Green Project Management – A Case Study in Sustainability


Management of Chemical Containers for Social Good: Child Health and Nutrition

Mónica González

Mendoza, Argentina


The hazardous materials are defined as materials that represent a risk to human health, property, or the environment due to their physical or chemical characteristics. They differentiate from hazardous waste in the fact of it is any material unwanted and cannot be reused or is a spent chemical which must be disposed. In this work, the author focuses on chemical containers with traces of agrochemicals that come out of use of agricultural producers and how, with a proper management, processing and marketing can to be used to impact positively on the child health and nutrition, contributing in the fight against the child malnutrition.

This paper studies the case of an agreement between governmental institutions focused on agriculture, a polyolefin (plastic) recycling company and three childcare non-governmental organizations. The management container scheme used includes cleaning with the triple rising method, classification as non-hazardous materials according to FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), recycling into new product and selling into the secondary materials market, and applying the economic benefits directly to child health and nutrition. As a result, the author concludes, if this mechanism is replicated worldwide, organizations that adheres United Nations Global Compact can significantly contribute to achieving the 4th Millennium Development Goal, which calls for reducing by two thirds the under-five child mortality by 2015.

Keywords: Chemical containers, triple rising method, recycling, child malnutrition, Millennium Development Goals, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, under five child mortality

1.    Introduction

According to the latest estimates on child mortality Levels and Trends in Child Mortality, Report 2013the leading causes of death among children under age five include pneumonia (17 percent of all under-five deaths), preterm birth complications (15 percent), intrapartum complications (complications during birth; 10 percent), diarrhea (9 percent) and malaria (7 percent). Globally, about 45 percent of under-five deaths are attributable to undernutrition, which is 3.1 million children each year”. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) in its Fact sheet N°290, updated May 2014, in regard with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) publishes: “Undernutrition which includes fetal growth restriction, stunting, wasting and deficiencies of vitamin A and zinc, along with suboptimal breastfeeding; is the underlying cause of death in an estimated 45% of all deaths among children under 5 years of age. The proportion of underweight children in developing countries has declined from 25% to 15% between 1990 and 2012. This rate of progress is close to the rate required to meet the MDG target, however improvements have been unevenly distributed between and within different regions”.

The WHO recognizes the significant progress has been globally made in reducing mortality in children under 5 years of age “In 2012, 6.6 million children under 5 died, compared with 12.6 million in 1990. Between 1990 and 2012, under-5 mortality declined by 47%, from an estimated rate of 90 deaths per 1000 live births to 48.” 

However, in spite of “The global rate of decline has also accelerated in recent years – from 1.2% per annum during 1990–1995 to 3.9% during 2005–2012, the world is unlikely to achieve the MDG target of a two-thirds reduction in 1990 mortality levels by the year 2015”.


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About the Author

monica-gonzalezMÓNICA GONZÁLEZ, MBA, PMP, GPM-Mflag-argentina

Mendoza, Argentina

Mónica González is an Industrial Engineer, Master in Business Administration and has two International Certifications, Project Management Professional (PMP®) of the Project Management Institute and Green Project Manager (GPM®) of the Green Project Management Organization. She has over 25 years of experience in Electrical Companies, in both public and private sectors, specifically in Electric Power Transmission in High and Medium Voltage.

In the past 14 years, she has worked as a Project Manager, involved with developing, establishing,  implementation and maintenance of Organizational (and Integrated) Management Systems according to the International Management Standards, like ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems – Requirements), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems — Requirements), ISO 26000 (Guidance on Social Responsibility), OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Standard)and the Argentinean  Resolution ENRE 057/2003 Public Safety for Electric Power Transmission in High and Medium Voltage. From 2002 to 2004, she was part of Communication Committee and Environmental and Sustainable Development Committee of Electricité de France (EDF) Branch America along with colleagues from France, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.

Since 2005, as independent contractor, she is Organizational System Manager in Baresi SRL a Polyolefin Recycling Company.

Monica is a PMI member and founder of the PMI Nuevo Cuyo Argentina Chapter, as a volunteer (2008-2013),she has served as Marketing and Communications leader, issuing a monthly newsletter among others. In addition to integrate the PMI Global Sustainability Community of Practice Council (May´2010-Dec´2012) and support  PMI Educational Foundation as a Liaison in Nuevo Cuyo Chapter (2011-2013), she serves as a committee member for the PC/ISO 236 Project Committee: Project Management; and for the ISO/TC 258 – Technical Committee: Project, Program, Portfolio Management.

From October 2012, Mónica is a member of the Green Project Management Executive Consortium. Currently, she is a Director, Program Operations (Latin America) – GPM Global and Vice Chair, GPMG Accreditation Board.  Monica can be contacted at [email protected]

To see previous works by Monica Gonzalez, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library.