LMI’s approach to sustainability is different because we know how much hangs in the balance.


Sustainability is not just an environmental issue. It’s an issue of balance: of social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and economic prosperity. It’s also an issue of balancing our needs and goals today with future generations’ right to meet their needs, and their goals, tomorrow.

When it comes to helping our clients address their sustainability needs, LMI brings all the right pieces. Our holistic approach considers the all-important environmental, social and economic dimensions while bringing in another critical element of balance—between recognized best practices and the flexibility to account for clients’ very different missions and needs.

Rooted in Understanding

LMI typically uses the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Reporting Framework as our starting point, adapting this internationally recognized approach to our clients’ particular objectives and constraints. Our employees, many of whom are former military and civilian personnel, already begin every sustainability engagement with a strong understanding of what works well in our clients’ cultures. They then work through a process that evaluates and implements the elements of standard approaches that are tailored to work best for our clients’ particular needs. Whether we are providing sustainability support at a policy level or to on-the-ground operations, our goal always is to help our clients take sustainability out of the purely environmental arena and into the everyday work they do across all functional areas.

Supported by Leading Tools and Practices

To our foundation of understanding, LMI brings a host of proprietary, industry-leading tools that ensure that our clients implement not just a sustainability solution, but a solution that’s sustainable. For example, we worked with the Office of the Secretary of Defense to adapt the Supply Chain Operations Reference model to a green supply chain model. The result was GreenSCOR, a single, integrated framework for evaluating supply chain activities from both the sustainability and business performance perspectives.

Our Sustainable Building Assessment Tool (SBAT) helps our clients assess their facilities’ compliance with LEED and the High Performance Sustainable Building Guiding Principles. LMI is teaming with the U.S. AFCEC to develop and pilot a web-based Sustainable Communities rating system built on our SBAT platform. This Sustainable Communities ratings initiative provides a method for installation commanders to actively manage their compliance program and overall installation sustainability, including prioritizing investments.

Charting the Course for Government

LMI’s sustainability work has broad implications. For example, we helped the General Services Administration (GSA) draft an enterprise-wide decision-making model, a sustainability lifecycle cost policy, and a framework for a consolidated annual report on the organization’s progress toward becoming a sustainable enterprise. Our resulting report, Creating the High Performance Government Enterprise: Integrating Enterprise Sustainability with Performance Management to Deliver Long Term Value, framed the sustainability concept for application by government organizations. In another example, LMI’s report Achieving Sustainability of Government Operations: State of Sustainability Reporting Among Federal Agencies kick-started the U.S. Army’s own sustainability reporting initiative, and with LMI support, resulted in the 2007 Army Sustainability Report–the first ever such national government report.

And LMI leads by example. An LMI subject matter expert serves as the technical working group chair for developing the GHG Protocol accounting standards for supply chains and products, led by the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development. At home, we conduct regular audits on our own greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, and in 2011 released our first corporate sustainability report

Breaking Ground Through IR&D

Finally, we continually invest considerable internal research and development funds in developing new ideas, products, and services that improve how others’ develop, implement, track, and report their sustainability positions. For example, our internally funded and developed GAIA Sustainable Supply Chain Maturity Model, which helps managers meet their financial and customer service goals while reducing the impact of their operations on the environment, was recently cited by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders program as a resource for companies looking to improve their sustainability practices.

All together, our experience, our understanding, our tools, and our principle of practicing what we preach allow LMI to deliver balanced sustainability strategies and ongoing operational results that preserve the integrity of the environment without compromising our clients’ responsibilities to their stakeholders.


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