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After reading James Ure’s Voices on Project
Management column on sustainability
(“High Stakes,” September), I felt compelled to comment. Indeed, as project managers, we should make sustainability an
“integral part of how we do projects,” as Mr.
I teach project management to graduate students at Regis University. As part
of my green effort, I require students to
submit their homework electronically via
e-mail. No paper homework is allowed.
Each student begins the file name with
his or her last name, augmented with a
brief description of the nature of the
assignment. All students must submit
homework by 5 p.m. the day after class.
Within a simple file structure
organized for each class, I download the
homework. As I bring up each document, I rename the file “Graded.
lastname.xxx.doc” and use the tracking
functionality to correct and/or add comments to the paper. Grades appear in
comment boxes on the first page. I return
the homework via e-mail as soon as it is
graded. No need for students to wait for
the next class period to see their grade
and my comments. Feedback suggests that
all instructors should follow this model.
Also, I no longer provide handouts in
class. Everything I would have, in the
past, handed out in class—slides, templates,
textbook materials—is on a shared repository that students can access. If they
want to print something, they can.
As James Ure stated: “Small steps
multiply.” Tech-savvy (and some not-so-tech-savvy) instructors have adopted
these small green steps.
Thanks to James for providing ideas
that give everyone a chance to become
“aware of the full and true impact of
projects,” even for project management
—Barbara Getter, PMP
Denver, Colorado, USA