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Howard Dakoff featured in Law Bulletin, “Firms Nab Top Ranking in City’s Green Challenge”


May 1, 2012

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Levenfeld Pearlstein was recently recognized by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on how it signed on to the city's Green Office Challenge two years ago and how it's attorneys quickly realized how serious the firm took the call to be more environmentally sustainable. Howard Dakoff, the firm's corporate social responsibility officer, drafted up parking ticket-like violations to put staff members on notice if they failed to turn off their lights, wasted paper or used too many disposable cups.

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"We would walk around and give them to people, not to get them in trouble, but to make them think," Dakoff said.

Given that the notices also include violations like mocking members of the firm's environmental task force and contributing to the country's reliance on foreign oil, Dakoff said the firm used them not to make money in fines, but to engage employees and make the challenge fun.

The violations seemed to put the firm's employees on the right track because Dakoff said he didn't give many during the second round of the challenge-which aims to get downtown property managers and office tenants to evaluate and improve their environmental practices.

Dakoff's firm, along with three others in Chicago, learned this month that they earned the highest possible ranking-Tier 1-during the competition's second round, which evaluated participants' practices and policies throughout 2011.

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