NEW YORK CITY-Eco-friendliness may have come to the legal sector a bit later than other industries, yet high-profile examples such as Nixon Peabody’s appointment of a chief sustainability officer and Proskauer Rose’s pursuit of LEED Gold certification for its 406,000-square-foot space at 11 Times Square demonstrate that law firms are catching up. CB Richard Ellis says in a report issued Tuesday that 49 of the Am Law 100 firms—as ranked by the American Lawyer, sister organization to—have a stated environmental program, and 11 are pursuing or have achieved LEED certification in at least one office location.

The ways in which top law firms come to sustainability vary, as do their reasons for going green. Extending a firm’s brand identity is one element, “but there are numerous benefits that they’re tapping into,” Sally Wilson, CBRE’s global director of environmental strategy, tells

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