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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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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
Plan tree is the one I see the most
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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