So, they tell us today is “Pi Day“, in honor of the constant Î which represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, which works out to be approximately 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375. Approximately.
Then they tell me that tomorrow is the “Ides of March”, the 15th day of March, and the date that, in 44 BC, was not such a good one for Julius Caesar, in that he was stabbed a number of times. 23 times in fact. Stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, stab, and stab. Yep. A bummer of a day for Julius.
Um, so evidently there’s quite a bit of counting that takes place this time of year. In fact, many of those in the northern hemisphere are counting the days until Spring.
What does this have to do with project management, or sustainability, or that intersection?
Well, one of the aspects of green project management that we’ve been describing and trying to convey to our (growing) audience (yet another thing we could count), is the fact that the company you are working for is most likely advertising to the world that they are becoming increasingly sustainable. Whether you agree with the reasoning as to why they are becoming sustainable, and whether or not you agree that they should is rather a moot point. They are making the claims, and there are people out there checking – and perhaps counting.
People, and organizations like Climate Counts. We suggest you have a look at their site.
What are they about? From their site:
Climate Counts is a collaborative effort to bring consumers and companies together in the fight against global climate change.
What you’ll find there is a rating system that determines how the companies stack up in terms of not only what they are saying, but what they are doing in the area of sustainability.
They use these criteria:
Has the company being analyzed…
- MEASURED their climate “footprint”
- REDUCED their impact on global warming
- SUPPORTED (or suggest intent to block) progressive climate legislation
- Publicly DISCLOSED their climate actions clearly and comprehensively
Explore your industry. Check out your own company. Who are the slackers, who are the leaders in this area? Who, as they would say, are “Striding” (green icon), “Starting” (yellow), or “Stuck” (red). Studies show that employees are motivated by their organization’s reputation. What color is your company? And also… know that you aren’t the only one poking around at this site. It’s extremely well-visited. That means your customers are looking. Your vendors are looking. Your friends and family… All kinds of stakeholders are looking.
Please take a moment and explore the site. You will understand.
So why did we call this post, “Counting on you…”? Well, we think that your company leaders are counting on you, Mr. or Ms. Project Manager, to bring those scores up, and to have your company walk the talk – and in some cases, even start to talk the talk. You are managing change. You are driving the business objectives from the enterprise level with the execution of portfolios, programs, and projects. We’ve written extensively on how you can do this, even if your project is what we call “Green in General” – that is, not directly related to energy, biodiversity, or conservation. In fact, your project could be as unrelated as developing a new training program for a new payroll system. There are still things you can do within that project and dealing with its product and steady-state that can help the organization along in the area of sustainability. Our book has much more detail. Buy a copy. We are counting.