Environmental, energy, and natural resource lawyers spend a good part of their professional lives advising clients on how to be more environmentally sustainable—how to resolve environmental problems, lessen environmental footprints, and, ideally, go beyond regulatory compliance to minimize the environmental impact of their operations. A growing number of law offices are now turning their environmental sustainability gaze inward in an effort not only to talk sustainability with their clients but also to “walk” it within their own firms. This article briefly discusses the “what,” the “why” and the “how” of law office environmental sustainability, and explores what we believe to be a key “next generation” sustainability resource, the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standard (ALISS).
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