Green Project Management



Book Title:  Green Project Management
Author: Richard Maltzman, David Shirley
Publisher: CRC Press
List Price: $94.95
Format: Hardback, 296 Pages
Publication Date: August 2010
ISBN: 9781439830017
Reviewer: Keiani Smith
Review Date: January 2024



In Green Project Management, Maltzman and Shirley describe methods of incorporating ‘green’ and sustainable ideas, tools and techniques into projects, starting with the inherent green aspects of being a project manager. This book also explains how this is not only the right thing to do but also how to ‘sell’ the idea of green to stakeholders, project sponsors, and customers.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is well structured, providing a flow from section to section that makes perfect sense because it follows closely the main steps of a standard project that uses waterfall methodology: Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing.

The book is split into 4 overall sections and these sections are further split into chapters.

Section 1: Surfing the Green Wave. Chapters 1-4: This section highlights the terminology and reasoning behind why the addition of ‘green’ into project management is beneficial and the definition of a newly coined term, greenality.

Section 2: Hiking the Project. Chapters 5-8: This section transitions to the importance of green being written into and considered in a project early on, and how to incorporate it into every stage from the planning all the way to final deliverable.

Section 3: Approaching the Finish Line. Chapters 9-12: In this section, the importance of taking into consideration the full life of the deliverable, product etc. once the project is completed is highlighted. This is followed by an explanation of how going green makes green (as in money), and case studies of companies that do green particularly well are studied.

Section 4: Crossing the Finish Line. Chapters 13-14: This final section is dedicated to tips, tools, techniques, and resources for the green project manager. There is also a useful index of terms at the end.


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How to cite this review: Smith, K. (2024).  Green Project Management, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XIII, Issue II, February. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/pmwj138-Feb2024-Smith-Green-Project-Management-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Keiani Smith

Irving, Texas, USA


Keiani Smith is an Environmental Scientist bringing project management’s structure and knowledge to the wild world of environmental projects. She has a background in Chemistry and has worked in the environmental field for over five years now. She enjoys video game history and family time with her husband Ian, and their two cats, Viatrix and Voxel.

Keiani can be contacted at keianismith@gmail.com

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