Proud to be an Oregon-based firm, Tonkon Torp’s core values reflect our home state's position at the forefront of sustainability. The firm's commitment to identifying and implementing sustainable practices is long-standing, but we also recognize that this is an on-going effort.
For more than a decade, Tonkon Torp has demonstrated leadership in increasing awareness of and participation in initiatives that encourage sustainability. Our internal Sustainability Committee, formed in 1999, has continuously moved the firm toward comprehensive sustainable business practices. Tonkon Torp’s formally adopted Sustainability Policy includes commitments to ongoing education of attorneys and staff as well as explicit policies regarding purchasing, energy use and carbon reduction, business travel and commuting, waste reduction and use of green building materials in office space improvements.
Community Initiatives and Recognition
Tonkon Torp has shared its experiences and perspective with Portland’s business and civic communities, and more broadly with the legal profession. The firm has sponsored discussion courses and presentations on sustainability and, in 2006, shared best practices with the wider Oregon legal community by contributing to development of a suite of sustainable practice tools and checklists for Oregon Lawyers for a Sustainable Future.
Tonkon Torp lawyers and staff contribute their personal time and energies to such organizations as Oregon Lawyers for a Sustainable Future, Recycling Advocates, SCRAP, Bicycle Transportation Alliance and the Center for Earth Leadership. Our attorneys serve on the Portland/Multnomah County Sustainable Development Commission, which promotes policies to support sustainable economic development and sustainable internal government operations, and on the national editorial advisory board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record.
As a result of the firm’s ongoing internal, community and professional education and training efforts and sustainability practices, Tonkon Torp has been recognized for its leadership by numerous organizations.
- 2015-2018 Gold Certification from the City of Portland's Sustainability at Work program
- Oregon State Bar’s President's Sustainablity Award, bestowed in 2013 to Max M. Miller, Jr., founder of the firm’s internal Sustainability Committee
- Oregon Business magazine’s inaugural list of "100 Best Green Companies to Work For”
Oregon State Bar’s first Sustainable Leadership Award, bestowed in 2010 to Max M. Miller, Jr.
2008 RecycleWorks Award from Portland's Office of Sustainable Development
Some of the firm's internal sustainability activities include:
Completing a recent remodel of Tonkon Torp’s offices with sustainability and green practices explicitly implemented
Adopting an electronic file management system that minimizes the use of paper, and using DVDs and CDs for data storage wherever possible to further reduce our paper use
Purchasing environmentally friendly supplies, equipment and services
Stocking conference and break rooms with durable products rather than disposables
Offering lawyers and staff incentives to use mass transit, carpooling, car sharing and bicycles
Hosting workshops, classes and lunchtime discussions designed to encourage sustainable practices at home and in the office.
Replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED and compact fluorescent lamps
Organizing information sharing and team building activities such as SOLV (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) beach clean-ups and Tryon Creek Park ivy pulling