Green Project Management Using ISO 14000 and the Project Management Body of Knowledge

Mike Schmidt

Sir Isaac Newton once theorized, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” This timeless principle, published in 1687, still stands today as a foundational concept of how all life forms, both positively and negatively, interact and impact the surrounding world. Today, this theory can and should be applied to project management and the introduction of change to our natural environment. More and more, we see that our actions are the cause behind the injury and misuse of ecosystems and resources needed for survival. For many, the need for increased accountability and regulation in this area is clear and defined. The desire for effective but controlled change has brought forward standards and frameworks, such as ISO 14000 and the PMBOK® Guide, which provides additional guidance in an area long in need. With encouragement and support from industry and various government organizations, a strong movement to implement green strategies to conduct business and manage projects has emerged.

According to a 2008 sample survey of 300 IT decision makers conducted by Harris Interactive, “Seventy-one percent of respondents might be described as pro-green, believing that corporations should go beyond governmental requirements in their efforts to be environmentally friendly” (Harris Interactive, 2008). Of those corporations that have …

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