White & Case helps establish a proposed environmental
The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul, with the active involvement of Patriarch Bartholomew I, and senior executives
of two leading multinational companies are advancing an effort to establish a proposed international environmental foundation in a historic
wooden building that formerly housed the Büyükada Greek Orphanage of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate.
center in a historic Turkish building
When established, the Prinkipos Environmental Foundation will seek multidisciplinary solutions to pressing environmental issues facing the Mediterranean region. The Prinkipos Center will focus on three goals: the protection of natural resources and ecological systems; fair access to shared resources; and sustainable urban communities. Its programs will include symposia to establish dialogue between religions on environmental issues. It will operate as a civil society organization with donors from Turkey, Greece and the US, among others, not as a religious organization. It will serve all academic environmental scholars.
Our work is led by partners Asli Basgoz in Istanbul and John Lillis in New York. We are in the process of establishing the Turkish foundation as well as a presence in the US. The Athens office of the consulting firm McKinsey & Company is also supporting the project on a pro bono basis.
The Prinkipos Center will be housed in a historic wooden building on the Turkish island of Büyükada, one of the Princes’ Islands in the Sea of Marmara, near Istanbul. One of the largest wooden buildings in the world and a World Monuments Fund 2012 Watch Site, it was built in 1898 as a hotel but never used as one. The Patriarchate purchased the building in 1902, and it was operated as an orphanage by the Büyükada Greek Orphanage Foundation from 1903 until the 1960s. The building was the subject of a legal dispute between the Republic of Turkey and the Patriarchate for some years but was returned to the Patriarchate in 2010. It is expected to take two years to renovate the building.
Our Green Initiative
In 2012, we completed our first Firmwide greenhouse gas emissions assessment in partnership with the CarbonNeutral Company. Facilities managers at our offices around the world entered data in an online database that estimated the total greenhouse gases produced directly and indirectly from our operations. The resulting report shows that energy use and travel represent approximately 85 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013, we will be focusing our actions on these areas.
Other highlights included:
Other highlights included:
- Global Procurement introduced a pilot program for paperless invoicing in New York
- Our US offices are partnering with Office Max to not schedule truck deliveries on Mondays
- Our Johannesburg office is participating in an initiative of the South African electricity providers to reduce energy consumption
- A Brussels Bar conference featured a short film highlighting four of our Brussels lawyers and staff and the office’s attainment of the Entreprise Éco Dynamique Label from Bruxelles Environnement in 2010
Led by a cross-functional committee of facilities managers and representatives from our global technology, knowledge and procurement functions, and with growing involvement by interested lawyers, the White & Case Green Initiative seeks to reduce the Firm’s carbon footprint through five primary actions:
- Reduce energy consumption
- Minimize unnecessary travel
- Reduce solid waste
- Recycle where possible
- Promote sustainable practices by employees