Perspective

Supporting Federal Climate Needs Today and Every Day

April 21, 2021

LMI has evolved over its 60-year history to meet federal clients where new challenges arise. A major part of our evolution has been in the environmental arena. LMI supports climate adaptation and resilience, greenhouse gas accounting, and a host of sustainability and energy assurance initiatives. These efforts span the federal enterprise, from the U.S. Postal Service to the departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Today, on the 51st commemoration of Earth Day, we are particularly proud of our work to help clients execute their missions in a manner that respects the natural environment, minimizes emissions, and bolsters adaptability and resilience to climate change.

Climate effects such as water and food insecurity, natural disasters, and extreme temperatures threaten lives in the U.S. and around the world. And they are hitting closer to home than you may realize. Just this week, a federal agency reported that the largest U.S. reservoir, Lake Mead on the Colorado River, could reach its lowest levels since it was created 85 years ago. In 2020, the U.S. experienced a record 22 extreme-weather events totaling over $95 billion in damages, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.

Climate-friendly policies are about more than good environmental stewardship. Today, they are a sign of a well-managed government preparing to meet the needs of its citizens and limit preventable costs. LMI pledges to support all clients to that end. The January executive order committing the federal government to an all-electric fleet—requiring a turnover of nearly 650,000 small vehicles to electric, zero-emission (and U.S.-made) models—exemplifies why LMI complements its traditional support in acquisition lifecycle logistics and supply chain management with sustainability and energy expertise.

We’ve also incorporated analytics into our approach. Last year, we reported a joint assessment to the Department of Defense that coastal flooding, temperature extremes, and storm damage could significantly disrupt the availability of facilities supporting the F-35 weapon system over the next 30 years. This report was made possible by our partnership with The Climate Service (TCS), recognized as a leader in climate analytics by The Forrester New Wave. Cofounded by former LMIer Dr. Terry Thompson, TCS is the perfect complement to our team’s understanding of client operations and requirements. We provide the TCS Climanomics® platform—which quantifies the potential cost of physical damage from climate events and the cost to implement carbon-reducing policies—exclusively to our federal clients. This partnership reinforces our belief in analytic approaches that put reliable data at the center of the solution.

For many federal managers, the complexity of this world-changing phenomenon is understandably daunting. At LMI, we strive to help them appreciate climate science in the context of their respective missions. We published two books with science-based, plain-spoken recommendations, A Federal Leader’s Guide to Climate Change: Policy, Adaptation, and Mitigation and Climate Change: What Leaders Can Do Now. We also regularly host trainings and workshops where climate experts from academia and industry, as well as federal agencies like NASA and NOAA, discuss practical approaches to climate adaptation, mitigation, and resilience. These approaches are ever timely as the Biden administration presses for rapid federal responses to the climate crisis.

Earth Day is a time to champion the practices that restore and protect the health of our planet for future generations. LMI aims to do the same each day, helping federal clients identify and implement the practices that are appropriate for their missions. As we celebrate Earth Day 2021, LMI redoubles its commitment to advancing the federal government’s pursuit of a cleaner, safer, and more sustainable future.

Climate Analytics on Federal News Network

Chief technology officer Sharon Hays and sustainability senior consultant Kelli Canada discussed how federal agencies can incorporate data into their climate resilience approaches with Tom Temin, host of “Federal Drive” on Federal News Network.

“We see a tremendous amount of value to bring that kind of [analytic] capability to federal agencies—to both increase their ability to disclose and understand risks… but also understand where to prioritize and make investments in climate adaptation, or in some cases, divestments that can prevent future mission disruptions,” Canada said.  

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