Sustainability, Environmental & Security

Knowledge Area Definition

Sustainability refers to development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This includes economic development, social development and environmental protection. Broadly defined, sustainable development is a systems approach to growth and development and to manage natural, produced, and social capital for the welfare of currebt and future needs.

Environmental sustainability concerns the natural environment and how it endures and remains diverse and productive. Environmental sustainability requires society to design activities to meet human needs while preserving the life support systems of the planet, including implementing water conservation, utilizing renewable energy, recycling, and use of sustainable material supplies

Security is the protection from harm. It applies to any vulnerable and valuable asset, such as a person, dwelling, community, nation, or organization. Security provides a form of protection where a separation is created between the assets and the threat. These separations are generically called controls, and sometimes include changes to the asset or the threat.

Value Proposition

Sustainability delivers the ‘triple bottom line’ of improving social, economic and environmental impacts with projects. It is a phrase coined by industry that emphasizes the need for stakeholders and businesses to include environmental and social performance as well as financial performance to examine their sustainability activities.

Environmental remediation associated with soil and groundwater contamination is an increasingly important part of project management. This environmental effort is best driven by the owner to provide the overall greatest impact for the project. This research provides a proactive management process to guide the environmental effort to reduce liabilities and uphold corporate reputation.

Security emphasizes three critical aspects of security for any project, physical, personnel and information security. To maximize return on investment, the owner’s project team must ensure that security is incorporated during the project planning and execution phases. Early security planning avoids the disruption and cost associated with retrofitting security improvements later in the project life cycle. For the contractor, increased project security pays large dividends, whereby greater security can result in less theft, rework, fewer accidents, among other benefits which all provide opportunity for increased profitability.

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