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Where: ON-LINE - Accessible Anywhere.  Recorded so you never miss a session.


Live ON-Line Meetings (1.5 hours): Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19

Self-Directed Assessments (Optional): Weeks of Oct. 15, Oct. 29, Nov. 12, Nov. 26

Special Offer: Company Teams: Register 1 person at the regular rate & 2 additional person in the same company for $100 (books extra).  Students & Job Seekers receive 50% off.  Click the appropriate discount button on the registration form.

  • Receive 7 Professional Development Units (PDU's): PMI 

If you hold the PMP®, PgMP®, PMI-SP®, or PMI-RMP® , or PMI-ACPSM credential(s), you are required to adhere to the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program, which supports ongoing professional development through education and giving back to the profession. Receive 7 PDU's through this program and further position your career for Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsiblity integration.

  • Receive 7 Continuing Education Units (CEU's):

If you are working toward Sustainability or CSR Certification through Green Team University, you willGreenTeamUniversity receive 7 Continuing Education Units toward the "Pathway to Implementation" Green Core CompetenciesTestimonials3


Course Description

Green/Sustainability Project Management

Integrating Sustainability into your Projects, Programs, and Portfolios

How do the drivers of sustainability impact the Project Management (PM) discipline? 

If you are a Sustainability Project Manager or Project Manager in a company with a sustainability strategy, this program is for you.

Understand the integration of sustainability into project management, and take into account that projects "live" in the context of programs and portfolios, the enterprise and ultimately society and the environment.

Professionally develop your sustainability and project management skills, enhance your career flexibility, and improve your Project Management competency.

This program is comprised of four sequential 90-minute modules with engaging assessments. The assessments must be completed to advance to the next module (1, 2, and 3), and there is one final assessment (at the end of Module 4) required for completion of the entire program.  Earn credible PDU's & CEU's toward Green Team University Certification.

Featured Book: Green Project Management

greenprojectmangementGreen Project Management by Richard Maltzman & David Shirley. 

Detailing cutting-edge green techniques and methods, this book teaches project managers how to maximize resources and get the most out of limited budgets.

It supplies proven techniques and best practices in green project management, including risk and opportunity assessments. With illustrative case studies and insights from acknowledged leaders in green project management, the text:

•Explains how to tap into green incentives, including grants, rebates, and tax credits
•Includes case studies that illustrate how to integrate green techniques and methods to generate cost savings and maximize resources
•Provides green techniques that take little time to implement, can benefit all types of projects, and can generate immediate savings to your project's bottom line

Praise for Green Project Management:

A first-of-its-kind book ... a must-read for senior executives as well as project managers.
—Harold Kerzner, Ph.D., Senior Executive Director for Project Management at The International Institute for Learning

This important book defines the green field and sets out the steps for those who want to be ahead of the crowd...
—Dr. David Hillson, PMP, FAPM, FIRM, MCMI, Director of Risk Doctor & Partners

... an incredible call to arms to increase your project greenality for a better world, or a bigger pay check, if you're still cynical on this topic.
—Bas de Baar, ProjectShrink.com

... an excellent job of making the reader aware of how much influence a single project manager, let alone an entire discipline, can have on improving our environment.
—Professor Schwalbe, Department of Business Administration, Augsburg College

Learning Objectives

 What you will Learn:

At the conclusion of this program you will be able to:

  • Bring your Project Management and Sustainability skills in line with the fastest growing field defining competitive advantage among firms and professionals. 
  • Gain insight at the intense interconnectivity between PM and Sustainability.
  • Increase your "greenality" for a better world or a bigger paycheck.
  • Explore tools, frameworks and resources for sustainability implementation through project management.

The course will be delivered in four, 1.5 hour interactive, instructor-led sessions and four interactive learning assessments.

Assessments will include an online individual multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank "test for understanding" after each module. In addition, participants will post reflections to on-line challenge test. 

