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Are your project Carbon neutral?
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In the light of today Climat Action summit at UN. Are your projects influenced by those new targets?

Is your current project more "clean", than previous similar projects?
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For all of the clients I have worked with, sustainability and commitment to reducing environmental impact was tacked on either as a separate initiative (e.g. planting trees) or via purchase of carbon offsets or donations to environmental groups.

I'd draw the parallel to the difference between inspecting quality in and baking quality into everything we do.

Kiron
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Sep 24, 2019 6:01 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Very interesting parallel
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Not to sound cynical, but I think most project sponsors think of environmental concerns more in terms of regulatory compliance and risk management (opportunities as well as threats). A project usually has one guiding goal or maybe a short list of conditions of satisfaction, so unless the project's purpose is specifically about ecosystems or environmental goals, it's probably more of a side issue- something that may set left and right limits to the project, but not something driving it.

I had a large project once that was not initially driven by environmental goals, but became a major factor as we discovered more about the potential of the product. We eventually pitched it based primarily on the potential to improve the environment, and the regulatory authority declined to consider it.
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My actual company is fully involved con green project mangement so all your projects are aligned with "save the planned" including it we have annual objetives aligened with it.
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Sep 24, 2019 6:02 PM
Vincent Guerard
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What is done to reduce the impact?
Plan tree is the one I see the most
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Vincent, we are in the throes of a federal election. Unfortunately, the various party leaders are proning different levels of environmental concerns. ("The world needs Canada and the world needs Canada's oil.")

Project management in federal government is very much driven by the parties sitting in Parliament. Right now, sustainability is given attention mostly for instructure projects. Most federal government building are now built and renovated to LEED standards. I'm not sure that this is sufficient anymore to be carbon-neutral or even climate clean.
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2 replies by Kiron Bondale and Vincent Guerard
Sep 24, 2019 5:31 PM
Kiron Bondale
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Stéphane -

I'd be interested in your perspective on how much sustainability has been ingrained in the culture of those federal agencies. When I worked for a provincial ministry, they talked a good talk about sustainability but they still killed forests worth of trees for project communication purposes...

Kiron
Sep 24, 2019 6:22 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Agree Green building might not be sufficient.

We have a wide country, Government should push for more public transports that are cleaner. Efficient transportation using electric train within cities and between them. Is probably one of the best ways to have a positive impact here in Canada. We should consider something like Europe TGV. But it seems North America is not that ready for those solutions.

Personally, or has a family we have opted for a single-car years ago, an recently we moved to an electric car.
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Sep 24, 2019 1:50 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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Vincent, we are in the throes of a federal election. Unfortunately, the various party leaders are proning different levels of environmental concerns. ("The world needs Canada and the world needs Canada's oil.")

Project management in federal government is very much driven by the parties sitting in Parliament. Right now, sustainability is given attention mostly for instructure projects. Most federal government building are now built and renovated to LEED standards. I'm not sure that this is sufficient anymore to be carbon-neutral or even climate clean.
Stéphane -

I'd be interested in your perspective on how much sustainability has been ingrained in the culture of those federal agencies. When I worked for a provincial ministry, they talked a good talk about sustainability but they still killed forests worth of trees for project communication purposes...

Kiron
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2 replies by Stéphane Parent and Vincent Guerard
Sep 24, 2019 5:51 PM
Stéphane Parent
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These past few months I saw some movement towards extending sustainability beyond buildings, Kiron.

Young federal government employees are starting initiatives to reduce consumption at work.

One thing the federal government has over the provincial ones is the gravitas. It is the Walmart of government who can afford to push through these initiatives
Sep 24, 2019 6:29 PM
Vincent Guerard
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On many private projects, I have seen the use of tablets to reduce paper, not perfect. It reduces paper usage greatly, people go around with most of the documentation available in the tablet or web base. Information is updated on the construction site with pictures when needed, so real-time. Since the table can be used from project to project it probably is cleaner in the long run.
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Sep 24, 2019 5:31 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Stéphane -

I'd be interested in your perspective on how much sustainability has been ingrained in the culture of those federal agencies. When I worked for a provincial ministry, they talked a good talk about sustainability but they still killed forests worth of trees for project communication purposes...

Kiron
These past few months I saw some movement towards extending sustainability beyond buildings, Kiron.

Young federal government employees are starting initiatives to reduce consumption at work.

One thing the federal government has over the provincial ones is the gravitas. It is the Walmart of government who can afford to push through these initiatives
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Sep 24, 2019 7:08 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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For all of the clients I have worked with, sustainability and commitment to reducing environmental impact was tacked on either as a separate initiative (e.g. planting trees) or via purchase of carbon offsets or donations to environmental groups.

I'd draw the parallel to the difference between inspecting quality in and baking quality into everything we do.

Kiron
Very interesting parallel
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Sep 24, 2019 10:13 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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My actual company is fully involved con green project mangement so all your projects are aligned with "save the planned" including it we have annual objetives aligened with it.
What is done to reduce the impact?
Plan tree is the one I see the most
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Sep 26, 2019 5:17 AM
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All the information is public. Just go to pepsico.com.
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Sep 24, 2019 1:50 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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Vincent, we are in the throes of a federal election. Unfortunately, the various party leaders are proning different levels of environmental concerns. ("The world needs Canada and the world needs Canada's oil.")

Project management in federal government is very much driven by the parties sitting in Parliament. Right now, sustainability is given attention mostly for instructure projects. Most federal government building are now built and renovated to LEED standards. I'm not sure that this is sufficient anymore to be carbon-neutral or even climate clean.
Agree Green building might not be sufficient.

We have a wide country, Government should push for more public transports that are cleaner. Efficient transportation using electric train within cities and between them. Is probably one of the best ways to have a positive impact here in Canada. We should consider something like Europe TGV. But it seems North America is not that ready for those solutions.

Personally, or has a family we have opted for a single-car years ago, an recently we moved to an electric car.
Network:115773



Sep 24, 2019 5:31 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Stéphane -

I'd be interested in your perspective on how much sustainability has been ingrained in the culture of those federal agencies. When I worked for a provincial ministry, they talked a good talk about sustainability but they still killed forests worth of trees for project communication purposes...

Kiron
On many private projects, I have seen the use of tablets to reduce paper, not perfect. It reduces paper usage greatly, people go around with most of the documentation available in the tablet or web base. Information is updated on the construction site with pictures when needed, so real-time. Since the table can be used from project to project it probably is cleaner in the long run.
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1 reply by Wade Harshman
Sep 26, 2019 8:42 AM
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I'm curious about the use of tablets. It seems like a good option because it reduces paper, which is good for efficiency and cost. And if connected, it gives workers access to much more data and communication options. But I've never seen an actual environmental analysis comparing the two, especially considering that paper can be recycled while electronics require low wage mining and assembly and tend to end up in landfills after a short time.

I don't know the answers, I'm just wondering how complex this really is.
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