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Green Project Management

1st Edition

By Richard Maltzman, David Shirley

CRC Press

296 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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Winner of PMI’s 2011 David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award

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:

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

… an impressive piece of work.

—Jean Binder, PMP, MBA, award-winning author (David I. Cleland Literature Award, 2008)

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,

… 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


A first-of-its-kind book … links the necessity of going green with project management. … This book offers a flexible and adaptive approach to bridging the gap between going green and project management. … 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

… an impressive piece of work. An indispensable book for project managers who are responsible for green projects, and an essential source for anyone willing to apply good project management principles to green initiatives. Maltzman and Shirley guide us through the impacts of green to project management, helping us to understand the basic vocabulary and principles, and potential developments and needs. The book also introduces new perspectives that are likely to become a reference in the field: the SMARTER principle, the green spectrum of projects, and a detailed guide to the green project life cycle.

Jean Binder, PMP, MBA, International Speaker and award winning author (David I. Cleland Literature Award, 2008)

The green imperative affects us all, personally and professionally, whether we recognize it or not. Green Project Management is an idea whose time has almost come, and very soon all project managers will need demonstrable green credentials. This important book defines the green field and sets out the steps for those who want to be ahead of the crowd, allowing us to take a considered response instead of being forced to react when green is no longer an option. But do it because you should, not because you must.

Dr. David Hillson, PMP, FAPM, FIRM, MCMI, Director of Risk Doctor & Partners

Greenality is the new black. Project managers need to consider the sustainability or greenness of their projects in the 21st Century; it is now part of their remit to make the best use of resources with this in mind.

Peter Taylor, Author of The Lazy Project Manager

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. Green + Quality is what your customers are demanding, and Rich and Dave wrote the ultimate guide for Project Managers to learn how to do this: metrics, definitions, examples and, very important, planning. Awesome!

Bas de Baar,

In this well-researched book, they explain why project managers need to view things through an environmental lens. Their measure of greenality will become another project process; a success factor by default for future projects. Maltzman and Shirley haven’t lost sight of the business imperative, either. They explain how being green is good for the bottom line, and when the business case stacks up, it’s good for projects and the planet.

Elizabeth Harrin, Author of the award-winning blog A Girl's Guide to Project Management

Unless you plan on leading a project to colonize the moon, you'd better incorporate this book's greenality principles into your project success scorecard. We've only got one planet to live on last time I checked.

Kimberly Wiefling, Author, Scrappy Project Management

… 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. They suggest that project managers add another focus to their work: viewing projects through an environmental lens. Maltzman and Shirley coin the term "greenality" to describe the degree to which you consider environmental factors that affect projects throughout the entire project life cycle and beyond. Greenality can be applied to all projects, and we will all benefit from this important concept.

Kathy Schwalbe, Author & Professor, Department of Business Administration, Augsburg College

Maltzmann (engineering, project management supervision) and Shirley (management, project management) offer guidance for project managers on how to implement green techniques and methods and maintain a healthy project bottom line. The authors address green terminology, green project fundamentals, types of projects, project development, execution, monitoring and controlling, life cycle assessment, lean thinking, and funding opportunities such as grants, rebates, and tax credits.

—In Research Book News,, February 2011

Table of Contents


Problem Drivers and Indicators

Climate Change

Population Increase

Rapidly Developing Nations and Resource Depletion

Environmental Degradation and Loss of Biodiversity

Government Agencies, Mandates, and Guidelines

Green Project Terminology: The Language of the Green Wave

Carbon Footprint and Sustainability

The Cycle of Sustainability

Cradle to Cradle

The Natural Step

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Green Project Manager



Triple Bottom Line

Eco Audit

Reduce, Redesign, Reuse, Recycle

Renewable Energy

SMARTER Objectives

Understanding Green Project Fundamentals

Green, Quality, and Greenality

Reducing Nonproduct Output

The Project Management Institute and Greenality

Cost of Greenality

Project Life Cycle Thinking

Project Cycle of Sustainability

Environmental Scope

Environmental Risks


Types of Projects: A Rainbow of Green

Green by Definition

Green by Project Impact (or the Lack Thereof)

Green by Product Impact


A Rainbow of Green


Project Ideation

Why Are Projects Initiated?

How Are Projects Chosen?

