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Georgia Sustainability Attorneys

At the Georgia law firm of Lovett & Myers, LLC, we believe that all companies can benefit from understanding and implementing sustainable practices. We endeavor to provide companies with legal solutions to issues that arise during the process of complying with environmental laws. Green legal issues can arise in a whole host of situations and throughout the duration of a company.

Our environmental and sustainability law attorneys assist clients in Atlanta and beyond with the following:

Corporate Structure

For an increasingly large number of companies, sustainable development is being addressed during corporate creation. Partnership agreements, bylaws and operating agreements can be written or amended to incorporate sustainable principles into the groundwork of the entity.

Operations

Most companies immediately consider sustainability in their operations and attempt to reduce electric use and water consumption, use alternative energy and develop recycling programs. What most companies do not realize is that many government programs exist to provide grants, tax incentives and other types of funding for sustainability projects.

Furthermore, there are more than 400 third-party certification programs that can provide companies with greater visibility and a marketing advantage. There is also a growing trend toward creating markets to trade environmental credits based upon the reduced use of certain resources and the associated creation of pollution (such as the release of greenhouse gases from fossil fuels).

Contracts

A company’s environmental impact reaches beyond its own operations through the contracts, leases and other agreements it has with other businesses. Purchasers can stipulate in their contracts that suppliers meet certain environmental and sustainability standards. Similarly, service contracts may be customized to require that service providers meet certain standards.

Real Estate

Real estate provides numerous sustainability opportunities. As with business contracts, real estate leases can be tailored to be green. Similarly, construction contracts for new construction or remodeling can include green clauses or even specify that the final product achieves a certain United States Green Building Council LEED certification level. The redevelopment of industrial brownfields can provide LEED credits and tax or other financial incentives.

Conservation Easements

Real estate can also generate direct financial benefits through conservation easements and environmental markets. Companies can donate or sell conservation easements on their properties and potentially receive federal tax incentives.
Despite these financial benefits, lands with conservation easements may still be used, provided they meet certain negotiated requirements.

The growing market-based environmental programs often allow real estate owners to earn environmental credits, which in turn they can sell to other businesses, if they manage their property according to specific requirements. For example, forests and wetlands can be managed as carbon sinks to offset greenhouse gas production at industrial facilities.