Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The triple bottom line and project managers

Do you think project managers should be involved with a company's triple bottom line? While a majority of companies think sustainability is necessary to their competitiveness, very few have a clear road map for getting there. Perhaps project managers can help measure and have an impact on an organization's triple bottom line. You can read more about this in a post on greenprojectmanagement.org -- check it out!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Should project managers incorporate green practices in our projects?

As project managers, we often don't have the authority to decide on our own whether to incorporate green practices into a project. We must generally abide by the requirements of our customers. But we can certainly make suggestions about how to run a project more sustainably. In many cases, that will save the customer those most valuable resources, time and money.

As we've noted before in this blog, project management is already concerned with reducing costs, increasing value, and protecting scarce resources. So it's not really a stretch to try to make our projects more sustainable.

What do you think? Should project managers incorporate green practices in their projects? Another project management blogger has written on this subject and would like to hear your point of view. So check out his article, and if you're so inclined, add your voice to the discussion.

You'll also find lively discussions on this and related topics in the Green PM group on LinkedIn.

If you find that you're passionate about sustainability being part of project management, you might even consider signing this petition. The petition asks that PMI consider sustainability thinking when updating the PMBOK Guide, as well as when making any changes to the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sustainability / Construction / Project Management Symposium

NOTE: This symposium has been postponed -- stay tuned for a new date!

Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PT)
Oakland, CA

Get Your GREEN On!!

The Project Management Institute San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, in conjunction with The Green Science Academy and US Green Building Council Northern California Chapter, will host its second symposium on sustainability, construction, and project management at DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Oakland.

This event will provide you with a great opportunity to hear leaders in the field speak about current thinking on green building/sustainability as well as a chance to network with individuals from a wide variety of green companies and gain actionable information for your job search or career transition.

With four exciting knowledge tracks, this symposium will help you learn about energy efficiency and renewable energy in the built environment; managing your business’ waste stream; and the slow food and slow money movements. In the opening and closing plenary sessions, you’ll also hear about LEED rating system updates planned for 2012 and 2013, and the vital role advocacy plays in advancing the green building industry through education, awareness, and sharing research to influence policy at the national, state, and local levels.

Admission is free, courtesy of the symposium host, DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Oakland. However, space is limited to the first 180 attendees, so register now to lock in your spot!

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact dvpcr@pmi-sfbac.org for details.

The DeVry University campus is just one block from Oakland’s 12th Street BART station, at 505 14th Street, Oakland. Transportation, parking, and food are the responsibility of the attendee.

Click Here To Register