Law firm plants trees to cover paper use

Like many professions, lawyers use a lot of paper, but one Charlottetown law firm is trying to make amends for that.

McInnes Cooper plants 70 trees, which is equal to amount of paper it uses in the office in a year

The staff at McInnes Cooper recently spent an afternoon planting maple trees and some native shrubs in Charlottetown's Victoria Park. (CBC)

Like many professions, lawyers use a lot of paper, but one Charlottetown law firm is trying to make amends for that.

The staff at McInnes Cooper recently spent an afternoon planting 70 trees in Charlottetown’s Victoria Park. Seventy trees is equivalent to the amount of paper the firm uses in one year.

“It contributes to our overall forest restoration and increasing the biodiversity in the park, so it was a great project,” said Beth Hoar, a parkland conservationist.

City staff recommended the firm plant maple trees and some native shrubs.

The idea was the brainchild of two UNB law students working at the office for the summer. Alex Dalton is one of them.

“Every time you click print… you kind of feel a little lull in your stomach, so a day like today kind of makes you feel good about what you’re doing,” she said.

John Hennessey, a partner at the firm, says tree planting is part of the firm’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

“In the legal world, we are trying to get into more electronic documents, but we just haven’t got there yet,” he said.