Decision-Making Tools and the Green Component

Creating the “Green”-Friendly Decision-Making Environment

Changing the Way People Think About Green

Decision-Making Tools

Validation of the Decision

Creating a Green Charter

The Initial Project Kickoff Meeting

Acting on the Idea

Tools and Techniques

Greenality of Project Communications

The Spirit of the Communication

Jeopardy and Escalation Processes

Greenality of Suppliers

Developing the Project

Project Planning

Sustainability and the WBS

Who and What Are Required for the Project

Greening the People

Greening the Schedule

Greening the Project Purchasing (Procurement)Process

Greening Project Costs

Greening Project Quality

Risk and Greenality

Greenality Outputs

Environmental Management Plan

Executing the Project

The Project Team

The Kickoff Meeting (Implementation)

Greenality Assurance

Tracking Project Process

Status and Progress ReportingUsing Social Media to Green Communications

Execution of Greenality Efforts

Warning Signs of Greenality Problems

Greenality of Suppliers

Capturing Greenality Lessons Learned

Taking the Watch (Monitoring and Controlling)

Greenality Data Collection and Analysis

Measuring the Performance of Greenality

Controlling the Issues

Keeping on an Even Keel

Change Control and Greenality

Effective Actions to Abate Greenality Issues


The Beginning and the End?

Heaven on Earth

Life Cycle Thinking Basics

Life Cycle Assessment

A Brief History

Standards for LCA

Carbon Footprinting Based on LCA

Performing an LCA

How to Promote the Use of an LCA

The Life Cycle of the Product of Your Project

LCA Software Tools

Lean Thinking, Muda, and the Four Ls

Lean Thinking and Your Project

Lean Methods

At the Top of Their Game





Office Depot


General Electric

Steward Advanced MaterialsHome of “The Toxin Terminator”

Sun Chips

Enabling Green to Earn You "Green”

Green Government PurchasingEPA

Grants and Rebates

Actions Undertaken


Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Green (A Green Project Manager’s Toolbox)

Resource Information

Books We Think You Should Read or Reference

Suggested Reading on Life Cycle Assessment

Collaboration Tools and Resources

Resource for Improving Team Collaboration Using

Web-Based Media

Green Efforts by Companies and Other

OrganizationsA Sampler

Web Sites Worth a Visit and a Stay

Additional Tools and Resources for Green Project Managers

Each chapter concludes with Endnotes

About the Authors

Rich Maltzman, PMP, has been an engineer since 1978 and a project management supervisor since 1988, including a recent two-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, and the 2006 integration of the program management offices (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 E ducation Center
  • Merrimack College
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • University of Massachusetts–Lowell

Rich has also professionally developed project management professional (PMP) exam prep courseware, including exams and books. He even edited and was "the voice" for a set of eight 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 fourth edition of the PMBOK Guide published by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in 2008, and contributed to the chapters on quality and risk.

Recently, Rich presented at two international conferences—the PMO Symposium in San Antonio, Texas, and the PMO Summit in Coconut Grove, Florida, the subject being the development framework for project managers. Currently, Rich is senior manager, learning and professional advancement, at the Global Program Management Office of a major telecom concern.

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.

Rich is currently coauthoring a book with Ranjit Biswas, PMP, titled The Fiddler on the Project, a portion of which is being collaboratively written on the Web via a wiki,, and posts regularly on his blog, Scope Crepe,

Dave Shirley, PMP, has been an instructor and consultant, and have more than 30 years’ experience in management and project management, in the corporate, public, and small-business arenas. As a member of the graduate faculty at New England College, he developed and teaches Managing Projects in Healthcare. As part of the Master’s of Management (MoM) in Healthcare Administration and the MoM in Project

Management and Organizational Leadership, he has taught project management at hospitals and businesses as well as online and on campus for the past seven years. He also developed, directed, and taught a project management certification program at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Dave is a senior instructor and consultant for Action For Results, and a senior instructor for ESI International, both leading project management education and training companies. He is also an adjunct professor for Southern New Hampshire University, teaching corporate social responsibility.

As a distinguished member of the technical staff with AT&T and Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories, Dave was responsible for managing the first light-wave transmission products as well as several quality efforts. He was also AT&T’s project manager for the first fiber-to-the-home effort in Connecticut, and was the Lucent Technologies’ program management director, managing several large telecommunications companies’ equipment deployment. Dave has many years of experience in developing, leading, and managing teams.

Dave’s educational background includes a BA degree in geology from Windham College, Putney, Vermont, and an honors MBA degree from Monmouth University in Long Branch, New Jersey. He also holds master’s certificates in project management from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, and American University in Washington, DC, and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

"PMP" is a certification mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc., which is registered in the United States and other nations. "PMI" is a service and trademark of the Project Management Institute, Inc., which is registered in the United States and other nations.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology