Drinker Biddle Joins the Law Firm Sustainability Network
Drinker Biddle today joined a group of other top U.S. law firms to announce the incorporation the Law Firm Sustainability Network, a non-profit organization committed to developing key performance indicators, fostering knowledge-sharing, developing best practice guidelines, and recognizing and promoting sustainability innovations in the U.S. legal sector.
The LFSN affords members the opportunity to learn new ways to enhance their sustainability programs, act as leaders in developing best practice guidelines, and network with their peers. The LFSN is currently working to finalize the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standards (ALISS), a self-assessment tool that comprehensively measures law firms’ implementation of practices that promote energy efficiency, conservation of energy and resources, recycling, and related measures. The LFSN intends to launch ALISS next year and plans to publish the results of its benchmark survey, a statistical analysis of top firms’ current implementation of sustainable practices, later this year.
Drinker Biddle has taken many proactive steps on the sustainability front. We view sustainability not as a series of unhappy tradeoffs, but as a value creation process, and we advise clients on the development of sustainability strategies that can stimulate aligned growth and solve problems. Our Energy Team assists clients in tapping new and expanding energy sources, increasing energy efficiency, and undertaking smarter energy management every day. Our pioneering Benefit Corporations & Corporate Sustainability practice helps clients understand and foster the opportunities and profitability associated with sustainable business practices. And we believe that by working collaboratively with others in the legal industry, we can have an ever greater impact on preserving the environment.
The Law Firm Sustainability Network was founded in August 2011 as an informal platform for law firm professionals to share ideas, network, and develop best practices and industry standards for sustainability in the legal industry. With growing success, the LFSN incorporated in November 2012 and formed its governing body, the Leadership Council, earlier this year. The LFSN is a pending 501c3 nonprofit organization. ecoAnalyze, believed to be the first eco-consulting firm dedicated to the law firm community, provides services and administration to the LFSN.