EarthDay 2017

By Nicole Sala, LTS Sustainability Analyst Intern

This year marks the 48th celebration of Earth Day, which has grown to be the largest civic observance event in the world with over 1 billion people participating in activities (earthday.org). This year’s campaign theme: environmental & climate literacy. How can we educate ourselves and empower others to drive actions that sustain the planet and people 10 years, 20 years and 100+ years from now?

I recently attended the International Society of Sustainability Professionals #ISSPBig3 webinar, Looking Into the Future with Sustainability’s Big 3: Interface, Patagonia and Unilever, and was inspired by the answers to the panel question, “What are you most optimistic about for the future?”

Here, I have recapped what the Big 3 are most optimistic about and share LTS’s reflection to this question.

The Big 3:

The next generation of sustainability professionals and conscious consumers. – Unilever

Negative carbon technologies. – Interface

Businesses can be change agents. – Patagonia


Long Trail Sustainability:

Every individual and industry can be an environmentalist. – LTS

Environmental sustainability practices are no longer limited to the role of a scientist, individual activist or a niche field of research.

At LTS we embrace sustainability as an approach that can and should be utilized by all. In fact, some of the most influential and groundbreaking sustainability efforts of our day stemmed from people involved in different fields of study or work simply caring enough to find better, more conscience ways to achieve their goals.

Even LTS began in such a way. In the late 90’s, while working in organizational development, LTS Founder, Melissa Hamilton, began to recognize the imbalance between business, society, economy and the environment.   With a degree in Anthropology, she understood the crucial relationship between people and the environment.  Combined with her insight on the inner workings of business through organizational development, Hamilton set out to build a company that would help other organizations to bridge this gap.

LTS is grateful to work with clients in all realms of industry, from outdoor gear apparel (The North Face) to industrial machinery (Hypertherm), as well as Education. (Harvard Extension School).

We are optimistic that every individual and business will become an environmentalist, working to meet current needs without compromising the future.

Are you looking for ways to better your business?

LTS leads corporate sustainability workshops which engage your entire organization and help to identify areas where you can reduce impacts.

Contact us to learn more!



EARTHSHIFT changes name to Long Trail Sustainability (LTS)

LTS name reflects company’s roots and its dedication towards sustainability perseverance

HUNTINGTON, VT – EARTHSHIFT announced this week that the company will change its name to Long Trail Sustainability (LTS), effective immediately.

The new name, Long Trail Sustainability (LTS), encompasses many aspects of the sustainability consultancy. LTS, derived from the famous Long Trail hiking route that runs the length of Vermont, a state well known for its progressive and environmentally-minded demographic, ties in the company’s Vermont roots. Furthermore, the name Long Trail Sustainability well represents the idea of the comprehensive, yet constantly unfolding path towards true sustainability that the consultancy aims to guide their clients along.

Melissa Hamilton, the managing director, explained that the new name reflects the actuality that sustainability is a journey. “The new name acknowledges the unique pathway towards sustainability maturity that each organization must seek out.”

Following the split of EarthShift LLC between partners in late 2015, previous EarthShift partner, Melissa Hamilton, continued the work of the sustainability consultancy throughout 2016 under Hamilton Enterprises, doing business as (DBA) EARTHSHIFT. With the beginning of 2017, Hamilton Enterprises is moving away from the EarthShift name and continuing business as Long Trail Sustainability.

LTS will remain as a long-standing partner of the worldwide SimaPro network managed by PRé Sustainability in the Netherlands. Eric Mieras, PRé’s Managing Director, commented on the name change, “Melissa and her team have always been a trusted partner within the SimaPro network. We’re very happy they will continue to be part of our “family” under a new name. And the new name, Long Trail Sustainability, not only reflects their Vermont roots and the path to sustainability, but also the journey we have been on together to make sustainability more fact based. We both believe that knowing the facts is crucial to mainstream sustainability.”

LTS remains dedicated to its success as a recognized global leader in environmental product sustainability, maintaining its current reputation as experts in product stewardship.

About LTS

LTS works with organizations to integrate life cycle sustainability practices into their business conduct. Whether it’s a broad spectrum approach or a focused effort geared towards product design, employee engagement and collaboration, supply chain management, brand enhancement or beyond, LTS works closely with their clients and adapts their sustainability solutions to meet each one’s individualized challenges and ambitions.

LTS likes to think of themselves as a boutique sustainability firm; small and personable with a high level of in-house expertise, yet expansible through their strong worldwide partner network of sustainability professionals.

Their sustainability services encompass:

  • A skilled Consultancy spanning the range of environmental impact measurement systems, including ISO compliant life cycle assessment, GHG protocol carbon accounting, water, and product footprinting, sustainable product development (SPD), building science, and energy efficiency.
  • High quality software tools including the world renownedSimaPro LCA software, which they have offered and supported as PRé Sustainability’s North American partner since 2000, and their own custom North American specific database, DATASMART Life Cycle Inventory.
  • An outstanding training program for both professionals and academics, over twenty custom developed courses ranging from introductory to advanced level and their own industry recognized Certificate Training Programs.

Their people

Each member of the LTS team is driven by their own adventurous passions, which include skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing and world travel. These passions and experiences not only drive them but also fuel the worth they find in protecting the natural world culminating in the hard work that they do.

LTS helps their clients in a variety of ways:

  • Assess cradle to grave environmental impacts of their products and services
  • Integrate environmental footprinting into the design process
  • Improve business decisions to benefit multiple stakeholders
  • Put the science behind marketing claims
  • Develop eco labeling programs
  • Design environmentally friendly products
  • Alter processes to lessen environmental impacts
  • Build internal capacity on sustainability issues through training

LTS helps companies to be environmentally and socially responsible.

The environmental life of a product technically begins with the first raw material extraction used in its development, but the management of that product’s life begins long before – on the drawing boards. LTS’s expertise lies in helping companies to seamlessly integrate sustainability management into the life of their products from drawing board to disposal. They work across company departments and throughout the supply chain to instill the concept of life cycle thinking and make it part of a company’s core values.

LTS leverages the benefits of good stewardship.

As an added benefit to protecting natural resources, good stewardship carries with it a strong increase in brand value. LTS helps leverage this benefit through sound communications and industry appropriate certifications that stand up to scrutiny while differentiating their client’s companies and products.

To find out more, please refer to their new website: www.ltsexperts.com

Contact: Meghan Wolfrom

Long Trail Sustainability

Sales & Communications Manager

(802) 434-3326 x701



Plasma Cutters and Blue Jeans – Hypertherm SPD Workshop

by Shelly Martin, EARTHSHIFT Sustainability Analyst & Training Manager

DfS Workshop 007Recently, fellow EARTHSHIFT Sustainability Consultant, Dave Hartter and I traveled to Hypertherm to facilitate a sustainable product development (SPD) workshop for over 40 engineers at their industrial cutting solutions firm based in Hanover, New Hampshire. SPD workshops engage the employees within an organization in broader discussions around the value of sustainability and employing life cycle thinking throughout their product development process, no matter where they are currently in their journey towards sustainability.