Project Management: The Business of
with Erica Edmond
Being Green is not
just Kermit’s theme song anymore. It’s every one’s. Green tips are
top of mind, everywhere we turn. So, when we think of project
management, how can we apply some “green thinking” to our projects?
Here are our top five ways to bring some green ingenuity to your
every day project management.
Green Materials Maven. Are you using materials that have
been recycled and are you recycling the materials that you’re
currently using? Regardless of what industry that you work in, just
a little research can make a big difference, in your project’s
2) Packing Green.
Packing materials for products can produce a lot of waste. Can you
use recycled materials for packing like old newspapers? There are
also biodegradable packing peanuts and environmentally friendly soft
Green Team. There are hundreds of ways to make your office
greener here are just a few to get you started:
Use coffee mugs
instead of paper or Styrofoam
If you are a
small or home-based office, you can produce your own energy.
If you can’t
produce your own energy, look for a supplier that is producing
green energy in your area.
timers or sensor lights in your bathroom, conference rooms or
spaces that are not occupied the majority of the day.
Use as much
natural light as possible in the design of your office space.
saving light bulbs.
computers, photocopiers and other equipment when not being used.
equipment with the best energy ratings.
materials when building out a new office, like bamboo instead of
vs. disposable pens
products for your office – everything from toilet paper to
recycled paper for printing
“reuse” mentality and lead by example
before you print.”
environmental or natural cleaning products.
Support and buy
the products of other vendors and suppliers who are
office employees or support car-pooling and ride sharing if in a
If you’re in a
rural area, can you create a wildlife trust around your
Make a Commitment to Green. When you make green more than a
passing fancy, you show your team, and your customers that you mean
business. You’re not just being trendy; you’re making changes
that impact the world around you.
PR with heart & soul.
it, there’s a lot of bad news out there. Your customers do want to
hear about the good things that you’re doing. So, if you have a
green initiative or a project with a green heart and soul, talk
about it. Get the buzz going. Green PR is only bad, when it’s
So, when it comes to
greening up the planet, who better to lead the charge than Project
Managers? Who knows better than you about tackling something large
with small milestones that make a big difference! So, Kermit, it
can be easy being Green. Just bring a project manager on board to
get it done.
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