2019 IMPACT ASSESSMENT
We launched RVL® with a vision to practice law in a way that positively impacts the world around us. We believe that the challenging work of Building Today's Companies for Tomorrow's Economies® goes hand-in-hand with positively impacting the environmental and social fabric of our community. Highlights from our 2019 impact assessment are included here, and we encourage review of our independent audit by B Lab.
Tennessee’s Only 1% for the Planet Law Firm Member
RVL® is Tennessee’s only 1% for the Planet® member law firm, joining conscious capital companies like Patagonia® in donating at least 1% of all revenue to environmental nonprofits to support conservation and combat climate change. Our 2019 nonprofits partners include American Alpine Club, GreenSpaces, and Living Lands and Waters.
We GIVE-10, meaning we donate at least 10% of our profits and dedicate 10% of our working time to environmental and social impact organizations. Our nonprofit partners are making the world a better place in many ways, and we’d like to highlight some of their programs here.
Our support of the Access Fund dates back to 2010, when attorney Kevin Christopher volunteered in developing a raptor management plan to prevent the closure of a popular California climbing area. In 2018, RVL® joined companies like ARC-TERYX®, Mammut®, and Rock & Ice Magazine® as a silver level corporate partner. The Access Fund is a national nonprofit promoting: climbing policy and advocacy; environmental stewardship and conservation; land acquisition and protection; and, education and safety. In addition to fiscal sponsorship, we provided pro bono support throughout the year to local affiliate Southeastern Climbers Coalition towards the introduction and environmental management of new crags.
Living Lands and Waters
We try to get our own hands dirty when it comes to cleaning up our public lands and waters; Sometimes that’s not enough. And living Lands & Waters is the cream-of-the-crop when it comes to river cleaning and tree planting. LL&W has removed over 10 million pounds of trash from rivers and has planted well over 1 million plants worldwide. If that isn’t enough, LL&W leads an invasive species removal project to remove non-native invasive species and replace them with native flora, all while leading a free student education program that educates our youth on the impact of the consumer goods lifecycle on our environment.
American Alpine Club
Federal and state funding for ecological and environmental research is dwindling, and we believe it is important for the private sector to step in to fill in the gaps. That’s why we are excited to join the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), FOURPOINTS®, and KAVU® in support of the American Alpine Club’s Research Grant Program. The American Alpine Club is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the endurance of America’s wild spaces. Their Research Grant Program funds scientific endeavors in mountain environments around the world, and has led to better understanding of sensitive ecosystems and improved recreation policies on public lands. Read more about the 2019 researchers we supported.Read More
Mustard Seed Ranch
In 2017 and 2018 we sponsored the Mustard Seed for Mayhem event at Rich Froning’s Crossfit Mayhem. Mustard Seed Ranch (MSR) is a community-sponsored, interdenominational Christian ministry designed to take children out of unsafe environments and into loving, nurturing homes. Out of the social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual support each child receives, seeds of hope begin to take root. In time, each child becomes empowered to overcome limiting cycles of behavior and replace them with an understanding of God’s abundant purpose for their life.
Oakland Leadership Center
Oakland Leadership Center spreads faith, hope and love through basketball and mentorship. Its core value teachings include discipline, empathy, resilience, and leadership. Through its Buckets not Bullets initiative, OLC seeks in addition to personally developing young men to reduce community violence in and around East Oakland.
Green|Spaces is a nonprofit based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Its mission is to work toward regional sustainability by progressing the way people live, work and build in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. In 2019 RVL sponsored the Green Prix Goblin Run, where elementary school students apply STEM learning in a fun, competitive environment involving custom designed and engineered electric power race cars.