As project managers, we’re very familiar with the Project Charter or Charter Statement. It’s what breathes life into a project, and if used properly is a source of power and authority for the project manager and their team.
You also may be familiar with Charter Schools. From their association website, here is the definition of a Charter School:
Charter schools are independent public schools allowed freedom to be more innovative, while being held accountable for improved student achievement. They foster a partnership between parents, teachers and students to create an environment in which parents can be more involved, teachers are given the freedom to innovate and students are provided the structure they need to learn, with all three held accountable for improved student achievement.
Now we discover that a special organization – the Green Charter Schools Network – has been established, and given that as project managers we should be aware of the development of the next generation of project managers and how they’re being educated (after all, they will be part of our project teams and/or colleague project managers sooner than you think!), we provide you some information about them.
As we’ve been asserting in our book and in over 300 blog posts here, whatever you think about sustainability, you should come to terms with it because all of the world will be speaking this language, and learning the context of long-term thinking and awareness of the larger context – even if you are not. We’re doing our best to prevent you from being left behind.
Here is a little on their mission from their website.
Our mission is to support the establishment, enhancement and advancement of public charter schools with environment-focused educational programs and practices.
The Green Charter Schools Network (GCSNet) is a national nonprofit organization of environment-focused schools, individuals, and partnering organizations. Launched in February 2008 and headquartered in Madison, WI, the GCSNet is governed by a board of directors that is committed to GCSNetâ€™s vision and mission.
OUR VISION is for every person to be environmentally literate and to practice and promote sustainability in their community.
WHAT DOES GCSNet DO?
Promotes the development of innovative charter schools with environment-focused educational programs and practices, high expectations and equal opportunity for all.
Challenges and inspires everyone to help young people gain the knowledge, skills, insights, power, and motivation to make the world a better place with a sustainable future.
Facilitates networking among educators, students, parents, school leaders, policymakers and others and sharing of information about the environment, green practices, and schooling for sustainability.
Provides professional development, resources and guidance about the successful creation, operation, governance, and accountability of green schools.
Helps to create the capacity for change and encourages innovation, educational options and schooling for sustainability.
Provides leadership in forging and maintaining a sustainable society.
Also, it looks like the GCSN has set up the groundwork for a national conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, early next year. You may even catch EarthPM principals there…
See details here: