Boston University School of Law

April 4, 2008


Susan Reid ('95) co-chairs new Energy and Environment Task Force

The Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) has announced the formation of the Energy and Environment Task Force, a dozen lawyers from across the state who will oversee the MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge.  As a staff attorney and director of the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Change Initiative for the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) in Boston, Susan Reid ('95) was the perfect candidate to serve as co-chair of this Task Force.

“I am so pleased that we are partnering with the Conservation Law Foundation to promote energy conservation and environmental consciousness among the Massachusetts legal community.  The effort will combine the expertise of CLF with the broad membership of the MBA,” said MBA President David White Jr. in a Lawyers Journal article. “Together, we can make a significant impact by reducing energy use and resource consumption.”

The Lawyers Eco-Challenge was unveiled by White in September, when he took office for the MBA’s 2007-08 association year.  It urges lawyers and law firms to commit to environmentally sustainable practices by following the MBA’s Green Guidelines to help reduce global warming.  The Guidelines have helpful tips to reduce energy and resource consumption, like encouraging the use of double-sided copies on lengthy documents and making sure computers are turned off after work. 

The MBA's pairing with the CLF on this initiative seems an obvious step. Founded in 1966, the CLF is the oldest regional environmental advocacy organization in the nation.  The nonprofit organization works to solve environmental problems that threaten New England by using law, economics and science to create innovative strategies to conserve natural resources, protect public health and promote vital communities in our region, according to the CLF’s Web site.

>>View the Massachusett Bar Association's Green Guidelines or take the Lawyers Environmental Pledge

Reported by Elizabeth Ress