Legally Green®



We have a unique perspective on how sustainability issues are transforming corporate culture, decision-making and operations.

Our approach

Nixon Peabody takes a holistic approach to sustainability. We provide integrated services across legal, scientific and engineering disciplines to help our clients deliver sustainable technologies, products and solutions. We drive sustainability throughout our own organization, seeking to reduce our environmental impact. And we strive to be thought leaders and corporate citizens, sharing our experience and partnering with stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges.

Work

Nixon Peabody is a leader in helping clients mitigate sustainability-related risks, transform their operations and pursue business opportunities that create long-term value for their organization. We provide advice in areas such as sustainable infrastructure, tax credits, cleantech, green building design, construction, leasing, reporting and disclosure, sustainable supply chains, validation of green claims, and renewable energy project development and finance.

Team

Being responsible stewards of our environment is part of our firm culture. We have identified priority areas and implement sustainable policies and practices firmwide, continuously challenging ourselves to be creative and innovative. We have been recognized “as a pioneer in sustainability . . . the law firm benchmark for effective strategy and execution.”

Ideas and Connecting

At Nixon Peabody we share our experiences and best practices and partner with local and global stakeholders on joint sustainability initiatives. Our attorneys are sought out for speaking engagements and to serve nonprofit organizations with a sustainability mission. We are frequently recognized as the “go-to firm” for domain knowledge in this space.

Who we work with

  • Investors and developers of renewable energy projects such as solar, geothermal and wind
  • Manufacturers looking to improve operational efficiency while reducing emissions, water and waste
  • Businesses trying to manage sustainability-related risks such as climate change, supply chain and license-to-operate
  • Marketers of green products and services responding to regulatory enforcement and private litigation regarding environmental claims
  • Builders of commercial and large residential buildings negotiating green building design and performance contracts
  • Companies pursuing innovative financing for sustainable capital projects
  • Institutions using demand response to provide energy reliability and additional revenue
  • Businesses seeking access to capital for innovative technology and solutions
  • Public and private companies reporting under voluntary and mandatory disclosure frameworks
  • Middle market companies responding to sustainable supply chain demands

Recognition

  • Recipient of Most Improved and Highest Score awards (2014 and 2012) for participation in A Better City’s Challenge for Sustainability. Also recognized by ABC for leadership in employee engagement and energy conservation.
  • Recipient of the Stakeholders’ 2014 GOBY Award for Building Sustainability Communities, designed to recognize exemplary volunteer services in New York’s Capital Region
  • Founding member of Professional Services Sustainability Roundtable
  • Founding member of Law Firm Sustainability Network
  • The first law firm to participate in EDF Climate Corps, an innovative fellowship program that helps build the business case for energy efficiency
  • Piloted American Bar Association’s Sustainability Framework for Law Organizations
  • LEED® certification for four offices, including LEED Silver and Gold
  • Ranked #3 in Vault’s 2012 List of The Best Law Firms to Work For: Green Category
  • Recognized in 2011 by Computerworld as one of the top 12 green IT organizations
  • Highlighted in Vault’s Guide to Green Business Programs
  • Partner in Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership
  • Early adopter of ABA/EPA Law Office Climate Challenge, undertaking best practices for office paper management

Solar Power Access: A Matter of Justice

Washington Lawyer | March 01, 2020

This in-depth profile of New Partners Community Solar features Nixon Peabody’s role in the project and quotes Washington, DC, Community Development Finance senior counsel Jeff Lesk and senior counsel Herb Stevens.

Can DC meet its ambitious solar energy goals?

Washington City Paper | February 24, 2020

This article quotes Washington, DC, Community Development Finance partner Jeff Lesk discussing the social impact of NP Community Solar, which was the first project to join Washington’s community solar program and has expanded to several commercial rooftops throughout the district.

Deals & Dealmakers: Ugly buildings offer greatest rewards, says Brookfield’s Ric Clark

Real Estate Weekly | February 19, 2020

This article mentions Nixon Peabody in connection with New Partners Community Solar’s collaboration with Brookfield Properties to install solar panels on downtown rooftops in Washington, DC, and convert the energy generated into utility bill credits for low-income families.

