GPM Global announces 2014 Sustainable Project Management Awards.



GPM Global Announces Project of the Year, Student of the Year and Individual Sustainability Awards

22 December 2014 – Fort Wayne, London, Brisbane, Mendoza, Beijing – GPM Global has announced their Project of the Year, Student of the Year and Individual Sustainability Awards. GPM’s International Awards program showcases projects that exemplify sustainable approaches and outcomes, individuals who put forth incredible efforts to advance sustainability in project management and students who develop world class business cases to integrate sustainability in project management.

141222-pmwj30-2014-GPM2GPM Awards Director Alan Tupicoff stated “All of our 2014 award winners have demonstrated both the commitment to the integration of the principals of sustainability in project management and the value that it brings to their organizations, the environment and society at large. We congratulate them for being leaders in the field.”

The 2014 Awards and Recipients:

Fundamentals Award (Student) Recipient – Claudia Palacios, Nicaragua

Claudia is a Masters student at UCI in Costa Rica and as part of the MPM program took our PRiSM University Program. The case study that she developed in the program evolved into a formal thesis, that she presented as a business case for the company she works for to formally adopt sustainability.

Sustainability Award Recipient – Ron Schipper, Netherlands

For many years Ron has been an advocate for sustainable practice. As a co-author of “Sustainability in Project Management” and successive publications he has been on the forefront as a thought leader. As a practitioner, he has led initiatives at his firm Van Aetsveld to embed sustainability into their portfolio of offerings. Ron has presented at numerous research and professional conferences around the world and is someone that has “walked the talk”.

Sustainability Project of the Year Award – Gold Category

Project – Paseo Cayala Program, Guatemala City

Context – Community Service / Development (Construction)

Recipient – Administradors Comercial Paseo Fase 1, S.A.

Project Summary:

The project’s justification is the belief that neighborhoods are the building blocks of towns and cities, and a great neighborhoods form healthy towns and cities.

Against all odds and trends (financial, social, crime and security challenges at the time) a vision for creating a sustainable legacy for future generations by creating safe and vibrant neighborhoods was established, with Paseo Cayalá as the city center of Ciudad Cayalá.

Paseo Cayalá is comprised of several quarters or neighborhoods over 44 hectares with areas for shopping, residential, dining, entertainment, convenience, services, and offices. The combined sustainable social, environmental and financial impact has been significant.

The project objectives were split between product results and team internal.

  • Innovation
  • Quality of Life
  • Product Variety
  • Highly Productive Team
  • High Sales Volume
  • Reliable Execution

Sustainability Focus

Social – Cayalá has worked with the surrounding communities closely to provide education knowing that the sustainable growth will come from the integration. This is also one of the reasons they supported the construction of the church for 1,500 parishioners not only economically but also helped in the design. Land was also donated to two schools Colegio Interamericano and Colegio Austríaco to foster a working community. Environmental – Cayalá simbolizes the desire to set a new benchmark, instead of just complying with local regulations their out of the box concepts has given the community the largest natural reserve in the city and economies of scale in their water treatment plants by thinking about the future. The neo urbanism concept applied creates communities that can walk to their offices, hence reducing the need of petrol vehicles and the CO2 footprint of this city.

Fiscal – Most development projects in Guatemala calculate their payback time for 3 to 5 years’ time after which the developers do not care what happens. Cayalá again planned for 20 years and carefully thought about the evolution of the business. “A building should adapt to its surroundings and not become obsolete”.

Read the full Case Study at http://www.greenprojectmanagement.org/awards

Sustainability Project of the Year Award – Silver Category

Recipient – MAHAK- the Society to Support Children Suffering from Cancer

Project- Project: MAHAK’s Two Year Operational – Developmental Project

Context – Internationally Funded Humanitarian Aid Project

Project Summary:

During the period 2012-2013, MAHAK managed to collect the revenues necessary for performing its activities and fulfilling the financial demands of the organization and its stakeholders. These funds have been used to diagnose, treat and provide welfare for children suffering from cancer and their families throughout Iran. In order to get the most out of the funds provided, MAHAK has decided to operate on a two-year plan called “MAHAK’s Two Year Operational – Developmental Project”.

When breaking down the aims of the project during this period, an examination shows that MAHAK achieved 94 percent of its goals in this project, below are a few of the projects outcomes:

The two fundamental aims of the project were to

  1. provide comprehensive support for children suffering from cancer and their family
  2. raise the necessary funds to offer the support.

The former was executed by supporting 21,147 children in 32 hospitals throughout the country. Additionally, we expanded our psychology services to 12 new hospitals in Tehran. The latter was managed solely by public donations by expanding 13 additional offices in Tehran, easier access to bank accounts, online donations, etc.

  • Although our estimated income was 1.9% less than our actual income, we were able to reduce our expenses by 16.9%; hence the budget surplus remains at 89% of what had been estimated.
  • We were able to complete this project with 5% fewer personnel than which was estimated.
  • MAHAK public awareness and market penetration increased during this period.
  • Stakeholder satisfaction from MAHAK increased from 85% to 97%
  • Volunteer contribution increased from 3.8% to 9.5%
  • The hospital bed occupancy rate increased from 80.2% to 96.3%
  • The number of children under coverage increased by 21.7%
  • MAHAK was ranked 10th by Société Generale de Surveillance in which it received the Société Generale de Surveillance (SGS) NGO Benchmarking being the first non-governmental organization in the Middle East to do so.

Although that 94% of the project was completed, the remaining 6% in which MAHAK was not able to complete have been identified and shall be addressed in our next “MAHAK’s Two Year Operational – Developmental Project”:

  • Moving from functional-based management to process–based management resulting in a more synergic workplace, hence becoming more efficient.
  • Unexpected and unplanned operations, in which resources have been used in order to complete the required tasks. In the future additional resources will be put aside to be used in these circumstances.

The importance of International Relations, which helped us to become a member of “International Movement against Cancer”, Knowledge and experience exchange and to familiarize other international entities regarding MAHAK and its actions in the fight against cancer.

Formed in 2009, GPM® is a global professional development organization dedicated to the advancement of the practical application of sustainability in change initiatives to decouple social and environmental degradation from economic prosperity. Their professional accreditations, PSM3™ assessments, training and three time award winning project delivery method PRiSM™ are offered in more than 145 countries around the world through accredited training partners and Universities. To learn more about GPM®, visit http://greenprojectmanagement.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=66d1da369fb4e30ac415ada74&id=98e254f73b&e=6f81a045d9

Source: GPM Global