Getting Started in Sustainable Projects

PMI Southern Ontario Chapter

Bruce is the founder of ProjectManagementHacks.com, a resource for growing IT project managers.

As governments and companies increasingly turn to projects to get work done, the importance of our work cannot be overstated. As project managers are trusted with more resources, we need to give attention to the environmental impact.

A few decades ago, the environment was often an afterthought. Over the past 10 years, we have witnessed a revolution in the business perspective on the environment. Consider the following statistics and achievements to get a sense of the opportunities we have to make the world a better place and benefit the bottom line:

  • Every $1 invested in Wisconsin’s energy program, Focus on Energy, yields benefits worth $3.41 (Source: Fierce Energy)
  • Toronto Dominion Bank, a Canadian bank with over 40,000 employees, has two net-zero energy bank branches in the United States and seven LEED-certified locations in Canada. (Source: Canada’s Greenest Employers)
  • The City of Las Vegas saves $600,000 per year at its wastewater treatment facility by using solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity. Other energy savings efforts implemented by the city are expected to produce $2.5 million in cost savings. (Source: Green Power Leadership Awards, United States Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Google’s data centers are closely managed for environmental optimization. For example, Google’s published data center …

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