Sustainable Development Goal #4 of 17 Quality Education (and Project Management)

Sustainable Development Goal #4 is a whopper! It has ten targets and in this post I am going to focus on only one part of one target.

“By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, a thorough education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and culture’s contribution to sustainable development”

First of all, aren’t we all learners?


Do we ever stop learning?

No! Of course not!

So I am speaking to you Right?


Just Checking…

Ask yourself. Do you have the “needed knowledge and skills to promote sustainable development as a project manager?”  (pregnant pause) Well, you came to the right place!

How can you contribute to SDG#4 As a project manager? Easy! All you have to do is put P5 into practice. What is P5? It is our sustainability standard for project management. Best of all It is free and maps to the SDGs, Hooray!

In the majority of the posts on the SDGs, I will give specific pointers on what to do to incorporate them into projects, not with this one. SDG #4 is unique. I want to encourage all to take the time to learn about sustainability and how their projects both contribute to or detract from sustainable development on a local and global scale.

Below is the mapping we put together after the Global Goals were released to show the correlation to our standard.  We will be unveiling a newer P5 version soon with tighter integration but this serves for the time being.  The download link is below!

The GPM P5 Standard and the SDGs
The GPM P5 Standard and the SDGs

 To download the standard, click here


But wait!  There is more!

The Sustainable Project Principles

Show your support and join the 6,000+ other PMs who have signed the call to action for the Sustainable Project Principles call to action and be submitted as a signatory at COP22 in Morocco in support of the fight against climate change.  It just makes sense!!  visit and add your name!

Dr. Joel Carboni

Dr. Joel Carboni is a highly respected expert in sustainable project management. He is a graduate of Ball State University and holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development and Environment. He has over 25 years of experience in project management, including government, finance, consulting, manufacturing, and education. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and events related to project management and sustainability and has worked in more than 50 countries. In addition to serving as President Emeritus of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) in the United States and being a member of the Global advisory board, Dr. Carboni is also the founder of GPM (Green Project Management) and a visiting professor at Skema Business School. He is also the GPM representative to the United Nations Global Compact, where he was a founding signatory of the Business for Peace Initiative and the Anti-Corruption call to action and a contributor to the development of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). Dr. Carboni is the creator of the PRiSM™ project delivery methodology and the P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management and has written training programs on Green and Sustainable Project Management that are offered in more than 145 countries through professional training providers, business associations, and universities. He is the lead author of the book "Sustainable Project Management."

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