WASHINGTON—The ASAE Foundation is collaborating with Green Seal and Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP to pilot an innovative Association Office Greening Program that will award up to 15 grants for workplace sustainability reviews. Applications are due August 15. The program is spearheaded and funded by a $25,000 grant from the law firm Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP.
“This generous and timely grants program aims to trigger a wider movement among associations to adopt environmentally sound office policies and procedures, so employees can work in healthy, eco-friendly environments,” said ASAE Executive Vice President and ASAE Foundation President & CEO Susan Robertson, CAE.
ASAE member associations of any size in the Washington, DC area are eligible to apply. The onsite visit and resulting report of recommendations for each winning organization will be executed by Green Seal, an environmental nonprofit that sets environmental leadership standards for products and services.
“We believe that associations with greener offices and enhanced awareness of employees about recycling will benefit in several ways including: improved compliance with applicable laws and best practices, better alignment with evolving member expectations toward socially responsible operations, and also help the planet,” added Jeff Glassie, FSAE, partner at Whiteford, Taylor, and Preston and co-chair of its Nonprofit Organizations and Associations practice.
A review team of representatives from Green Seal, ASAE and Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP will vet the applications and select up to 15 winning organizations using criteria developed by Green Seal.
“Many professionals have adopted environmentally responsible practices at home already, from curb-side recycling to use of energy-efficient lights,” says Green Seal President/CEO Arthur Weissman, Ph.D. “It makes sense that they would value employers that actively seek to reduce their associations’ impacts on the environment.”
Green Seal is a non-profit organization that uses science-based programs to empower consumers, purchasers and companies to create a more sustainable world.
About Whiteford, Taylor & Preston
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston represents a wide range of clients, including nonprofit organizations and associations, and provides advice on legal issues such as corporate governance, contracts, tax exemption, intellectual property, antitrust, certification, accreditation, employment, real estate, litigation, and other matters. Whiteford, Taylor & Preston has a tradition of giving back to its community through financial grants for worthy causes. The firm’s attorneys are active with ASAE as speakers, authors, and volunteers on Section Councils and committees.
About ASAE and ASAE Foundation
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit www.asaecenter.org.