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Where: ON-LINE Recordings  When: Available Any Time

What: Recordings Only (no instructor facilitation)


Who Attended: Attendees from Denmark, Australia, United States and Canada. Companies include: Department of Fisheries and Oceans, American Family Insurance, Coffey Projects (Australia), AMP XL (Australia), AMEC Environment & Infrustructure, York University, Holistic Project Management Consulting, C. Bridges (LEED Green Assoc), and many more.

What They Said:

  • "Totally loved it! I look forward to taking more courses in the future. Really appreciate Dave & Rich, their commitment to sustainability and the format of their teaching."
  • "Dave and Rich certainly have a pulse on the rapidly developing field of green project management and I feel privilaged to have had the opportunity to take this course with them."
  • "Rick and Dave's course provides you with a short cut on how to integrate sustainability in project managment. If you are confused about sustainability risks, as opposed to other project risks, this is the course you need to take."
  • "With two subject matter experts in both established project management and in the trending of sustainability as a business strategy. Combine that with an open and supportive learning environment, complimented with a published resource to take home, makes for a very rich and creative learning environment."
  • This course is a great way for those in the green industry to learn how to combine their knowledge into project management.
  • "Great class for new project managers to get on board with project management concepts and to get their feet wet related to modern day sustainability concerns on a wide range of projects areas."
  • Receive 6 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 6 PDU's through this program and further position your career for Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsiblity integration.

  • Receive 6 Continuing Education Units (CEU's):

If you are working toward Sustainability or CSR Certification through Green Team University, you willGreenTeamUniversity receive 6 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.  Earn PDU's & CEU's toward Green Team University Certification.

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.

Module 1:

Learning Outcomes:

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

o Problem Drivers and Indicators: greenprojectmangement

  • 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

Module 2:

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

Module 3:

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

Module 4:

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

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:

Registration: $ 225 plus HST

Sustainability Learning Centre - Continuing Education Units (contact hours) Certificates of Participation in "Sustainability Education" will be awarded with 5contact hours for this course.  This course contributes 6 CEUs toward Sustainability & CSR Certification under the  Project Development Implementation Pathway.GreenTeamUniversity  For more information on Certification.

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