Many successful project managers can inadvertently be green at the same time. Why? Good project management practices that succeed in the three key ACE elements are coincidentally sustainable at the same time:
Join Kris to learn how Sustainable Strategy adds Value, Engagement and Power. Gain new skills in how to assess your organizational readiness to adopt sustainable strategy including a better understanding of the different stages of the sustainability journey. Join Kris to learn how Sustainable Strategy adds Value, Engagement and Power. Gain new skills in how to assess your organizational readiness to adopt sustainable strategy including a better understanding of the different stages of the sustainability journey. Learn how to engage the Board and the C Suite through demonstrating alignment between sustainable strategy and business value creation.
An expert on leadership, culture change, and organizational development, Bob Willard distils lessons learned about cultural transformation that are described in his book, The Sustainability Champion’s Guidebook. He provides practical guidance on how to embed sustainability into corporate culture, even if you are not the CEO. He outlines a seven-step sustainability change process; seven leadership practices to use throughout the change process; seven paradoxes that enable successful change strategies; and seven derailers to avoid.
The “Sustainable Development” concept is sweeping across the entire world involving almost all social, economic, cultural, educational and political institutions. It is now unrealistic to think of running a program or project without a plan for its sustainability. The current economic and financial crisis plaguing world economies have a been a litmus on their sustainability and long-term viability of many banks and other financial institutions and this has had some dramatic effects in the implementation of projects sponsored by these financial institutions.
Jacqueline Drumheller, Sustainability Manager at Alaska Airlines, will share her real-life (and somewhat humorous) stories about innovations, learnings, and best practices with regard to initiating and implementing a corporate sustainability program. Her presentation will also include tips and lessons learned for organizations who are interested in publishing their first sustainability report (or those who just want to compare wounds with someone who’s been there).
Economic activities may be threatening our environmental and social resources. In the long run these effects are also threatening our economic proseperity which is unsustainable. Changes to sustainabilty can be led by qualified project managers.
In 1994, global carpet tile manufacturer, Interface was inspired to rethink its purpose as a company and climb "Mount Sustainability." This journey, referred to as "Mission Zero" - Interface's promise to eliminate any negative impact the company might have on the environment by 2020 - drives product design, engagement and all of the company's global operations.
A September webinar by Roberta Fernandez with the AtKisson Group covered the basic concepts of the Compass framework and ISIS Method (the 'what'). This followup webinar will address the 'who and when' in determining how to use them. These tools can result in better understanding, clearer decisions, a stronger consensus, more well-developed plans, more effective strategies and implementation programs, better measures of progress, and thus, a great deal of real and specific change to make our world more sustainable. ISIS and Compass are not the tools that PLAN or implement the project, but that bring the sustainability conversation front and center in the project’s beginning.
The webinar introduces a framework and process that serve as the bridge for developing and managing a shared vision of sustainability. The Compass of Sustainability is the framework which allows teams to focus on four critical criteria for long term project success: North is Nature, South is Society, East is Economy and West is Wellbeing.
People, Planet, Profit and Project-management: that is Four-P. You might think of the word Sustainability here, and it will be used, but since the S-word is used in wildly different ways, it's more useful to be precise. 4P is the Triple Bottom Line + PM. What does project management have to do with 4P? Plenty. I'll be targeting topics such as Risk Management, Innovation, Design, Project Internals, PM Direct and Indirect Influence, Reporting and Economics. I want to hear from you about your own 4P-related work and ideas and questions!
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As an award-winning project, Rio Tinto Alcan’s Jonquière smelting facility exemplified its parent company’s commitment to sustainability in a number of ways. And that commitment began with transparency.
Sustainability and green considerations are no longer “nice to haves”, they are critical drivers of organizational success. Here we explore how sustainability is driving organizational strategy and consider how that will increasingly drive changes in the way that projects are executed.
Many, many years ago now, we were promised the paperless office. So what happened to the vision? What happened to the dream? What happened to all that lovely hippie stuff about a paperless society full of tree huggers? In a word: reality.
Your company environment, that is. Not all efforts to reduce paper are one-size-fits-all, and will depend on the front-and-center goals of the organization.
Green projects face unique challenges, and “green” means many things within a project context. Here is how applying a few project management practices to your green project can help.
Agile approaches often have greater engagement levels between stakeholders. While those conversations generally focus on the deliverables and how they meet the customer’s needs, can they also drive sustainability best practices?
As our organizations turn to projects to reduce costs and improve productivity, pursuing environmental improvement is well worth considering. In addition to the quantitative benefits, delivering environmental project work gives us a sense of pride that we are making the world a better place.
Being green and environmentally conservative--while not mandated in most cases--is just a good business practice. But what about potential negative project implications of being green and environmentally aware?
In order to get ourselves and our teams to care about sustainability, we have to make the risk real. How can we do that? How many projects consider sustainability concerns as part of their PM plans? And what’s the cost of not doing so?
It's been three years since this writer last visited the Green PM space. So what has changed since 2012 on the Green PM front? Let's take a look at certifications, resources, standards and tips to keep you sustainable.
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