Chapman and Cutler received Tier 1 recognition, the highest level of "green" achievement, in the City of Chicago's Green Office Challenge. The Challenge is part of the education and outreach initiative of the City of Chicago's much broader Climate Action Plan. The Firm received the recognition by satisfying 78 of 100 sustainability criteria in the Challenge, which included categories such as energy savings, property management, waste and recycling, transportation, and outreach and education. Achieving Tier 1 status is certainly an honor, and we are particularly proud of the sustainability efforts we made in order to get to this level.
Chapman and Cutler, along with the only three other Chicago law firms to have achieved Tier 1 status, was mentioned in a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article on the Challenge. The article featured David Schrodt, Chapman's sustainability partner, and Nancy Becker, the Firm's office services and facilities manager. Both Schrodt and Becker applauded Firm leadership and personnel for cutting down on paper usage, switching to more efficient lighting, starting a coffee grounds composting initiative, and generally jumping on board with being more environmentally sustainable. "It's really a reflection of who we are as a Firm," Schrodt said of Chapman's sustainability practices. "It's become part of our routine now."