The Green Grade

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

“Going Green” is a term most everyone is familiar with these days. However, applying green practices and ideas to the management of projects is relatively new to the project management community. For instance, did you know there are websites dedicated to green pmanagement? Sites like (owned by GPM Global, which teaches Green Project Management worldwide and has a project delivery methodology based on ISO:14001) and provide a wealth of information on how to integrate green practices into your projects. A good place to begin with the exploration of is with a definition of the term. defines it as follows:

“Green project management is a model where we think green throughout our project and make decisions that take into account the impact on the environment--if any. It is a way to ingrain ‘greenthink’ into every project management process…The point about green project management is not that we make every decision in favor of the one that is most environmentally friendly. The point is that we start to take the environment into account instead of ignoring it.”

Based on the above definition, adding “greenthink” to projects means finding ways to practice common-sense conservation techniques that do not hinder achieving the project’s budgetary, timeline and value-…

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