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How to make your project management more sustainable

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With the COP21 Summit happening in Paris and reports that the planet is closer than ever to irreversible climate change, sustainability is becoming harder to ignore for most of us.

So how can you make your approach to project management more sustainable? Below are a few timely tips on how making small changes to the way you run your projects can a real positive impact on the environment.

  1. Make your project paperless. With 45% of printouts being trashed by the end of the working day, this small change can have a big impact. Producing a single sheet of paper takes approximately 330ml of water. With today’s technology, going paperless is easier than ever.
  2. Use cloud software as much as possible. By using cloud services you are reducing your carbon footprint.
  3. Ask your project team to use reusable drinking receptacles instead of plastic bottles and single-use disposable coffee cups. Many coffee shops now offer discounted coffee if you provide your own cup – so that’s a win-win!
  4. Ensure that any solution your project produces has considered how sustainable it will be.
  5. Offset your project’s carbon footprint. Some ideas to do this are to plant some trees or buy carbon credits from an accredited carbon broker.
  6. Make sure your sponsors and steering committee are on board with your sustainability initiatives.
  7. Log your green initiatives as project benefits to ensure they are tracked and reported on regularly.

These changes may seem insignificant but even these small efforts can go a long way towards helping us keep earth beautiful not just for us, but for our future generations.

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