including coffee grounds and filters.

Just because we work hard to help our clients doesn’t mean we’re excused from helping the planet. There is really very little reason not to compost as a business and we encourage other law offices to join us! Many of us Portland residents are already used to composting on a residential level. What many people don’t know is that the City of Portland also provides collection for business composting. The City even goes a step further to make composting easy for businesses.

“Sustainability at Work” is a program run by the City of Portland which offers free assistance for businesses to help them with the logistics of setting up a composting program at the office. They will also teach employees about what is and is not compostable. Learn more about this great program here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/sustainabilityatwork/.

I personally found this resource very helpful and my boss was excited to get started! (Here we are below)

Composting at the office is inexpensive because compost collection is already provided for by the city. Composting might even save your business money on garbage rates when you consider that as much as 40% of food is thrown away. We heartily encourage all fellow Portland Businesses to consider composting.

If you need more incentive to consider composting, just think about the following reasons taken from an article from the Washington Post:

· Organic waste (i.e. compostable/recyclable waste) is the 2nd largest contributor to the country’s landfills.

· Those same landfills are the single largest producer of methane emissions in the United States (contributor to global warming)

· Americans throw out more food than plastic, paper, metal or glass.

Source: Washington Post

When you choose to compost food instead of throwing it away, not only are you creating a reusable source of fertilizer that is good for the environment but you are also helping the city generate electricity through the JC Biomethane methane digester in Junction City (http://www.opb.org/news/article/new-rules-for-commercial-composting-in-portland-fo/).

Considering how much energy most businesses use, it only makes sense to give back.

Ok, I am stepping off my pulpit now. Although there are still a lot of ways in which we can help reduce the negative toll we are having on the environment, composting is one easy step we are taking to make this world a better place. We at Pickett Dummigan LLP are trying to do what we can and we are excited to see the positive results! We hope others will join us and make the legal community a more environmentally conscious place.

*Roselyn Moore (“Rose”) is a legal assistant at Pickett Dummigan LLP. She’s been working in the legal industry for about ten years and assists our attorneys with all aspects of a lawsuit. Rose also plays a big part in making the law office a great place to work. She helped plan a baby shower for our pregnant co-worker and she is also taking the lead in making our office a more sustainable place to work.