Young Lawyers Division-led program to celebrate Earth Day 2012
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah State Bar is offering Utah lawyers an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day and do a little spring cleaning at the same time, with a free E-waste recycling event this Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Bar’s Young Lawyers Division is working with Salt Lake City’s Metech Recycling to provide a staging area at the Utah Law & Justice Center, 645 South 200 East in Salt Lake City, where all Utah State Bar Members can drop off unwanted electronic equipment.
“As lawyers, we rely heavily on laptops, cell phones and other devices to do our jobs,” said Jon Clyde, who is helping spearhead the effort on behalf of the Young Lawyers Division. “But as we move on to the latest technology, we leave a lot of electronic waste behind. The Young Lawyers Division wanted to give our colleagues a chance to dispose of that equipment properly, while also getting a jump on our spring cleaning.”
Items that can be recycled at the Saturday event include cameras, cell phones, circuit boards, computers, docking stations, external CD-ROM drives and modems, fax machines, floppy drives, hard drives, keyboards, L.C.D. flat screens, monitors, printers, overhead projectors, palm pilots or other handheld devices, scanners, typewriters and televisions.
The Utah State Bar has made a commitment to being an environmental leader within the legal community. The Bar uses energy-saving light bulbs, turns off lights after hours and on weekends, purchases biodegradable disposable cutlery and utilizes xeriscaping to conserve water. Further, the Bar recently replaced 10 percent of its annual electricity usage with renewable energy – an offset equivalent to planting 591 trees a year.
With more than 10,000 members, the Utah State Bar’s mission is to represent lawyers and to serve the public and legal profession by promoting justice, professional excellence, civility, ethics and respect for an understanding of the law.
The Young Lawyers Division comprises members of the Utah State Bar in good standing and under 36 years of age, as well as members who have been admitted to their first state bar for less than five years, regardless of age. For more information, visit www.utahyounglawyers.org.