I believe key drivers of future
growth in sustainability will be the
supply chains that must reveal
information regarding production practices, intelligent software
applications that improve decision-making processes in sustainable
business practices, and pressure
for increased transparency of government actions and policies.
It is time to connect the dots:
Only those who can handle this
transformation well will thrive
and grab a bigger market share
in clean technology and deliver
on both return on investment and
return on equity, leverage global
finance to fund investment in
green economy, and effectively
deal with externalities and supply
—from “Rebalancing the Economics of Greening,” a blog post by
Joseph Nyangon, PMP
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both the public and internal stakeholders, Ms. Hernández says.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Training and education certainly
look good on a résumé, but none of
that will matter unless project professionals find ways to put that into
practice. And with more experience
will come more opportunity.
“Organizations are now approaching sustainability in a much more
strategic way,” Mr. Simmons says.
“They’re looking for people who
have credibility and who have actually delivered on profit and loss
objectives. Familiarity with green
issues is important, but in many cases
it can be learned on the job.”
Green project management takes a
special set of skills.
“Green projects will always need
subject matter experts with deep technical expertise,” he continues. “But in
many cases, the most important thing
for a project manager of green projects is an open mind and the ability
to apply sustainability principles to
problem-solving and execution. And
critically important is a style and personality that can effectively rally the
cross-functional teams often required
by green projects.”
How can project managers break
into the green field? Start by taking on
additional responsibilities within your
current role. “Green projects have
become more common, but corporations are pursuing sustainability initiatives with internal ‘green teams’ on
pilot projects,” Ms. Hernández says.
These project teams are usually
cross-functional and involve various departments. They evaluate the
organization’s current processes to
identify areas for cost savings, waste
reduction and innovation.
Ask to join—or even start—such a
green team at your organization.
“Usually, people who don’t have
green experience become sustainability experts by proxy and by practice,”