Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The bottom line of green is still black!

We've been hearing more and more that, contrary to previous popular belief, adopting sustainability practices is good business. Now a Harvard Business Review blog post backs up that assertion. Because investors have increasingly demanded data, we have more to go by now than we did a decade ago, and the data present a clear picture:

"Resource efficient companies — those that use less energy and water and create less waste in generating a unit of revenue — tend to produce higher investment returns than their less resource-efficient rivals. ... Resource-efficient companies also display high levels of innovation and entrepreneurship, pushing core value metrics above the average large cap global business."

That sounds like a recipe for success!

Back in 1993, when I was in publishing, I worked on a book titled The Bottom Line of Green Is Black. Even then, a few people saw the benefits of going green, but it's taken a while for sustainability to spread on a larger scale. Now, it seems, more businesses are seeing that it actually makes sense financially -- and that they can do well by doing good.

So perhaps we can say now: Green is the new black!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sustainability taking root in management agendas

A new MIT Sloan report brings good news for project managers interested in sustainability. The authors claim that sustainability is reaching a tipping point, where companies have made it a permanent part of their management agendas, as they find more and more that they profit from sustainable practices.

While there's still progress to be made in this direction, the trend is a positive one for our planet -- and, of course, for green project managers. With companies placing more emphasis on sustainability, it's a good time to incorporate it into your project management work. To learn more about how to do that, check out the online seminars being offered by Green Project Management.

And this new focus is also likely to result in more project management jobs related directly to sustainability. If you know of opportunities in this area, or have any thoughts on the subject, we'd love to hear from you -- enter your comments below!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Green PM online seminar

If you missed our last Green Project Management seminar, here's your chance to learn more about the subject, in the comfort of your own home. Green Project Management is offering a 3-hour online seminar, coming up soon!

Sustainability in Project Management Workshop 

Attend Live Online  | 3 Hours | Only $99
Monday, September 10, 12 - 3:00PM EDT 

Can't make it?  Workshops are also being held Monday October 8, 12-3:00PM EDT, 
Monday, November 12, 12-3:00PM EDT, and are also available on request.
Learn more at

Until now, sustainability, project life cycles, and processes did not have a common convergence point, making it challenging to align them.  

By using PRiSM, a project methodology and toolset developed by GPM that incorporates ISO:14001 best practices and governance with project delivery, you will be able to weave sustainable methods into the fabric of projects, expanding your impact beyond scope and deliverables to five bottom lines that define the health of the organization as a whole. At the end of this workshop you have the knowledge to make a direct impact on your projects and ultimately on your organization.

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:
  • Define Sustainability in Project Management or "Green Project Management" 
  • Define P5, the five bottom lines of sustainability and project management
  • Define the differences between a green project and standard project management
  • Define what it takes to be a GPM
  • Understand how to develop a sustainability management plan
  • Understand how to plan risk using PESTLE
  • Understand the sustainability integrators to knowledge areas and process groups
Learn more on the Green PM site.