James Scott Farrin Earth Day Picnic Draws Over 200 People to ATC

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Fourteen environmentally minded businesses, organizations, and non-profits showcased their initiatives at the 2nd annual James Scott Farrin Earth Day picnic at the American Tobacco Campus, April 20th.

Roughly 200 people, many who work at the American Tobacco Campus attended the 2nd annual Law Offices of James Scott Farrin Earth Day picnic under the historic Lucky Strike Water Tower April 20th.

The law firm offered free Earth Day cake pops (courtesy of NC Cookie Girl), lemonade, and water for guests. Tyler’s Taproom set up their outdoor grill and the folk band, Magnolia Still, performed for a festive picnic atmosphere. Clean Juice offered sales and samples of their fresh pressed organic juices, Ingenuitea Brews had unique kombucha samples and kombucha for sale, and LocoPops sold Mexican-style paletas (pops).

James Scott Farrin paralegal, Jennifer Marko, and attorney, LaDonna Williams, demonstrated how to recycle plastic grocery bags by crocheting them into sleeping mats for the homeless. If guests donated a bag, they were treated to some Earth Day jokes courtesy of attorneys, Kenneth Bryan, Matthew Harbin, Michael Jordan, Susan Vanderweert, and Walt Wood.

Guests came away with numerous giveaways from the 14 eco-minded businesses and non-profits who shared their initiatives and programs. Many took advantage of the large chalk board on display to share their own ideas for sustainability and green practices, including Durham Bulls mascot, Wool E. Bull, proclaiming, “Littering is bull.”

Participating businesses and non-profits had much to share, too. Do you know why you shouldn’t throw food out of your car? While food is biodegradable, it attracts rodents, and the rodents attract owls and other raptors to the roadside. More than 50% of the injured owls sent to Piedmont Wildlife Association were injured on the side of the road feeding on a rodent, including Otus the screech owl that was on hand live. CompostNow demonstrated how to take food waste and conveniently turn it into compost to use as an organic garden fertilizer. And EAG-LED Lighting enlightened guests about why more homes and businesses are switching to cheaper, more energy efficient, and longer lasting LED lighting. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests that by 2027, widespread use of LED lighting could save the country the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today's electricity prices.

Other earth-friendly organizations that came out to share sustainability tips included:

  •     Art Institute
  •     City of Durham Department of Water Management
  •     Durham Bulls Baseball Team
  •     Durham Soil and Water Conservation District
  •     Earth Share, NC
  •     Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
  •     East Coast Greenway
  •     GoTriangle
  •     GreenToGo
  •     Keep Durham Beautiful
  •     Triangle Land Conservancy
  •     Ungraded Produce

Embracing environmental friendliness is not a new concept for the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. When they set out to relocate their headquarters eight years ago, they worked with ATC contractors, engineers, designers, and others to ensure that their space would be LEED compliant. Subsequently, the firm has made great strides to minimize their environmental footprint even more.

In 2015 the firm stopped using Styrofoam cups in all offices statewide. They estimate that within the first two years, they had saved the planet from 27,000 cups – an amount as tall as 10 Eiffel Towers, by their calculations.

According to the firm, employees try to be aware and cognizant of paper usage, which can be difficult for a law firm. They have reduced paper consumption by transitioning some of their more paper-focused firm processes to electronic communications. Other pro-environmental efforts include:

  •     Planting 20 large trees in downtown Durham to commemorate the law firm’s 20th anniversary
  •     Composting and adopting easier and more user-friendly recycling stations
  •     Replacing K cups with compostable pods
  •     Tracking the amount of paper printed, and efforts to decrease it quarterly
  •     Adopting a one-mile stretch of Walnut Creek Trail in Raleigh for quarterly clean up
  •     Promoting environmental clean-up outings for employees and their families
  •     Promoting alternative transportation among employees
  •     Using a car fleet with an EcoBoost option
  •     Shredding documents through a service that recycles

Visit James Scott Farrin Facebook for photos of the event.

The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is headquartered in the American Tobacco Historic District, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in Durham, North Carolina, with 13 additional offices statewide in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford, Wilson, and Winston-Salem. The firm’s 46 attorneys focus on the following practice areas: Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Eminent Domain, Whistleblower, Civil Rights, Mass Torts, and Products Liability. Six of the attorneys are North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law and one is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is involved in the community, including sponsorship of local philanthropic organizations.

Contact Information:
David Chamberlin
280 S. Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701

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