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Greener Project Management

What does a "greener" project manager bring to their job?
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Answer:  a greener mix of knowledge, skills and market relationships.

Green Project Management Knowledge

Every project starts with a plan that meets a company's needs.  Green "needs" include compliance guidelines, market appeal and green operations for savings and environmental benefits.

Compliance reduces risks from governmental fines and fees as well as on-the-ground environmental damage that affects your employees' overall well-being and conservation of natural resources such as water, air quality, and increasingly scarce natural materials.

Market appeal is a must!  If a project manager keeps the customer's interests at the heart of choices such as cost control, non-toxic materials, and a take back program -- the market for greener, healthier, more cost effective operations will reward your reputation and your bottom line sales.

Green operations  provide diverse benefits to a company.  A healthy, green workplace provides productivity with proper lighting, fresh air free of toxins, proper ventilation and respect for employee and client well being.   Greening the facilities also involves reducing energy use to save money, conserve water to save money, reduce use of raw materials which saves money, and maximize use of natural systems to reduce expensive equipment -- for example, natural light vs. electric lighting, or well functioning windows for ventilation vs. a large HVAC system.  

Green Project Management Skills
Knowing HOW to implement those potential beneifts is a large part of what the project manage expected to deliver.  Here are some project management skills that are effective and highly respectful of sustainable methodologies:

  • Measurement  of key metrics
  • Monitor progress and graph it for good communications
  • Identify key equipment and supply sources
  • Train team to adhere to compliance and market driven goals
  • Emphasize most important processes and remove excesses
  • Measure effectiveness
  • Support creativity by team members
Green Project Management Market Relationships

Knowing WHO to put on your team -- both internally and externally -- is critical in our globalized, outsourced world.  More often than not, project managers are part of a mixed team of staff and contractors. 

  • Knowing which suppliers are GREEN is a bonus. 
  • Knowing how to put GREEN specifications into RFPs sets the stage for success.
  • Knowing how to orient vendors to GREEN SUPPLY CHAIN processes pays off many times over.
  • Supporting innovators in renewable energy, energy efficiency and water conservation benefits you with adaptive solutions and a competitive edge with early market advantages.
Businesses thrive with good networking -- connecting productively with key resources that are the best match for your company's strategy.  Creating a green supply chain contact list is as good as gold in the bank for a green project manager!   Before you can implement green solutions you need to source the strategies and build a positive working relationship with your partnering supply chain members.

GREEN project management is about creating a web of knowledge about effective use of  resources, sources of quality green goods and services , and the proper use of those resources on the job. 

Being able to measure and communicate sustainable results is part of your career development process -- always in need of polishing and growing!  



Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 1/17/2009
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