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With nearly 800 employees in its Chesapeake Bay watershed offices (Richmond, Norfolk, and Washington, DC), Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is excited to be part of Businesses for the Bay. Under the leadership of the Firm’s “Green Ambassadors” that meet quarterly, the team undertakes activities designed to help reduce the firm’s environmental footprint and increase awareness of green practices. Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP encourages employees to think more broadly about ways to make the firm’s day-to-day operations more environmentally friendly. Those who come up with the best ideas are rewarded and their ideas may be adopted firm-wide! The various projects that the “Green Ambassadors” support involve and raise awareness among different levels of staff. In 2018, they published two Firm Green Newsletters that were emailed to all lawyers and staff firmwide and posted on their intranet site.
The “Green Ambassadors” are committed to decreasing the use of single-use plastic; all foam cups in the firm’s offices have been replaced with compostable versions that are made of 100% renewable materials. In 2018, no foam cups were ordered and staff were educated about the benefits of decreasing the use of single-use plastics.
In February 2018, they hosted the annual firmwide “Shred Week”, during which employees were encouraged to bring in their personal documents for shredding and recycling. Employees also took advantage of the extra shred bins on the floors to take care of any firm shredding projects.
In April 2018, they hosted Earth Day events across the firm’s offices that included a variety of educational elements, such as contests, visits by Master Gardeners and beekeepers, remarks by environmental practice attorneys, and more. During Earth Day 2018, the “Green Ambassadors” reminded staff members that they can use their community service leave time for related external events and other environmental nonprofit work throughout the year; at least 11 employees participated in environment-related events — some firm-sponsored and some sponsored by organizations in their individual communities.
The firm offered its Richmond lawyers and staff the opportunity to attend the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s June 2018 Cheers to the Chesapeake VIP reception that kicked-off the weekend’s Richmond Symphony Festival of the River. Three lawyers and one staff member attended the event.
The team regularly participates in clean-up efforts. In April 2017, they participated in a clean-up project at Pony Pasture Park in Richmond, which borders the James River. Twenty-five firm lawyers, staff and their families, along with other community volunteers, spent a rewarding morning picking up trash and pulling brush and weeds along the river bank. In November 2017, more than 50 firm members and their families joined other community volunteers to help restore Evergreen Cemetery, a historic African-American site in Richmond that has become overgrown and in disrepair over the years. Created in 1891, there are an estimated 5,000 plots in the cemetery, including the grave of Maggie Walker who was the first female bank president of any race to charter a bank in the United States.
Download the 2016 Hunton & Williams LLP- Gold B4B Member Press Release
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