Face it: As a project manager, your aim is to ensure that company projects are successful. Black and green are your favorite colors—you want the company to be in the black, and the path to making this happen is completely green. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to save the company some “greens”—or money—by being an efficient project manager, and there’s also nothing wrong with wanting to go green—by being eco-friendly—in order to grow your own project management career opportunities as well as your wallet size at the end of the day. The question is how do you know that your project management office is really ready to go green?
If you’ve ever worked in a government regulated industry, you know that the amount of paper that accumulates due to forms, data sheets, policies, SOPs, and quality manuals is monumental. Besides that, paper is constantly being printed and thrown away so that only the most up-to-date documents are being used. In a government regulated industry there are enough rules and procedures to comply without having to worry about whether or not your documents are current during an audit.
The newest catchphrase being bandied about the halls of regulatory buildings in Washington D.C. is the “ethanol blend wall.” The term represents a growing struggle between the lobbying efforts of the American Petroleum Institute and the Agricultural Retailers Association. At issue is the 2007 Renewable Fuel Standard congressional mandate that calls for the increased use of ethanol in fuel blends.
As we focus more on green building the kinds of measurements we take have grown as well. There are many types of certifications out there, but two of them are the well-known LEED and the newer Green Globes certified. Which one is better?
Although the key goal of any business is to maximize profits, there are other important factors to consider such as eco-responsibility and company sustainability. A company is considered to be a truly green industry if it has a double-fold policy. This means that being green is not only restricted to the operations of an organization, but it’s also reflected in its products and services.
It may not be as popular as BYOB, but businesses should sit up and take note of the bring-your-own-device craze. Bring your own device, or BYOD, lets employees utilize personal smart phones, tablets and laptops in a work environment instead of relying on company-provided mobiles. There’s ample reason for a company to take advantage of an employee-empowerment mobile plan, including increased productivity and morale, and according to a Cisco survey, nearly 90 percent of IT departments use a BYOD system. There’s more to it than just dollars and cents, however. How can a BYOD plan make a company turn into an eco-friendly business?
The New Year means that many of us will be making resolutions – plans to better ourselves, do something to better others or even do something to better the environment. We’ve only got one planet, and developing less harmful technology is going to be even more important in the future to ensure that our planet not only survives, but thrives. Here are five green tech trends that are going to be important for many of us to keep an eye on in the New Year.