Environmental Responsibility

GreenSpring Legal is dedicated to the philosophy of sustainability and environmental responsibility, viewing it as an ethical duty. This means more than just representing clients seeking to protect the environment and ensuring that our clients comply with all applicable environmental regulations. It means a commitment to minimizing the firm’s impacts, seeking out sustainably-sourced materials, and getting actively involved in community clean-up efforts. We are committed to practicing what we preach in order to help ensure a cleaner, brighter future. We firmly believe that greener business is better business, and intend to prove it.

Many of the firm’s clients are similarly dedicated to reducing environmental impacts, both their own and of those who elect to ignore the environmental protections enshrined in law. GreenSpring Legal aims to facilitate any and all efforts to prevent pollution whenever possible. Whether it is negotiating agricultural leases or consulting on corporate compliance, the firm takes care to promote environmental responsibility, both on behalf of its clients and in those it interacts with on their behalf. We prioritize providing environmentally-friendly services in our representation of clients, and take care to keep up-to-date on the latest best practices.

GreenSpring Legal’s commitment to the environment extends to our customers, our staff, and the community in which we operate.  We commit ourselves, as a baseline for responsible practice, to:

* Complying with all applicable environmental regulations;
* Preventing pollution whenever possible;
* Training all of our staff on our environmental program and empowering them to contribute and participate;
* Communicating our environmental commitment and efforts to our customers, staff, and our community; and  
* Continually improving over time by striving to measure our environmental impacts and by setting goals to reduce these impacts each year.

GreenSpring Legal is a proud member of the Maryland Green Registry

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Ellicott City Flood

This past Saturday’s flash-flooding in Ellicott City is heartbreaking, and our hearts go out to the victims. GreenSpring Legal is proud to be a donor to the Ellicott City Partnership‘s campaign to assist the flood victims. Those of you who wish to assist may donate here.

This flood comes as a tragic reminder of the impacts that development has on a watershed’s capacity to process storm events; particularly high-intensity storm events.  Ellicott City has historically suffered a major flood (from either the Patapsco River or Tiber Creek) about once every ten years (more or less), but this was beyond anything in living memory (approximately 6″ of rain in 2 hours translates to a thousand-year storm event for even a 3-hour storm).  The City was originally a mill town, and the river running through it has been strictly channelized, leading to faster water flow and nowhere for floodwaters to spread out and dissipate their force.

When faced with a storm event of this caliber, though, even a separate storm sewer system is likely to be inadequate, and the victims have to deal with the environmental health hazards of contaminated water (in addition to the fact that there is quite a lot of rapidly-moving water where it’s not supposed to be).  The “Smart Growth” initiative is laudable, but the current approach encourages densities beyond anything our current stormwater infrastructure can handle.  Here in the Mid-Atlantic region (as well as the New England region), we are likely to see an increasing frequency of high-intensity storm events due to climate change. It is vital that we adjust our approach to development accordingly, or this tragedy is likely to repeat itself across the Eastern Seaboard in various forms.

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