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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 Elam has spent 30 years in the environmental management field, primarily in the air quality area. Dave serves as a Project Director in TRC’s Air Measurement Services (AMS) practice where he is responsible for regulatory analysis and project direction. He attended Auburn University where he received a BS in Microbiology and an MS in Chemistry. He holds credentials as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE), and a Project Management Professional (PMP). Dave can be reached at 919.622.1846 or

Fostering Sustainability Through Responsible Project Management

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