As environmental concerns and sustainability become bigger issues across all aspects of society, there is an argument for taking a rather longer-term view of product development--the concept of whole lifecycle thinking, ensuring that the costs of the product are considered from birth to retirement. What can project managers do to help develop and implement the concept?
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One writer understands the need for carefully considering the impact and consequences of our decisions and actions, but why project management? Isn’t it everybody’s responsibility? But after researching and pondering the options out there, she realized that being green is actually pretty easy sometimes...and important.
The project management domain is full of evolving terminology and buzzwords. Just as we get comfortable with the latest acronyms, new vernacular emerges. One writer called on a colleague to learn more about being a Green PM and pursuing sustainability in project management.
How green should your PM practices be? Applying green practices and ideas to the management of projects is relatively new to the project management community. Adding “greenthink” to projects means finding ways to practice common-sense conservation techniques that do not hinder achieving the project’s budgetary, timeline and value-add objectives. Are you making the green grade?
Not so long ago, sustainability was heralded as the new fixture of "business as usual". However, after an economic meltdown, investing in green projects wasn't worth the risk. This article discusses how companies that pursue sustainability projects are gaining a true edge over their rivals. In doing so, it identifies four areas that experienced a drop in interest in sustainability projects.
There are now more than 7 billion people in the world and that number is expected to jump to 9.4 billion in less than 40 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As the population grows, so too does the mass migration from the countryside to cities, particularly in developing nations. This article discusses how project teams are re-imagining urban development to alleviate the massive strain on cities' infrastructure, construction, energy and IT demands.
Companies can’t address sustainability on their own—they need project managers to do their part.
A real commitment to operating a business and performing projects in an environmentally conscious and responsible way is a commitment to quality standards that minimize CO2 emissions and promote sustainability. To realize the full benefits of turning green, an enterprise must take a disciplined and systematic approach to implementing green standards.
One of the world's biggest oil powers looks to sustainability to secure its future.