In the Program Setup module we examined the importance of building three capacities essential to a transformational sustainability program. On this foundation, our focus now shifts toward taking action. The next module is all about determining how to use the limited resources available to adopt the sustainability projects that are most beneficial to the whole organization.
The Program Management Cycle is a process, repeated year-over-year and designed to streamline the identification, prioritization and implementation of sustainability projects. The three major steps involved are described in brief below and will be our focus for Module B:
Understanding Your Impact: involves setting data collection boundaries, collecting and analyzing data. Collecting the most important data and performing thoughtful analysis will provide a clear understanding of the organization’s sustainability.
Selecting the Best Projects: involves identifying potential projects, assessing the strongest candidates, and implementing the group that generates the most benefit to the organization.
Reporting on the Results: involves measuring the impact generated, sharing the results, and examining how the Program Management Cycle and overarching program can be improved.
The intention is not to apply this series of steps every few years as some sort of external add-on to the organization’s activities; rather, it’s to integrate these activities into the organizational functions performed each year, like budgeting, planning, and reporting.