Sustainability in Project Management Featured at the IPMA World Congress 2012


8 December 2012 – Zurich, Switzerland – Sustainability in Project Management is an increasingly important topic, and was highlighted at the 26th IPMA World Congress 2012 in Greece on 29th to 31st October 2012. The stream, Project Management and Sustainable Development, had a great turnout and raised important points on the relevance and need for the integration of sustainability and project management.

The stream presenters (shown left to right) consisted of Claudia Weninger, Erwin Weitlaner, Martina Huemann, Prof Gilbert Silvius, Joel Carboni, Ron Schipper, Rodney Turner, and (not shown) Frank Anbari, Lynn Keeys, and Bert Vliex.

Presentations included:

  • The relevance of SD for project initiation and project management
  • Project Key Performance Indicators for Sustainable Development
  • Responsibilities for sustainable development in project and program management
  • Sustainability in Business Case Evaluation
  • Project Initiation & Sustainable Development Principles
  • Process approach to integrating project sustainable development strategy
  • Project Stakeholder Management for Sustainable Development
  • Sustainability in Project Management: Reality Bites
  • The advent of the sustainability management plan: Practical activities that are long overdue

The presentations, some of which will be available in the near future on SCOPUS, covered research results and case studies as well as tools and methods, all of which aligned to demonstrate the need, benefits, and practical nature of integrating sustainable methods with project delivery from a social, economic, environmental, process and product/service perspective.

Joel Carboni, Director of Standards, at asapm, IPMA-USA, stated “Prior to this event, many of us in this stream had never worked directly or even met one another. What we found as each presentation was given was what we contributed as individuals, provided support for each other as a whole and we all agreed that moving forward, we will take a collaborative approach to further advance the topic. Also, we are poised to start working to expand the stream for the 27th IPMA World Congress which will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 30th to October 3rd in 2013.

The 26th IPMA World Congress was organized by the Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece), the Greek IPMA Member Association, in cooperation with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), under auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure.

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) is an international federation of more than 50 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The IPMA World Congress is one of the largest and most important gatherings of project management authorities and leaders each year. The president of IPMA for 2011 and 2012 was Mr Roberto Mori. The president-elect for 2013-2014 is Mr. Mladen Radujkovic.  http://ipma.ch/

News Item by Joel Carboni, Green Project Management.® Photo by Jouko Vaskimo

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