Practice/Industry Group Overview
A sustainable economy meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Many of our clients seek to be part of a sustainable future by developing business models that achieve growth while using less energy, fewer limited resources and less toxic processes. Drinker Biddle’s multidisciplinary Sustainability Team provides the building blocks for a sustainable organization by helping to identify and act on opportunities from energy efficiency and renewable energy to supply chain management and stakeholder communication. We view sustainability not as a series of unhappy tradeoffs, but as a value creation process.
Our Sustainability Team is lead by lawyers from Drinker Biddle’s Environment and Energy Practice Group. Lawyers from our tax, finance, real estate, intellectual property, and regulatory and government affairs practices also participate, including lawyers who have worked in business as strategists, engineers, developers, regulatory, environmental advocates and scientists. Our team approach allows us to provide clients with the most appropriate representation and assure that they achieve desired outcomes. Just as we take a team approach internally, we are accustomed to working with our client’s internal team as well as their technical and financial advisors to assure the holistic approach necessary to achieve effective sustainability programs.
We draw on technical, market and legal experience finding solutions that protect our client’s interests and the environment, today and tomorrow. From large global manufacturers and energy companies, to small community-focused non-profits and individual landowners, our sustainability clients reflect a cross section of society. Some specific examples of our experience include counseling and advising on:
- The impacts of climate change and related legislation;
- Financing for on-site renewable energy and distributed generation;
- Energy efficiency improvements;
- The use of renewable energy tax credits;
- The development implementation of sustainability strategies
- Renewable energy certificate origination and procurement;
- Forestry carbon offset projects;
- Biomass GHG life-cycle impact disclosures;
- Chartering and incorporating socially and environmentally focused businesses;
- "Green" service and product advertising;
- Clean technology company financing;
- Green building development, financing, and LEED certifications;
- Sustainability reporting in SEC filings;
- Sustainable resource planning and ecosystem restoration;
- Mandatory EPA GHG reporting, voluntary GHG inventory development and reporting;
- Moderating environmental stakeholder conflicts and innovative collective sustainability program development;
- Developing new sustainability voluntary standards and regulatory frameworks; and
- Intellectual property rights in innovative solutions to energy issues.
We also take our own advice, with a firm-wide commitment to making our offices more sustainable and reducing our own environmental footprint. Drinker Biddle is a charter member of the Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program and our Philadelphia office was one of the first signatories to the "The Greater Philadelphia Green Business Commitment." In addition, many of our office buildings have been certified and won awards for their "green" efforts. Our San Francisco office has been certified as a Bay Area Green Business by the City and County of San Francisco. Our Century City office building is certified LEED Silver from the U.S. Green Council. Our Chicago office building won the 2009 Energy Star Award and has applied for LEED certification, for which it anticipates a Gold or Platinum certification.
We look forward to discussing your sustainability challenges and seeking ways to efficiently combine your mission, strategy, compliance and environmental stewardship.