Thursday, April 19, 2012

Promising benefits of West Coast clean economy

A recent report on the West Coast Clean Economy shows that the "clean economy" in Washington, Oregon, and California is growing and is of benefit to the economy. The findings have spurred action by the Pacific Coast Collaborative, which has created the West Coast Action Plan on Jobs. The goal is to speed the transition to a clean economy, hastening the attendant benefits of the greater resiliency and pay scales of clean economy jobs, plus the robust GDP growth they bring. For more, see this article in the Sustainable Business Forum.

What does this mean for green project management? Whether you practice green project management in a clean economy job or in a position not directly related to sustainability, this acknowledgment of the benefits of going green could seep into all areas. As project managers interested in sustainability, perhaps we could even say it's our responsibility to ensure that it does. One way or another, it's bound to bring positive attention to the area. I look forward to seeing the action plan on jobs come to fruition, and I hope the ideas behind it will permeate jobs in all areas.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Upcoming Green PM Seminars

We have an exciting lineup for the coming months. If you know of any great potential speakers, please contact us!

Here's what we have in the works:

May 19: Pete Cooper from Better Place

The benefits that cars have brought over the last century can’t be overstated. At the same time, though, related oil use has created profound economic, health, and environmental problems, which will get much worse as hundreds of millions in the developing world enter the middle class. The goal of Better Place is to break the monopoly oil has on transportation, by accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles.

Pete Cooper will tell us about how Better Place is enabling the mass-market adoption of electric cars through an innovative battery-switch model that makes driving electric cars more affordable, convenient, and sustainable than driving gasoline-powered cars. The company owns and operates a network of battery-switch stations and public/personal Charge Spots, along with the supply of batteries that power the cars, to provide drivers with instant range extension and the convenience to drive, switch, and go across an entire region. Where possible, Better Place uses renewable sources of energy to deliver fully zero-emissions driving. The World Economic Forum has named Better Place a “Global Growth Company Industry Shaper” for its innovative approach in advancing the global switch to electric cars.

June 16: Joe Serrano of TentMakers Inc.

TentMakers Inc. is a nonprofit organization that assists low- and moderate-income households with housing and economic development opportunities. They also help counties, cities, nonprofits, housing developers, and the public with housing and economic development activities.

At our June seminar, Joe Serrano will tell us about the Attainable and Sustainable Housing (ASH) Model, which is a combination of the FHA 203K loan program, Energy Efficient Mortgage, and Energy Upgrade California. He'll present some case studies of Tentmakers projects and explore some of the opportunities and constraints involved.

August 18: Joel Carboni of Green Project Management

By applying a framework of sustainable methods and personal adherence of environmental ethics to project management practices, project managers can serve as agents of change by decoupling environmental degradation and economic growth. The mission of Green Project Management (GPM) is to be the catalyst in evolving the discipline to enable organizations to improve the construct and delivery of goods and services without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Joel Carboni of GPM will share his organization's PRiSM methodology for making sustainability an integral part of project management. GPM has been taking their courses in green project management around the world to great acclaim, and we're excited to have him share their insights with us!

Seminar series details

The Green Project Management Seminar Series is co-sponsored by Keller Graduate School and the Project Management Institute San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. The seminars are held on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon PDT, at Keller Graduate School’s Daly City location. For details and registration information, visit the PMI SF Bay Area Chapter website at or (Upcoming seminars may not be there yet, but we'll get the listings in place soon!)