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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.


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.


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


  • 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

Media Clips

  • DC Launches New Program to Encourage Green Business Practices | March 5, 2015
    Washington, DC, office managing partner Jeff Lesk is quoted in this article on the Smarter DC Challenge—an initiative seeking to facilitate private-sector development of sustainable practices by businesses and nonprofits. Nixon Peabody is noted as one of the program's participants.
  • Law Firm Sustainability: The Green Edge
    LMA Strategies | October 1, 2014
    The firm’s successful green efforts are highlighted in this feature article on law firm environmental and social consciousness.
  • People on the Move
    Boston Business Journal | July 10, 2014
    This news brief notes that Chief Sustainability Officer Carolyn Kaplan has joined the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board.
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  • Out of the Office
    Boston Business Journal | October 11, 2013
    This coverage notes that a team of attorneys and business leaders from Nixon Peabody and State Street volunteered on Lovells Island in the Boston Harbor. The team worked on restoring the habitat of the least tern, a rare seabird listed as a species of “special concern” under Massachusetts law.
  • Nixon's at it Again – Helps Create Law Firm Sustainability Network
    The Sustainable Lawyer | September 12, 2013

    This article highlights Nixon Peabody’s leadership role with the Law Firm Sustainability Network, an organization focused on promoting environmental sustainability in the legal industry. Chief Sustainability Officer Carolyn Kaplan serves on the board of the LFSN.

  • Law Firms Seeking Own Standard for Sustainability
    Providence Business News | September 9, 2013

    This article features Nixon Peabody and our involvement in the Law Firm Sustainability Network. Chief Sustainability Officer Carolyn Kaplan is quoted throughout the piece.

  • Law Firms Push for Environmental Sustainability
    Law360 | August 6, 2013

    Nixon Peabody is among the law firms highlighted in this story about the Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN). In addition to Nixon Peabody being a member of this organization and serving on LFSN’s Leadership Council, Chief Sustainability Officer Carolyn Kaplan serves as a board member for the LFSN.

  • Boston group shifts from 'Big Dig' to lowering commercial carbon emissions
    ClimateWire | June 18, 2013

    Chief Sustainability Officer Carolyn Kaplan discusses the firm’s participation in A Better City’s “Challenge for Sustainability” in a feature article profiling the nonprofit’s priorities to make Boston a sustainable leader.

  • Why Sustainability Execs Should Shun the S-Word | July 25, 2012

    This article highlights a new report aimed at understanding the skills, drivers, and internal collaboration strategies sustainability executives need to succeed. The group surveyed corporate sustainability leaders primarily from Fortune 100 companies. Nixon Peabody’s Chief Sustainability Officer Carolyn Kaplan was among those leaders who participated in this report.

  • Nixon Peabody Invests in Energy Efficiency
    The Sustainable Lawyer | May 31, 2012
    Boston Bar Association Sustainability Task Force member and firmwide chief sustainability officer Carolyn Kaplan discusses the firm’s participation in EDF Climate Corps, an innovative energy efficiency program.
  • Taking the Legal Route to Sustainability | April 15, 2012

    Chief Sustainability Officer Carolyn Kaplan is featured in this article discussing Nixon Peabody’s Legally Green initiative, the progress the firm has made, and the growing client demand for sustainability. This article is based on a recent Nature of Business radio program interview that focused on Carolyn.