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Sustainability at Beveridge & Diamond
As one of the nation’s leading environmental law firms, it is natural that Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. would take a leadership role in the field of sustainability for law office management. In its offices across the country, Beveridge & Diamond is translating its values into action, improving the Firm’s sustainability and reducing its environmental impacts. Key examples of our sustainability efforts and accomplishments include:
Law Firm Sustainability Network (LFSN). Beveridge & Diamond serves as one of a handful of law firms on the LFSN Leadership Council. LFSN was founded in 2011 to develop key performance indicators, foster knowledge-sharing, develop best practice guidelines, and recognize innovation regarding environmental sustainability in law firms. Firm Principal and Green Team Chair Daniel Krainin serves as co-President of LFSN. B&D helped create the LFSN’s American Legal Industry Sustainability Standard (ALISS), a web-based tool designed to help law offices assess and improve their sustainability programs.
ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge. Beveridge & Diamond’s commitment to the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge is another example of the Firm’s leadership on environmental and sustainability issues. The Climate Challenge is an environmental sustainability program geared towards law offices, developed by the ABA and EPA. Beveridge & Diamond became the first law firm in the country to commit to all three components of the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge for all of its offices nationwide. Two Beveridge & Diamond attorneys oversaw the design and implementation of the Climate Challenge, and one of them, Daniel Eisenberg, continues to serve as the primary contact for all firms participating in the program.
The Firm’s participation in the Climate Challenge entails specific commitments to three separate programs:
In addition to its commitments under the Climate Challenge, Beveridge & Diamond has undertaken a comprehensive review of the Firm’s sustainability practices and has put in place a formal sustainability policy. The Firm has established a Green Team, consisting of at least one representative from each of the Firm’s offices, to oversee the Firm’s sustainability efforts. The Green Team includes lawyers, managers and other staff members.
The Green Team’s efforts have produced numerous opportunities for us to improve our environmental sustainability policies, from major firm-wide initiatives to the everyday actions of individual attorneys and staff members. In addition to our participation in LFSN and the ABA-EPA Climate Challenge, below are some of the steps taken to date by Beveridge & Diamond to improve the Firm’s environmental sustainability, and the results we have achieved:
"Law Firm Network Is Striving To Make It Easier To Be Green", New Jersey Law Journal, August 2013
"Firms Ditch Stacks of Paper for Digital Ease", NJBiz, July 2012
"Going Paperless Offers Benefits", NJBiz, July 2012
"The Sustainable Firm", The Environmental Forum, May 2012
“Find Resources for Developing Green Policies”, ABA Partner Newsletter, December 2009
“Ending the Paper Chase”, ABA Journal, January 2008
“How Green Is My Law Firm? ”, LMA White Paper, November 2008 (posted with permission granted by the Legal Marketing Association, Glenview, IL)
“Keen on Green”, New York Law Journal, October 2007