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Fostering Sustainability Through Responsible Project Management

Dave Elam | November 10, 2023

A look at ‘responsible’ project management – delivering projects that yield desired outputs and valuable outcomes, but produce no harm.


This article discusses ‘responsible’ project management, which goes beyond traditional project management goals of delivering projects on time and within budget. The Responsible Project Management (RPM) Initiative outlines 10 principles, helping project managers balance long-term sustainability with short-term goals. It emphasizes creating projects with higher values and avoiding unintended negative consequences, therefore advocating for ethical, long-term and sustainable project management practices.

This article appears in the March 2022 issue of EM Magazine, a copyrighted publication of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA;

David Elam

David (Dave) Elam has been active in the environmental industry for 35 years, principally in the air quality management field. Dave serves as a Vice President and Project Director at TRC where he assists with project delivery, regulatory analysis and quality management in the air quality and energy transition areas. Contact him at

Fostering Sustainability Through Responsible Project Management

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