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Kirkland is committed to lessening its environmental impact and advocating sustainability within the Firm. Our goal is to benefit our community and employees while setting the bar in our profession.

LEED Certification

Kirkland achieved the U.S. Green Building Council's® LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System certification for its Chicago and Palo Alto office interiors and is pursuing the distinction for other office construction projects. The LEED green building certification program measures and rates the environmental performance of buildings and interior spaces in six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design process.

The LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED CI) Rating System guided the build-out of Kirkland's Chicago and Palo Alto office interiors, influencing many of the sustainability initiatives listed below. The LEED system has helped Kirkland design and build healthy office environments in demonstration of the Firm's commitment to advancing sustainability goals and lessening its environmental impact.

Recycling Program

We are committed to reducing paper use and recycling office supplies. Materials with recycled content, such as floor tile, carpet and furniture are utilized throughout our offices. By partnering with an IT asset recovery company, we dispose of computer equipment in a safe and secure manner. We also encourage employees to dispose of cell phones and batteries in an environmentally responsible fashion by providing collection bins in our office space.

In our LEED certified space, our waste streams were analyzed in accordance with LEED CI's Storage and Collection of Recyclables credit, and convenient collection areas have been provided to process plastic, paper, glass and other recyclable products.

In addition, the offices' use of materials with recycled content, such as furniture and furnishings, was guided by LEED CI's Recycled Content credit.

Environmentally Responsible Paper Products

All Kirkland offices procure paper made from recycled content or certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. These organizations certify that paper has been produced from forests managed to promote conservation, water quality and biodiversity.

ENERGY STAR Qualified Office Equipment

The machines used throughout our offices eliminate wasted energy through energy-efficient designs and automatic entry into low-power mode when not in use. In our LEED-certified offices, ENERGY STAR Qualified equipment was installed in accordance with LEED CI's Optimize Energy Performance — Equipment and Appliances credit.

The office equipment, electronics and commercial food service equipment used throughout our offices eliminate wasted energy through energy-efficient design and automatic entry into low-power mode when not in use.

Kirkland Green Teams

Kirkland’s Green Teams identify and implement many of the Firm’s sustainability efforts. Resident in the Firm’s Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., offices, Kirkland’s Green Teams consist of attorneys and administrators from all areas of the Firm. The teams meet regularly to identify ways to increase the environmental efficiency of Kirkland’s internal functions and organize educational events for employees. They also partner with external green organizations to advance the Firm’s sustainability influence within local communities. Through this work, Kirkland’s Green Teams keep the Firm’s green efforts current, varied and responsive to requests from employees and clients alike.

Employee Participation

All personnel receive email tips offering suggestions for green office practices, and we invite employees to submit their green ideas to an eSuggestion Box. We have also created an internal website to educate Kirkland personnel about sustainability and policies.

Charitable Giving

Many green-minded organizations have benefited from monetary support from the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the California Academy of Sciences, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Keep America Beautiful, the National Audubon Society, the National Park Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the Rainforest Alliance and the World Wildlife Fund.

Kirkland Green Day

Kirkland Green Day is an annual event held in the Firm's Chicago office. Representatives from external green organizations are invited to discuss their sustainable practices. The day also serves as an opportunity to educate employees about the Firm's sustainability.

Law Firm Sustainability Network

Kirkland is a pilot member of the Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN), a nonprofit organization of global law firms committed to promoting the benefits of environmental sustainability within their firms and throughout the legal industry. The LFSN’s mission is to develop key performance indicators, foster knowledge-sharing, develop best practice guidelines and recognize innovation regarding environmental sustainability within the legal industry. The LFSN allows Kirkland the opportunity to enhance its sustainability program and act as a leader in developing best practices. Through participation in the LFSN, Kirkland has supported the global Earth Hour Initiative to reduce power consumption, test-piloted the LFSN’s legal industry sustainability benchmarking standards and promoted legal industry Earth Day initiatives via social media.


ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge Partner. Our Chicago office has been recognized as an ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge Partner in two categories: Best Practices for Office Paper Management and ENERGY STAR. As a Best Paper Practices Partner, we
commit to environmentally responsible paper management procedures. As an
ENERGY STAR Partner, we commit to implement an energy management
strategy to reduce electricity usage by at least 10 percent.

Data Center Efficiency Projects. Working with Hawkeye Energy Solutions and local commercial energy providers, Kirkland undertook measures to significantly improve the Firm’s data center's energy efficiency in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., by installing a monitoring system, upgrading the center's cooling system controls and merging existing uninterruptible power supply systems. The data centers, which power Kirkland’s computing operations, are one of the largest sources of the Firm’s electricity consumption. Total energy savings to date are equivalent to the annual electricity usage of more than 400 homes, the annual greenhouse gases of more than 650 cars, or the annual greenhouse gases of more than 1,100 tons of landfill waste.

Hines "Green Office." Our Chicago office also successfully completed the Hines "Green Office" Tenant Guide. Hines implemented this voluntary program to encourage sustainability within their tenant spaces worldwide.

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