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.

THANK YOU to all who attended 
David Webster's Greener Way to Work Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 30

Get Green Certified Green Sustainability Award 

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.

Greener Way to Work Luncheon

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

The Green Initiative Committee was pleased to welcome: 

Each speaker shared information on their sustainability initiatives as well as tips that are transferable to other organizations for reducing our environmental footprints. This annual luncheon also honored new and renewing Green and Green+ Certified Firms and included the presentation of the first Green Sustainability Award given to David E. Nash of McMahon DeGulis LLP.

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.

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors!

Table Sponsors
Cady Reporting Services, Inc.
McMahon DeGulis LLP
Murray & Murray Co., LPA
Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Thompson Hine LLP
Tucker Ellis LLP
Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA

Corporate Sponsors
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

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 

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Katy M. Franz
Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Tod Northman
Vice Chair
Tucker Ellis 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.
Caitlin Lanning
Judith Walker Miles, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
Florence J. Murray, Murray & Murray Co., LPA
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