The General Counsel’s Big Opportunity to Protect Reputation: 6 Tips

Corporate Counsel | December 16, 2019

This article, covering six tips for general counsel to fortify their corporate reputations, cites New Partners Community Solar Corporation as an example of effectively collaborating with others for greater impact. The authors mention Nixon Peabody’s collaboration with the District Department of Energy & Environment, Brookfield Properties, National Housing Trust Community Development Fund, Enterprise Community Partners, and Sol Systems in forming NP Community Solar.

2019 Building Tours: D.C. solar for all

Better Buildings ( U.S. Department of Energy) | August 06, 2019

The blog post from the U.S. Department of Energy chronicles a recent solar-focused learning session, hosted by New Partners Community Solar at Nixon Peabody’s Washington DC office.

DC affordable housing building gets solar panels, 'resilience center'

NBC 4 Washington | July 25, 2019

This broadcast news clip highlights New Partners Community Solar, the Nixon Peabody-adjacent nonprofit creating innovative sustainability projects throughout Washington, DC. New Partners helped to develop a ‘resilience center’ in a DC-area affordable housing complex, which will keep residents connected to key services and emergency resources in the event of a power grid disruption.

Introducing the resiliency center

National Housing and Rehabilitation Association | July 20, 2019

This story mentions New Partners Community Solar, the nonprofit founded in 2017 by senior counsel Herb Stevens and Community Development Finance partner Jeff Lesk, both of Washington, DC. New Partners played a crucial role in the development of the city’s first affordable housing resiliency center—a suite of rooms available to all residents that provides an emergency power supply for residents to use during disasters or outages.

This DC apartment building provides low-income families with solar power and a resilience center

Greater Greater Washington | June 27, 2019

This article highlights the work of New Partners Community Solar to establish a resiliency center in a low-income housing development in Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. The center is designed to power essential services, such as lighting and communications, for up to three days after a disruption to the public power grid.

D.C. CRE leaders on the lending environment, architecture trends, PropTech and more

Bisnow | September 30, 2018

Washington DC Office Managing Partner Colette Dafoe and Community Development Finance partner Jeff Lesk are mentioned in this story about the DCSolar project, which began on Nixon Peabody’s rooftop and has expanded throughout the District.

IREC announces 2018 3iAward recipients at Intersolar

Solar Power World | July 10, 2018

Washington DC partner Jeff Lesk and senior counsel Herb Stevens, both of the Community Development Finance Group, are mentioned in this story after NPSolar was named Community/Shared Renewables Project of the Year by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

How a DC law firm installed solar panels to help low-income people save on utilities

Washington Post | May 10, 2018

Nixon Peabody’s pro bono solar panel project is featured in this article.  Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner Jeff Lesk and senior counsel Herb Stevens are quoted throughout this feature which highlights how this first-of-its-kind project benefits low-income residents in the DC community.

Nixon Peabody seeks to benefit the poor with its solar panels

ABA Journal | May 10, 2018

Washington DC partner Jeff Lesk and senior counsel Herb Stevens are mentioned in this article about the NP Solar program, which uses solar panels placed atop DC-area buildings to produce electricity and cost savings for low-income residents.

DC law firm uses its own panels to cut others' power bills

Energy & Environmental News | May 10, 2018

Nixon Peabody’s pro bono solar panel project is featured in this trade publication for energy and environment professionals. Washington, DC tax credit finance and syndication senior counsel Herb Stevens is quoted and partner Jeff Lesk is mentioned.

What New Brunswick companies should know about New England’s building sector

Opportunities NB Blog | December 14, 2017

This Q&A features Boston M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Chris Keefe and recaps his presentation about doing business in the U.S. at Greenbuild, a conference focused on sustainable building and design.

Responding to sustainability surveys A primer for suppliers

Supply Chain Management Review | November 13, 2017

Albany energy and environmental associate Dana Stanton authored this overview of sustainability surveys that many companies send to suppliers to gauge their environmental efforts and performance.

Engie sparks off-grid light-bulb

Project Finance International | October 31, 2017

In an article on the expansion of off-grid solar power companies in Africa, Nixon Peabody is mentioned for advising PEG Africa in its $13.5M multi-currency syndicated loan.

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