Blank Rome Recognized in the Law Firm Sustainability Network’s Sustainability Assessment
Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that the Firm has received the American Legal Industry Sustainability Standard (“ALISS”) certification from the Law Firm Sustainability Network (“LFSN”), in recognition of the Firm’s sustainability program and its efforts to reduce its environmental impact. Blank Rome has been a member of LFSN since 2013, and participated as one of the 15 law firms to pilot ALISS when it launched in 2015.
“Firms that have completed ALISS have created a baseline of law firm sustainability programs, which will allow them to measure their progress over time, and have also received concrete ideas from other member firms as to how they may strengthen their programs,” said Blank Rome Partner Kevin J. Bruno, who serves as co-chair of the Firm's Energy, Environmental, and Mass Torts practice group, and was appointed in 2014 as a member of the board of directors and treasurer of LFSN. “We encourage all law firms to take the ALISS assessment and learn how they can further reduce their environmental impacts.”
ALISS is a self-assessment tool that awards weighted points for various activities covering five broad categories: Internal Sustainability, External Sustainability, Stakeholder Engagement, Measuring & Reporting, and Innovation. Each of these categories is further broken down into sustainability topics, such as Policy, Energy & Utilities, Volunteerism, etc. Based on the number of points a firm receives through the ALISS self-assessment, participating firms achieve award-level recognitions. For more information on ALISS, please visit www.lfsnetwork.org.
Within the sustainability arena, Blank Rome’s nationally recognized energy and environmental practices provide a broad range of counseling, regulatory, and litigation-support activities to U.S. and international clients, including in a wide variety of core energy and renewable energy project development and technologies. In addition, these practices frequently advise clients in connection with the financing, permitting, and development of alternative energy sources. In July 2017, the group launched Energy and Environmental Trends Watch, a blog that provides insight and analysis on the latest developments in energy and environmental law.