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 Tasha Johnson at (216) 696-3525 ext. 2224.

The committee meets as needed.

Please Join Us: 11th Annual Greener Way to Work Day Luncheon

September 20th, 2019, noon at the CMBA Offices 
Attend / Sponsor  or > Download the Sponsorship Form

Come join us and a panel from the Cleveland Metroparks for an informative and fun-filled annual luncheon! 

Thank you to this year's sponsors!

Participating Firm/Office Table Sponsor:
Cady Reporting Services Inc.
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Jones Day
Murray & Murray
Squire Patton Boggs
Thompson Hine
Thrasher, Dinsmore, and Dolan
Tucker Ellis
Weltman, Weinberg, & Reis., LPA

Corporate Sponsors:
Classrooms to Corporations
Cleveland Metroparks
Microsoft Store 

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Green Sustainability Award

The GIC bestows this honor each year at its David Webster Greener Way to Work luncheon.

The award recognizes an individual, firm or organization 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.

Recipient need not be a lawyer or Green Certified Firm, but should be a one of the following: (1) a CMBA member, (2) an employee of a CMBA Green Certified firm/office,, or (3) a client, or employee of a client of a CMBA Green Certified Firm. There may be more than one recipient if candidates are deemed worthy of the honor. 

A donation will made to the Cleveland Metropark's Legacy Fund in honor of the recipient. The gift will help to support tree and wildlife plantings throughout the Metroparks.

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:

  • 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​

New this year, in 2019, the GIC announced changes ​to the award, which will recognize an individual, firm or office that has taken action towards sustainability.

Past Sustainability Award recipients:


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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Bill Thrush
Thompson Hine LLP




Committee Members:
Antoinette T. Bacon, United States Attorney's Office
Michelle Cook, Cady Reporting Services, Inc.
Sara Ravas Cooper, Walter | Haverfield LLP
Katy M. Franz, Eaton Corporation
Chris Hanwell, Cady Reporting Services, Inc.
Hon. Jim Kimbler
Ashley Cooper Kirk
Judith Walker Miles, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
Florence J. Murray, Murray & Murray Co., LPA
Tod A. Northman, Tucker Ellis LLP
Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Jeffery A. Schiffman
Carter E. Strang, Tucker Ellis LLP
Joseph Tarasco, Classrooms to Corporations
Dawn M. Tarka, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Staff Contacts: Tasha Johnson: & Madeline Poll: