Green PM – Good for the Bottom Line!

Green Project Management is not only in vogue, with a Green Project Management certification. Keeping the environment in mind as part of your best practices makes economic sense in so many ways that green PM can help the bottom line as much as the environment - a real win-win.

TenStep's Method123 templates blog, reproduced for you below, provides some insight into Green Project Management. You can find related templates to help you manage projects at

Here is my perspective in the form of several examples of how green thinking in PM also helps the bottom line:

  1. Green thinking may involve energy savings. Whether it's cutting down on travel, making a product more efficient, or incorporating energy use optimization techniques, the result will be energy savings, which makes sense from an economic as well as environmental reasons.
  2. Green thinking has a market appeal. This is one of the great successes for the environmental movement. Consumers prefer environmentally friendly products, given a choice where most other features are equal. Building green thinking into product development projects is again healthy for the bottom line.
  3. Green thinking is appealing to the work force. Showing employees that you are incorporating green practices tends to attract and retain a stronger work force, as this philosophy is seen as reflecting on the way the organization treats people, maintains the work place, and demonstrates its values in all services it provides.
  4. Noise, effluent, and air emissions from industrial plants are negatives for the neighborhoods where the plants are located. Green practices builds stronger and more sustainable relations with neighborhood communities, reducing costs of operations, and also building reputation that smooths the way for future expansion.
  5. Reduced raw material usage is not only an output of cost savings measures, but also green PM practices. When green best practices can produce reduced use of raw materials in products and processes, costs are reduced, also effecting the bottom line.

Here is the TenStep's Method123 templates blog post:

Add Green Thinking to Your Procurement Process

The TenStep model for green project management (GreenPM®) integrates green thinking (“greenthink”) into every project management process. The point about green project management is not that you make every decision in favor of the one that is most environmentally friendly. The point is that you start to take the environment into account during the decision-making process. You might make most decisions the same as you do today. But there might be some decisions you would make differently. (Read all about GreenPM at


Procurement refers to the aspects of project management related to obtaining goods and services from outside companies.

Green Procurement

There are a number of areas within procurement that can be enhanced to consider sustainability and help you establish a green procurement approach.

Plan Procurements. Green procurement starts with the Procurement Management Plan. The Plan will incorporate green thinking. It is important to understand and note any organizational Environmental or Sustainability policies and standards you are adopting on your project. As you gather and rank the needs against which you will evaluate vendors, you can now include sustainability criteria that the vendors need to meet. You can also establish the weighting factors for these needs and ultimately rate the vendors on their ability to meet your environmental and sustainability requirements.

Obtain Seller Responses. In your RFP, you may include information on your organization’s environmental focus (such as describing your GreenPM processes) and have the vendor comment on how they will align to these, or make a general inquiry regarding the vendor’s use of green processes. Each vendor should be able to explain and demonstrate how they help accomplish your environmental goals, possibly describing how they have completed similar goals previously.

Select Sellers. Map the vendor capabilities against your requirements and weighting factors, including the environment requirements that you have established. Using GreenPM, it is possible that your vendor selection may result in a different vendor. For example, if your environment requirements are weighted highly, it is possible that there is a vendor with a significant focus in this area who ends up being your top ranked vendor.

Administer Procurements. You should validate that the vendor is performing as agreed throughout the project. This includes confirming that the vendor is following green project management processes (GreenPM) and meeting any defined environment criteria for deliverable completion. Procurement audits can be one approach to validating the compliance to your expected standards and processes.

Procurement is not simple and organizations seek to continually streamline and improve their procurement approaches. Green procurement may add another dimension to improving procurement processes. Read more at

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