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Driving Environmental Changes
As a project manager specializing in IT infrastructure, I understand the importance of having a sound education in topics that pertain to your project specialization.

I would like to become a project manager that specializes in environmental changes to help both mitigate and educate about climate change.

What are some things I can do, or learn, to help ensure I am prepared to drive environmentally aware projects to completion with the best results possible. Knowledge is important to success and I ask for those with experience and advice to help me and others like me become better leaders towards a healthier world.
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Heather -

you might want to contact Rich Maltzman - he had a lot of input into the sustainability content within the new PMBOK Guide. I'd also point you to https://www.greenprojectmanagement.org/ which has a number of resources including certification for PMs interested in sustainability.

Kiron
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2 replies by Cindy Arasim and Heather Cardosi
Jul 29, 2021 5:35 PM
Heather Cardosi
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Thank you very much for the information. I was not aware of that website and will look into both it and Rich Maltzman.
Aug 04, 2021 3:31 PM
Cindy Arasim
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Thank you!
Jul 29, 2021 5:22 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Heather -

you might want to contact Rich Maltzman - he had a lot of input into the sustainability content within the new PMBOK Guide. I'd also point you to https://www.greenprojectmanagement.org/ which has a number of resources including certification for PMs interested in sustainability.

Kiron
Thank you very much for the information. I was not aware of that website and will look into both it and Rich Maltzman.
Fully aligned with @Kiron. The best is going to the website and search inside About-Meet our team-Office Locations to meet the local representative.
One of the challenges of 'getting into' the environmental or sustainability industry is the 'closed shop' concept. It seems that environmentalists have a binary view of the world, two opposing sides - us and them. In many situations before being accepted as a participant you have to prove your environmental credentials. Some type of environmental or sustainability certification would open the door. Show that you care.
Jul 29, 2021 5:22 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Heather -

you might want to contact Rich Maltzman - he had a lot of input into the sustainability content within the new PMBOK Guide. I'd also point you to https://www.greenprojectmanagement.org/ which has a number of resources including certification for PMs interested in sustainability.

Kiron
Thank you!
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1 reply by Heather Cardosi
Aug 04, 2021 5:18 PM
Heather Cardosi
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Cindy, I have not had a chance to reach out to Rich. Instead, I HAVE reviewed the https://www.greenprojectmanagement.org/ site and as a result started studying for my GPM-b certification.

As Peter expressed, I am showing that I care and that it means something to me. While I am working with strictly internal, infrastructure based projects at my current company, I can already see some areas I can apply what I am learning. The "Sustainable Project Management: The GPM Reference Guide" is a great read and very easy to follow. Even if you don't go for the certification I highly recommend reading it.

Thanks Everyone.
-Heather
Aug 04, 2021 3:31 PM
Replying to Cindy Arasim
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Thank you!
Cindy, I have not had a chance to reach out to Rich. Instead, I HAVE reviewed the https://www.greenprojectmanagement.org/ site and as a result started studying for my GPM-b certification.

As Peter expressed, I am showing that I care and that it means something to me. While I am working with strictly internal, infrastructure based projects at my current company, I can already see some areas I can apply what I am learning. The "Sustainable Project Management: The GPM Reference Guide" is a great read and very easy to follow. Even if you don't go for the certification I highly recommend reading it.

Thanks Everyone.
-Heather
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1 reply by Cindy Arasim
Aug 05, 2021 3:26 PM
Cindy Arasim
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Hi Heather, great to hear! I see on the site there are a number of trainings, but it sounds like you just signed up for the cert. When you sign up for the cert, do they provide you with the GPM reference guide automatically? Thanks! Cindy
Aug 04, 2021 5:18 PM
Replying to Heather Cardosi
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Cindy, I have not had a chance to reach out to Rich. Instead, I HAVE reviewed the https://www.greenprojectmanagement.org/ site and as a result started studying for my GPM-b certification.

As Peter expressed, I am showing that I care and that it means something to me. While I am working with strictly internal, infrastructure based projects at my current company, I can already see some areas I can apply what I am learning. The "Sustainable Project Management: The GPM Reference Guide" is a great read and very easy to follow. Even if you don't go for the certification I highly recommend reading it.

Thanks Everyone.
-Heather
Hi Heather, great to hear! I see on the site there are a number of trainings, but it sounds like you just signed up for the cert. When you sign up for the cert, do they provide you with the GPM reference guide automatically? Thanks! Cindy
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1 reply by Heather Cardosi
Aug 05, 2021 4:49 PM
Heather Cardosi
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You can get "The P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management" as a free PDF download from https://www.greenprojectmanagement.org/gpm...ject-management

I bought the reference guide from Amazon in Kindle format for a whole $10. It was a sacrifice I know but I will live :) .

I haven't signed up for the certification yet and won't until I am ready to take the test. Life likes to happen so I wont commit myself until I am ready to take the cert test and pass.

Hope that helps.
-Heather
Aug 05, 2021 3:26 PM
Replying to Cindy Arasim
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Hi Heather, great to hear! I see on the site there are a number of trainings, but it sounds like you just signed up for the cert. When you sign up for the cert, do they provide you with the GPM reference guide automatically? Thanks! Cindy
You can get "The P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management" as a free PDF download from https://www.greenprojectmanagement.org/gpm...ject-management

I bought the reference guide from Amazon in Kindle format for a whole $10. It was a sacrifice I know but I will live :) .

I haven't signed up for the certification yet and won't until I am ready to take the test. Life likes to happen so I wont commit myself until I am ready to take the cert test and pass.

Hope that helps.
-Heather
Hi Heather,

I appreciate your wish to mitigate and educate about climate change. I also have severe concerns about this and we as humanity must beef up our efforts to tackle this problem. There are related and maybe more urgent problems though, like preparing and reacting to disasters and catastrophes like fires, floods, plagues, and others.

For handling these problems, we need doers, quick thinkers, leaders - in one word practical project managers. I have seen it now in Germany, we have excellent firefighters, heavy machinery and thousands of volunteers but we lack the capability to coordinate those and bring them to effectiveness in a bureaucracy that - in normal times - focuses on administering social live. Most of them are just not trained and selected for stressful jobs.

So, if you like PM and want to specialise, I would deem it more important to become one of the people capable of handling disasters.

Thomas
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3 replies by Cindy Arasim and Heather Cardosi
Aug 09, 2021 6:17 PM
Cindy Arasim
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Thomas, have heard similar sentiments from others in the industry - those especially focused on Sustainability issues. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts... fuels my urgency.
Aug 10, 2021 12:26 PM
Heather Cardosi
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Thomas,
I agree that there is a demand for that and it is another capability I would not be adverse to learning. Can you help me identify what would be advisable to know/learn for that? While I have assisted my company when we had the freeze in Texas/Tennessee last year, that was the first time I assisted in an emergency response team. (I work for Satellite Healthcare and we specialize in kidney dialysis. )

I look forward to hearing more about this topic and any help you provide is appreciated.
-Heather
Aug 10, 2021 5:53 PM
Heather Cardosi
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Thomas,
I did take a look after you brought it up and was able to locate something that might be appropriate. FEMA has Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP https://training.fema.gov/empp/ ) that I am looking into. There is no tuition and the online pre-requisites are a good way to both get a good grasp of the topic as well as it's suitability to me.

Wanting to help and actually being good at that type of project management is not the same. Thank you again for pointing this out as a potential growth path and the existence of the need.

Thanks,
Heather
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