Areas of Expertise:

Cleantech Law Partners is prepared to assist you in the following specific areas related to planning, prioritizing, and implementing sustainability in your business or government entity to serve your preferences and achieve your goals:

    • Drafting provisions to set sustainability standards and policies

    • Drafting corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and procedures

    • Facilitating entity sustainability education

    • Facilitating entity sustainability planning

    • Drafting sustainability plans or parts of plans    

    • Advising on U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission greenwashing rules (Greenguides)

    • Identifying how to maximize corporate and entity structure for sustainability

    • Advising on implementing sustainability plan

    • Preparing baseline starting point, and/or benchmarks

    • Monitoring implementation

    • Drafting code provisions

    • Funding sustainability planning

    • Funding sustainability implementation

    • Evaluating third party certification for sustainability, green practices

B Corporations Practice Group

Sustainability is an everyday word for successful business enterprises and public entities.  Our attorneys have over a decade’s experience assisting entities in planning and implementing sustainability to varying degrees.  Fitting its expertise to the client’s desired benchmarks, Cleantech Law Partners knows the expenses and the benefits of integrating sustainability into an organization’s core.   We can navigate the client’s path from recognizing operations that enable future generations to use similar resources, to planning, prioritizing, and implementing sustainability within the organization, and then monitoring improvements and payback.  Payback comes through incentives, lower operations costs, greater employee and customer loyalty, and staying abreast or ahead of regulatory trends in energy, water, and employment policies, all saving or making more money in the long run.

Representative Matters:

• Teaming with a trade organization to create and implement a Sustainability Task Force to evaluate all issues associated with the organization’s internal sustainability its 135 full-time employees, serving its 17,500 members, and occupying a building of over 60,000 square feet.

• Advising and assisting a commercial entity in the process of planning, prioritizing, and implementing sustainability:  setting up a sustainability policy and sustainability team, obtaining energy audits and third party certification, and exploring potential for solar photovoltaic renewable energy alternative.

• Consulting a small rural coastal municipality in energy and sustainability issues, including identifying funding opportunities for this work.

• Educating dozens of rural community members in investor-owned and consumer-owned electric utility territories, including incentives available according to the renewable energy resource potential.

• Leading local government and private persons from the Oregon coast to tour a Washington coastal community wind facility and educating them on renewable energy in their environment.

• Forming the first B corporation law firm with offices in Oregon

• Assisting successful private entities in the fashion and land development industries in promoting sustainability according to their corporate needs, including formation, nonprofit support, and representation in administrative matters to resolve issues where current regulation does not fit current state policy.

• Tracking sustainability litigation to evaluate whether to support and participate in climate change actions impacting a local jurisdiction.

• Assisting an environmental organization in Madagascar in writing up for publication to facilitate sustainable marine fisheries and relations between traditional fishermen and commercial shrimp trawlers.

• Advising a commercial fish processing plant, a key municipal water user, in identifying innovative opportunities to save water in processes and applying for funding to pay for education and capital infrastructure improvements.  Also identifying and facilitating a win-win supplemental environmental project providing $11,000 to support local watershed council efforts to educate youth through watershed restoration field work, appraising property for conservation, and funding water quality monitoring.

For more information, please contact Diane Henkels, Director of CLP’s CSR & Sustainability Law Practice:, or call 866.233.8064