Archive for January 4th, 2012

Recently our friends at Nutter McClennen & Fish let The Sustainable Lawyer (TSL) know they recently finished renovating their 4 floors of office space at their 155 Seaport Boulevard HQ. Nutter was committed to keeping the entire renovation process (including the temporary move) as green as possible, and the results speak for themselves. Nutter set goals to create a greener space, worked with their architect to make sure he was aware of their goals at every turn, took advantage of available energy savings in computers, lighting and appliances and looked for opportunities to accomplish greener results for the same or similar pricing wherever possible. They also were committed to selecting used products and integrating them with new items purchased (that met their green parameters). Nutter sent along some impressive pre and post renovation statistics to TSL, and we are happy to share them with you.

Nutter’s move was pretty daunting. They had each floor move to a temporary swing space while the renovations were being completed. Prior to that temporary move, they had “purging” days where staff took time out of their busy schedules to return items to their proper place, identify items that could be reused, and recycle those that could not. It was worth it. In total:

  • 75 books were returned to their library
  • 70 (65 gallon) bins of shredded paper were recycled
  • 6,445 boxes were sent to offsite storage
  • 40,000 files were reorganized
  • 800 binders, 700 hanging files and 500 pens and pencils were recaptured

When the actual move took place, it’s not surprising that Nutter stayed committed to their green efforts. No cartons or cardboard boxes here, Nutter used 980 crates and 455 carts for all the entire move, saving an estimated 8,444 corrugated cartons.

Nutter’s goals for the renovations were fairly standard. They wanted to refresh their design, update cabling, add larger conference space, create a new kitchen and café, expand their gym (ok, so maybe not ALL of it was standard), create satellite libraries for practice group areas and introduce new technology such as teleconferencing.

All in all, it doesn’t seem like changes that would result in drastic savings, right? Wrong. Let’s take a look.


  • Chose to remain in their existing space which saved over 50% of their built environment and all of the attorney office furniture. This saved:
    1. 115,000 lbs of construction waste from landfills
    2. 67,700 lbs of furniture waste from landfills
    3. 60K square feet of drywall,  equal to 1.5 acres
    4. 35, 190 linear feet of metal studs, equal to 6.7 miles
    5. approximately 16.3 miles of electrical cable
  • Reduced the overall energy on two public floors by 23%, saving 16,875 watts/hr of energy, which totals  42,000 kilowatts savings annually
  • Reused over 180 doors and 160 frames, translating into almost 10K square feet of wood veneer and almost a mile of aluminum frame.
  • Reused over an acre of ceiling tile and grid
  • Reused almost 1000 lf of metal files and bookshelves
  • Reused and repurposed existing furniture
  • Used carpet tile (which contains 18%-44% recycled content and is CRI Green Label Plus Certified) to cut down on waste and make it easier to replace

One of TSL’s major objectives is to show that “going green” isn’t just about helping the environment, but demonstrating that it makes good business sense and can save a considerable amount of money. Thanks, Nutter McClennen & Fish. You’re making our job easier.

If your firm or office is in need of renovations, it’s a great time to see if “going green” can save you some cash. It worked for Nutter.


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