Project Management

Tips for Thinking Green on Your Projects

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.

With more than 10 years of being on the scene, it is safe to say that “Green PM” is not just a passing fad. If you are not familiar with the subject, what follows is a good place to start. If you are familiar, there is still plenty of food for thought ahead.

In case you need a working definition, I refer you to

 “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…we start to take the environment into account instead of ignoring it.”

There are many other websites and organizations focused on promoting green PM practices (see the “Digging Deeper” section below) and helping project managers integrate environmentally sustainable practice considerations into the project planning and management process. On this very community, our People, Planet, Profits & Projects blog has been championing the intersection of green and project management for a decade now.

In addition, ISO 14001 focuses on standards related to environmental management systems (EMS); it is intended to help…

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