Saving the Environment Through Project Management

Green project management is a new concept that is important to spread.  It’s a new way of thinking green throughout the process of  the project.  Making projects more efficient while taking the environment into consideration instead of ignoring it.  Some decisions may stay the same while others change or maybe just make the same decision differently.

Standards have been set to meet the environmental challenges companies face in the 21st century.  Compliance is voluntary yet many companies have applied for certification while encouraging vendors and partners to do so as well.  Companies realize the importance of sustainable development and how it will affect  them as a company and the environment in the future.

It is important for players to know the impact of their operations on the environment, and to establish management standards to promote environmental awareness.  These changes may seem minimal but when taking into account companies that hire anywhere from a dozen to thousands of employee’s small impacts can go a long way.  Bellow is a list of small changes to follow that can really have an impact on the future of the environment:

  1. Change in energy consumption
  2. Resign of buildings to take advantage of solar/wind power
  3. Save PDF copies instead of printing
  4. Use energy efficient computers/fixtures
  5. Properly allocating project resources so processes aren’t dragged out

Project delivery can be done in ways that have minimum impact on the environment.  Please add other ideas to my list that can make Project Management go green.

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  1. #1 by Sumiko Maser on April 17, 2011 - 10:33 PM

    This is a great post- and something I think many forget about when starting a new project or even minor business change. Environmental impacts are important not just because of the ethical issue of destroying our planet, but from an organizational level; the impact can hit close to home in the form of higher fees or penalties, or even law-suits due to damages caused to others. In addition, going ‘green’ is much more popular now, which means more businesses are entering the market to provide green products, such as printer ink, paper, or earth friendly furniture. Because of all these new options, and competition, prices are lower, and sometimes cheaper than non-environmentally friendly choices. Thanks for the post and reminding us all to love the planet!

  2. #2 by PM Hut on April 18, 2011 - 2:20 PM

    Hi Marisela,

    PM Hut has a comprehensive article on the subject, you can find it here: http://www.pmhut.com/project-management-and-going-green . It is written by 3 Project Management gurus. I hope you will have the time to take a look.

    • #3 by Marisela Fernandez on April 18, 2011 - 7:27 PM

      Thanks, I will take a look at it I enjoy the information provided on your blog.

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