Week 1, Oct. 8, 2014, 1-2:30 pm EST (On-Line):

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the fundamental ecological, political and social factors contributing to the "Green Wave"

o Problem Drivers and Indicators: 

  • Climate change (GHG buildup)
  • Population Increase
  • Rapidly Developing Nations
  • Resource Depletion
  • Environmental degradation
  • Toxic waste
  • Loss of biodiversity

o Government (US and Global)

  • Mandates and Guidelines
  • ISO14000
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • EPA regulations
  • Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiatives (RGGI)
  • California's AB32
  • Western Climate Initiative

o Bottom-up demand from project stakeholders, sponsors, and customers

  • increased awareness of the drivers and indicators
  • Bombardment of 'green' advertising from manufacturers and service providers

2. Understand Green project fundamentals

o How Green + Quality = Greenality
o Reducing NPO
o Cost of Greenality

3. Develop a basic conversancy in key sustainability/environmental project terminology

o The Natural Step fundamentals
o The "price" of carbon: carbon footprint, trading
o Cradle to Cradle & Closed Loop Processes

4. Determine their own personal next steps

o Continued training
o Taking on the green challenge – becoming a champion of green project management

Week 2 - Assessment Activity (20 to 30 minutes, self administered)

Week 3, Oct. 22, 2014, 1:00 -2:30 pm EST (On-Line)

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand and examine the traditional project management processes:

o Planning
o Executing
o Monitoring
o Controlling
o Closing

2. Explore the intersection between the green and traditional project management.
3. Understand how project management processes themselves can be more green.
4. Apply the knowledge from Module 1 or equivalent regarding the Green Wave
5. Understand where being green –  ecologically aware and efficient – can benefit  project management.
6. Understand potential "sustainability/green" changes to the PMBOK® Guide and Code of Ethics & Professional Responsibility

o PMBOK® Guide

  • Scope
  • Integration
  • Purchasing
  • Closing

7. Lifecycle Thinking for PMs

o Cradle to Cradle instead of project handoff
o Heresy: Think "operations" and disposal
o The beginning of the beginning, the end of the beginning, the beginning of the end and the end of the end

Week 4 - Assessment Activity (20 - 30 minutes Self Administered)

Week 5, Nov. 5, 2014, 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST (On-Line)

Learning Outcomes:

1. Examine the basic PM Risk vocabulary and framework

o Uncertainty versus Risk
o Fully identifying Threats and Opportunities
o Crafting proper risk statements
o The risk management plan
o The risk register
o The risk map and scoring risk against 4P (people, project, planet, profit) objectives
o Risk analysis
o Risk response, secondary and residual risk

2. Understand the 'environmental/sustainability lens' and apply it to Project Risk

o Threats

  • Fines, penalties, poor consumer or press image
  • Inefficiencies, lots of 'Non-Project-Outputs" (NPOs)

o Opportunities

  • Obviating and avoiding fines
  • Being seen as an eco-leader

3. Use the environmental lens to assist in identifying green project risk

o Sources of project lessons learned
o Triggering green project risk brainstorming

4. Analyzing green project risk
5. Responding to green project risk
6. Secondary and residual risks with respect to sustainability

Week 6 - Assessment Activity (20- 30 minutes - Self Administered)

Week 7, Nov. 19, 2014, 1:00-2:30 pm EST (On-Line)

Learning Outcomes:

1. Explore the environmental aspect of quality in projects and have a larger sense of what 'meeting stakeholder expectations' really means, by:

  • Better understanding stakeholders
  • Expanding the view of what quality means in terms of the environment

2. Understand the relationship of Cost of Quality and the Cost of Greenality

  • Investigating green costs
    • Cost of conformance
    • Cost of non-conformance
  • How investing in green pays for itself, a la Philip Crosby (Quality is Free)

3. Examine how project communications plays a role in integrating sustainability into projects
4. Identify advanced topics in integration of sustainability into projects

  • Taking on the role of change agent
  • Relating – and linking - sustainability to existing enterprise transformational efforts such as
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Lean Thinking
  • Conflict management and negotiation skills applied to sustainability integration

