David Webster Greener Way to Work Day 2013

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Bar Association’s Green Initiative Committee Holds 5th Annual David Webster Greener Way to Work Day 

CLEVELAND – Sept. 17, 2013 – The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) will hold its 5th Annual David Webster Greener Way to Work Day on Monday, Sept. 23. Planned by the CMBA’s Green Initiative Committee, the day brings attention to the importance of and the legal community’s focus on sustainability.

David Webster Greener Way to Work Day invites members of the legal community and residents of the Cleveland metropolitan area to find a “greener” way to work, such as mass transit, carpooling or biking. Participants are encouraged to post photos of their commute to the CMBA’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/clemetrobar) and include us in tweets (@clemetrobar) with the hashtag #greenCMBA.

In addition, the CMBA will host will host a luncheon to honor new and renewing Green and Green+ certified firms/offices. To date, 50 law firms/offices have become CMBA Green or Green+ certified. This year, the CMBA is pleased to host Joseph A. Calabrese, Chief Executive Officer & General Manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), as our keynote speaker at the luncheon.

“This day emphasizes our need to reduce the impact of the legal community on the environment and it is one piece of the broader sustainability purpose of the Green Initiative Committee,” said Maureen A. Brennan, chair of the CMBA Green Initiative Committee and partner at BakerHostetler LLP. “We are pleased that our efforts, and the efforts of certified firms, have positively impacted the environment, helped law offices reduce costs, and positioned the CMBA as a "green leader" among bar associations. Each year, it is rewarding to celebrate those certified at our luncheon, but equally important to hear from others, like the RTA, about best practices and initiatives for sustainability.”

Sponsors of the luncheon include: BakerHostetler LLP; Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Cady Reporting Services, Inc.; Cleveland Metroparks; Jones Day; Calfee Halter & Griswold LLP; Squire Sanders (US) LLP; Tucker Ellis LLP; Walter | Haverfield LLP; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.; ERM; OfficeMax Workplace; Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, The Bike Rack, and Bike Cleveland.

The day in named in honor of David Webster, who 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.

For more information about the day, the Green Certification program and the Green Initiative Committee please visit www.clemetrobar.org/green.

About the CMBA 

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association is a nonprofit organization, operating as a center for legal professionalism in the region and promoting the highest ethical and professionalism standards. The CMBA has more than 6,000 members, with Cleveland being the largest legal community in the state.