Sustainability / Green Practice

The terms "sustainability" and "green" are becoming more commonly used by businesses from Fortune 500 companies to small, privately held businesses. The definition and application of the terms can be varied and often leave many feeling confused. However, organizations are finding that they must incorporate such concepts into their operations and buildings in order to thrive in the current economic and political environment.

Roetzel attorneys have been active in this area and on the cutting edge of these concepts for years. Our team of attorneys who assist clients with such issues represent a broad scope of specializations that allow a comprehensive approach, including real estate, land use, environmental, public law, tax, construction, litigation and product liability. We also advise clients regarding incorporating sustainability into the broader scope of organization policy and procedures. One of our attorneys is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Accredited Professionals and has been involved in the development and construction of LEED® projects. Other attorneys have broad experience with another form of classification, EnergyStar.

The concept of "sustainability" and "green" generally entails several facets, such as:

  • Environmental Impact - minimizing one's carbon footprint or the negative impact on the environment
  • Resource Management - conserving resources, incorporating renewable resources or materials and minimizing/eliminating waste products and recycling/reusing resources
  • Energy Conservation - maximizing the use of reusable or sustainable energy resources
  • Health - eliminating toxins and incorporating practices

Our People

Representative Matters

  • Acted as general counsel for a solar manufacturing facility
  • Represented a company in the acquisition of a historic building with the goal of obtaining LEED EB upon renovation, and explored municipal, state and federal incentives
  • Represented a consultant for green home certifications in addressing liability and contractual issues regarding professional services and drafting a standard form of consulting agreement
  • Drafted green leases and green provisions for commercial office and retail leases for a large national property management company
  • Represented two solar energy-related companies in the generation of renewable energy through solar panels
  • Represented a mezzanine stage company involved in the manufacture of highly efficient, batteries for hybrid electric vehicles and plug-in vehicles
  • Represented a company engaged in the development of a low energy method of semi-conductor chip manufacturing that reduces the energy consumption and other byproducts involved in production
  • Drafted a Renewable Energy Certificate Purchase Agreement involving the sale of solar photovoltaic energy credits from a user that generated those credits to a utility that purchased them
  • Acted as general counsel for the first building project that was pre-certified as LEED Platinum Core and Shell in Florida including:
    • guiding the project through the due diligence and acquisition of the real property
    • negotiated the contracts for consultants
    • involved in construction team meetings wherein the different options for LEED points towards certification were weighed and decided
    • drafted and negotiated the construction agreement
    • obtained entitlements and reviewed
    • negotiated the financing documents

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