Initiatives

ALANYC works with members, business partners and local organizations on initiatives to support our community, create social impact, promote inclusion and healthy living and champion environmental awareness.

Upcoming Events

Annual Attorney Luncheon March 12, 2019 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. SECOND 849 6th Avenue (Between 29th and 30th Street) New York, NY 10001 Keynote: Joseph K. West, Esq. Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Duane Morris LLP Register here.

Sustainability Team

ALANYC G.R.E.E.N. Campaign

Great Returns on Environmental Efforts & Notions

The 2018-2019 ALANYC Sustainability Team launched the GREEN Campaign in an effort to raise awareness and mobilize law firms to consider their eco footprints.

The three-step program is designed to “green” the Chapter by providing guidelines on best practices; raise awareness through informational email blasts to the membership that can be shared with member firms; and collaborate with other teams, business partners and external organizations to increase engagement and visibility.

To date, the Sustainability Team has done the following:

  • In April 2018, several informational email blasts were sent to the membership to highlight Earth Day and Earth Month.
  • In June and again in September (by popular demand), we joined forces with the fitALANYC Team for two Step Challenge events. Participating Chapter members and business partners were randomly placed on teams and asked to walk and track their steps on a daily basis.  In addition to a wellness initiative, walkers were encouraged to eschew motorized forms of transportation and use their feet instead – a way to both save the environment and appreciate Mother Nature.  For the September Challenge, participants were also asked to take their best nature photos along their routes.  The photos were then entered into a photo contest and members and business partners voted for their favorite.
  • We collaborated with the Law Firm Sustainability Network (lfsnetwork.org) on numerous events throughout the year including: a CSR Survey, participation in a composting webinar, a CSR presentation at a luncheon program and a LEED Gold certified “field trip” to the Nixon Peabody offices in midtown Manhattan.  Over 35 attendees enjoyed the wonderful tour and posed questions to Nixon’s space design team who were all on hand for the event.  The LFSN was also instrumental in assisting with the Step Challenges.
  • In Spring 2019, we will collaborate with the NWEI (Northwest Earth Institute, nwei.org) for an Earth Day Eco Challenge. Like the Step Challenge, participants will be placed on random teams and asked to choose from a variety of eco-friendly challenges that they pledge to complete on a daily basis.  These range from water conservation (taking shorter showers) to energy conservation (turning lights off) to pollution reduction (carpooling) and many more.  Teams earn points by completing challenges each day.  These small actions yield significant collective impact over the period of the Challenge.  The Challenge is international in scope and will not only provide a great learning experience for participants, but will also provide the Chapter with some visibility.