5. Understand the value and process for external communications

  • Direct greenality of communications
  • Using a collaborative community instead of frequent travel
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Web-based conferences
  •  Quantification of carbon savings based on the above
  • Communicating the greenality of your project to team members and stakeholders
  • Making the point about green projects
  • Using the rationales from: Green to Gold, Hot, Flat, and Crowded, The Truth About Green Business etc.
  • Shoring up your points with environmental
  • Convincing cynics using visual thinking - Back of the Napkin techniques (Dan Roam)
  • Suggestions for further coursework in Greenality and Project Communications

6. Advanced topics

  • Integrate the learning from the prior courses into a cohesive skill set
  • Rationale and motivation to serve as a change agent for:

o A wider variety of projects in the organization
o The PMO
o The leadership team
o Coordination with the Environmental Policy of the organization

  •  Achieve a deeper understanding and ability to apply:

o Identification, analysis, and response to green threats and opportunities
o Negotiation & Managing conflict

Week 8 - Final Assessment Activity



Trainers and Subject Matter Experts

Workshop Leaders

maltzmanRich Maltzman, PMP

Rich Maltzman, PMP, has been an engineer since 1978 and a Project Management supervisor since 1988, including a recent 2-year assignment in The Netherlands in which he built a team of PMs overseeing deployments of telecom networks in Europe and the Middle East.

His project work has been diverse, including projects such as the successful deployment of the entire video and telecom infrastructure for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, to the 2006 integration of the PMOs of two large merging corporations. As a second, but intertwined career, Rich has also focused on consulting and teaching, having developed curricula and/or taught at:
•Boston University's Corporate Education Center
•Merrimack College
•Northern Essex Community College
•University of Massachusetts – Lowell

 Rich has also professionally developed PMP-exam prep courseware, including exams and books. He even edited and was "the voice" for a set of 8 Audio CDs – a major part of a PMP prep course for an international company, for whom he has also facilitated PMP exam study groups. Rich was selected for the Modeling Team for the 4th Edition PMBOK Guide to be published by PMI in 2008, and contributed to the chapters on Quality and Risk.

Rich's educational background includes a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MSIE from Purdue University. In addition, Rich has a mini-MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a Master's Certificate in international business management granted jointly from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and INSEAD of France. From a Project Management standpoint, Rich received his PMP in 2000 after earning the Stevens Institute's Master's Certificate in 1999. He has presented papers on Project Management at conferences in Huizen, The Netherlands, Mexico City and Long Beach, California.

ShirleyDave Shirley, PMP

Dave Shirley, PMP, has been an instructor and consultant, with more than 30 years' experience in management and project management, in the corporate, public, and small business arenas. He has presented at such prestigious organizations as The Conference Board and the PMI® Global Congress.

Dave has also focused on consulting and teaching at the graduate level, having developed curricula and is currently teaching at:
•Boston University:
•Project Management
•IT Project Management
•Green IT
•Southern New Hampshire University:
•Corporate Social Responsibility
•Environmental Issues

Dave has previously been associated with:
•Northern Essex Community College
•New England College

In addition to his PMP, Dave has a BA degree in Geology and an honors MBA degree. He is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff with AT&T and Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories.

Who Should Attend

 This course will be of value to:

Project Managers who want a fundamental understanding of Green/Sustainability Project Management.

Sustainability Directors, Managers, Coordinators and Green Team Leaders who want a fundamental understanding of Project Management in the context of sustainability.

• Those who would like to become project managers and want to start with an understanding of Green/Sustainability Project Management.

• Anyone who wants a better understanding of Green/Sustainability Project Management.

Course Price:

Early Registration: $ 475 plus HST (register by September 10, 2014)

Regular Registration: $ 575 plus HST

Register up to 2 additional members of a Team (same location) for $ 100 each  (includes full participation & PDU's).  Book or e-book for additional members is an extra $ 70 plus shipping and handling.

This includes the e-book (a $ 70 value).  Hard copy of the book is available.  Shipping will be billed extra.

Sustainability Learning Centre - Continuing Education Units (contact hours) Certificates of Participation in "Sustainability Education" will be awarded with 7 contact hours for this course.  This course contributes 7 CEUs toward Sustainability & CSR Certification under the  Project Development Implementation Pathway.GreenTeamUniversity  For more information on Certification.


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