Green Pro Bono supports a wide range of environmental organizations. Our mission is to remove logistical and financial barriers that legal work poses, so that environmental organizations can focus on what they do best - implement sustainable solutions!
Green Pro Bono has provided legal services to organizations, both non-profit and early stage for-profit, that focus on:
Sustainable Job Creation
Green Pro Bono matched social entrepreneur EGG-energy with a pro bono corporate attorney at Goodwin Procter for help with its mission to bring affordable and clean power to communities in the developing world. EGG-energy connects low-income households in Tanzania, that are off the grid, with electricity by offering rechargeable, portable batteries rather than the carbon emitting kerosene they had been using. EGG-energy operates on a shoestring budget and the need for legal services had dominated their agenda.
350 is a non-profit organization working with volunteers in more than 188 countries to build a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. The organization’s name is inspired by environmental scientists’ calculation that preserving the planet requires reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from the current 392 parts per million (ppm) to 350 ppm. Green Pro Bono has matched 350.org with an attorney at Goodwin Procter who is assisting them with corporate and tax exemption issues.
Second Nature is a non-profit that works with college and university leaders to help make the principles of sustainability fundamental to every aspect of higher education. Their work includes advancing Education for Sustainability (EFS) networks at the state, regional, and national levels and conducting a multi-million dollar, ten-year advocacy and outreach effort that was instrumental in launching the higher education EFS movement. Green Pro Bono is pairing Second Nature with an attorney to help with intellectual property issues.
We Forest is an international non-profit promoting worldwide permaculture-based reforestation to combat climate change through increased cloud cover. They also promote scientific research on cloud nucleation (bio-precipitation). Green Pro Bono paired We Forest with an attorney at Sidley Austin who helped them with corporate issues.
Designfluence connects designers with resources for ultra-low-cost product development and promotes the use of healthy, non-toxic materials, processes and methodologies in product design, development, manufacturing, packaging, and distribution. Green Pro Bono paired Designfluence with a corporate attorney at Clean Tech Law Partners.
Double Exposure is a partnership between photographers David Arnold and Brad Washburn who create traveling photography exhibits that show the impact of climate change by comparing "then and now" photos that illustrate human impact on the planet's landscape. They also use the exhibitions to help participants understand how education can bring hope for the future. Green Pro Bono paired Double Exposure with a Wilmer Hale attorney to help with various corporate issues.
“Green Pro Bono provided EGG-energy with a tremendous benefit to get quality pro bono help from a major law firm; it allows our limited funds to go toward accomplishing our objectives in Tanzania instead."
Jukka Valimaki / Co-Founder and Director / EGG-energy