Back in fall of 2011, BBA President Lisa Goodheart convened the BBA’s Environmental Sustainability Task to look at the issue of environmental sustainability and determine how the BBA can contribute to the “greening of the profession.” Two principal ways to accomplish this goal are 1) gathering evaluating and presenting green practices for lawyers and law firms and 2) creating public service and pro bono opportunities focused on environmental sustainability. The solution to number 1? – you’re looking at it. The Sustainable Lawyer (TSL) was started to help to create a conversation about sustainability as well as provide green tips, practical examples of law firms and businesses embracing sustainability, and so on. Not to toot our own horn, but we think we are doing a pretty good job at it. As you can see, however, that is only one aspect of the Task Force’s charge. On the public service front, TSL is happy to be the bearer of good news and fill you in on a recent project the Task Force participated in — the Earth Day Trailhead Renovation at the Roslindale Wetlands Urban Wild.
On April 20th, task force volunteers teamed up with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department to make the trek to Roslindale’s “urban wild” (sounds kinda spooky, doesn’t it?) — 10 acres of forested wetland habitat held by the Boston Conservation Commission. Volunteers removed invasive plant species, reworked trails, helped prep the land for future plantings and even helped haul heavy boulders in an effort to make the wetlands a more inviting place for the local community to enjoy nature in an urban setting. Their hard work did not go unnoticed. Paul Sutton of the City of Boston Parks Department was quoted as saying: “Thank you! What a great group of Boston Bar Association participants this year! With your enthusiasm and energy, we were able to significantly transform the trail head at the 10-acre oasis.”
Well done, task force! TSL is keeping its ears to the ground to let our readers know about what’s next on the agenda.