Urban Sustainability Certificate Program: Project Management

Ed. Note: In partnership with Sustainable JC, Lyndon Neal has agreed to report back on his experiences in the Urban Sustainability Certificate class.

I have finally come to terms with being back in school – dare I admit I am enjoying it? I already utilized some of the lessons learned from Jamie and Ash (Have you have been following week 1 and week 2 of my journey in this course?) and have even received great feedback from clients and colleagues about my approach.

This week, instructor Tom Gibbons introduced a project management module that will covers two weeks. As soon as Tom started speaking, it was clear what he wanted to achieve, and by the end of the first week I felt like he made it clear how he was going to get there. His materials included Learning Objectives and a Module Description:

Clearly Tom knows (and was able to demonstrate) that an understanding of details and theory is a good start, but practical application of those details and theory in real life situations (with a project plan, goals, times lines, and a clear mapping of steps) is critical to success.

And while project management is a substantial aspect of my day job, hearing a fresh perspective from a specialist like Tom is never a bad thing.

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PART TWO: PROJECT MANAGEMENT – THE SECOND WEEK

This week was the second week of Project Management with Thomas Gibbons. We thought we’d take a moment learn a little about what Tom does.

Tell me what you do.

I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

A what? How long have you been doing that?

I’ve worked as a Project or Program Manager for over 20 years.

So what project are you working on now?

Currently I’m a Commissioner at the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority, where my main focus is on the use of Green Infrastructure to reduce flooding and combined sewer overflows. I’m also on the Board of Directors at the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC).

Talk to me about how project management impacts sustainability.

Having some basic Project Management skills is important to sustainability because it increases the probability that any given project will succeed. Managing a project is challenging because the project manager needs to be able to monitor and control multiple processes simultaneously such as scope, schedule, budget, resources, communications, risk and quality.

And that’s what you’re teaching in the Urban Sustainability Course?

Yes. As part of the Urban Sustainability Project Management track, we provide basic, hands-on tools that folks can use to help monitor and control these processes.

That’s great, Thomas. Thanks for chatting.

Read more about SJC’s Certificate Program and my journey in the course:

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