Green Initiative Committee

The Green Initiative Committee (GIC) promotes efficient energy use and other environmentally responsible practices in the legal profession.

The committee's work positively impacts the environment, helps law offices reduce costs, adds value to client service, and has positioned the CMBA as a "green leader" among bar associations. We also invite you to check out the recent articles published in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal are available in the "articles and more" tab as well.

Since it began in 2008, the GIC has worked on a comprehensive CMBA Green Initiative, the center stone of which is a Green Certification Program. The Green Certification program now includes two certification levels. Applying for the two-year certification recognition is simple. See the "certification" tab for more information. The GIC also developed a Carbon Footprint Calculator for Legal Services Organizations. Download your free copy today!

For more information on the Green Initiative, please contact Rita Klein at (216) 539-3713.

The committee meets as needed.


Katy M. Franz
Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP


Committee Members:
Antoinette T. Bacon, United States Attorney's Office
David Brown, Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA
Michelle Cook, Cady Reporting Services, Inc.
Sara Ravas Cooper, Walter | Haverfield LLP
Chris Hanwell, Cady Reporting Services, Inc.
John A. Heer, Walter | Haverfield LLP
Caitlin Lanning
Judith Walker Miles, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
Florence J. Murray, Murray & Murray Co., LPA
Tod Northman, Tucker Ellis LLP
Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Jeffery A. Schiffman, Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Kara Soppelsa, Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA
Carter E. Strang, Tucker Ellis LLP
Dawn M. Tarka, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Bill Thrush, Thompson Hine LLP
Mary Ann Watts

Get Green Certified

The CMBA will certify participating firms/offices as Green, in accordance with the criteria laid out below. All local law firms/offices employing one or more CMBA members are eligible to apply for CMBA Green Certification. To have your firm or office CMBA Green Certified, a firm/office contact or administrator must demonstrate, in writing, that the firm/office is in compliance with the established criteria. Certified firms/offices will be recognized by way of an annual certificate and online at the CMBA website.

Requests for 2016-2018 certification are being accepted.

The Green Initiative Committee will recognize new and renewing firms/offices at the David Webster Greener Way to Work Day luncheon on Friday, September 30. Certified firms will be listed periodically in the CMBA Bar Journal and added to the list of certified firms below.

We encourage you to apply for CMBA Green Certification or Green+ Certification. For more information and certification criteria, check out the "Get Certified " tab below or contact Krista Munger at (216) 696-3525.

Greener Way to Work Week

The Green Initiative Committee (GIC) will host its 2016 Greener Way to Work Week September 26 - September 30. The week encourages everyone to find greener ways to commute to work one or more days that week. The GIC will cap off the week with its David Webster Greener Way to Work Luncheon on Friday, September 30 at the CMBA.

Join the conversation and share your photos on social media (#GreenCMBA and tag @CleMetroBar) and email any commute photos to Rita Klein.

We invite you to embrace daily themes all week long and encourage you to be part of the Committee’s mission to promote efficient energy use and other environmentally responsible practices in the legal profession.

Motivation Monday

You learn more from watching others! Share a video, post a blog, or tweet about what motivates you to be environmentally conscious.  Whether it is internal motivation, client satisfaction or money saved, share what you do to inspire others.

Tuesday Tips

Provide and share your Green tips, “how to” ideas, and resources. Be it pictures, info, links or more, spread the word on being “green.”

Work It Wednesday

Have everyone else be green with envy and wear green and post a picture with #GreenCMBA to help raise awareness of and share your successes in sustainability.

Throwback Thursday

Leverage this popular #tbt approach and show your “before and after” approach for sustainability. Have fun, be clever, and enjoy how far we’ve come in Cleveland.

Foodie Friday

Join us for lunch!  In connection with our annual luncheon, we’ll be highlighting information about sustainable practices related to food (farm to table, buying local, etc.) , we invite you to share info about sustainable practices (farm to table)(local food, etc.) here in the CLE.

Green Family Fun Day

The Green Initiative Committee hosted its first Green Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the CMBA Conference Center. This FREE event, including complimentary:
  • Movie showing of The Lorax
  • Pizza
  • Popcorn
  • Games
  • Prizes

We thank all of you for coming with your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews and friends for fun, food and learning! Resources were provided for greening your family's lifestyle and - as we are reminded by The Lorax - to help protect our environment.

Movie Synopsis:

This animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. (Rated PG)

Thank you to our sponsors

  • Cady Reporting Services
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Century Federal Credit Union
  • Avalon Document Services
  • Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.
  • Shea Photography

Greener Way to Work Luncheon

The 2016 luncheon will be held Friday, September 30 at noon at the CMBA.

The Green Initiative Committee is pleased to welcome: 

Join us to hear information on their sustainability initiatives as well as tips that are transferable to other organizations for reducing our environmental footprints.

This annual luncheon will also honor new and renewing Green and Green+ Certified Firms and include the presentation of the first Green Sustainability Award.

For information on how to get your firm/office certified or to view a complete list of certified firms/office, click on the "Get Certified" tab.

About David B. Webster
The luncheon honors the memory of David Webster. David was CMBA president-elect, a Green Initiative Committee member, founder of the Clean Air Conservancy and partner with the firm Webster Dubyak & Weyls Co., LPA. David passed away in March 2009 after a brief illness.

In 2011 and 2012, the luncheon included the reading and presentation of a Congressional Record proclamation in recognition of the David Webster Greener Way to Work Day.  

2015 luncheon photos
2014 luncheon photos
2013 luncheon photos
2012 luncheon photos
2011 luncheon photos 
2010 luncheon photos 

Green Sustainability Award

Nominations Are Open

Nominations are open for the first Green Sustainability Award. Winner(s) will be recognized at the David Webster Greener Way to Work luncheon on September 30. The 2016 award will recognize and individual who:

  1. demonstrates leadership by promoting efficient energy use and other environmentally responsible practices;
  2. used a unique approach to green practices; and
  3. implemented a green technique that is adaptable or adoptable by others.

Nominations for the award can be emailed to Krista Munger. Nominations are due by September 9.

Award History:

From 2010-2013 the Green Initiative Committee presented the CMBA Green Innovation Award, which recognized a firm/office that had taken action toward sustainability that goes beyond the requirements for CMBA Green Certification. In 2015, the GIC announced changes to the award and it will recognize its first Green Sustainability Award at the 2016 Greener Way to Work Luncheon.Changes to the award include:

  • Changing the name to the Green Sustainability Award 
  • Award will honor an individual, not a firm
  • Recipient can be a lawyer or non-lawyer
  • There may be more than one recipient if candidates are deemed worthy of the honor
  • Recipient(s) will be a CMBA member or an employee of a CMBA Green Certified firm/office

Past Green Innovation Award recipients:

  • 2013 - Squire Sanders (US) LLP (view entry)
  • 2012 - Squire Sanders (US) LLP (view entry)
  • 2011 - Roetzel & Andress, LPA
  • 2010 - Tucker Ellis LLP

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