Environmental Project Management and Planning Fundamentals

Project management is an important part of sustainable development and strong environmental management. Nations, companies, organizations and communities are increasingly understanding the need to preserve and restore the environment throughout their activities. Project management must take sustainability and restorative transformation of processes, production and all activities into account in order to ensure prosperity, growth and environmental security. Environmental Project Management can reduce risk, promote resilience, maximize the productivity of assets, and stimulate innovation, while producing social, economic, and environmental benefits.

Program duration – 

5 days

Target group –

Undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals.

Pre-requisites – 

Some knowledge and experience in project management practice is recommended.

Course fees – 

Course offered by CeNAT – Centro Nacional de Alta Tecnologia – $300 US dollars / $250 for Students

Please contact CeNAT to enroll in the course.         

CeNAT course information link  –        http://www.cenat.ac.cr/es/cursogestion/?fbclid=IwAR04JBJ_NgdLkZgMZi8vw_WL0yPcMgrd7F2oD8WNRYzBMnnGPSaGqhl1ySk

CeNAT Phone – +506- 2519 – 5835

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Introduction –

Project management is an important part of sustainable development and strong environmental management. Environmental project management and planning requires interdisciplinary approaches embracing capacity in project management, environmental sciences, engineering, public policy, legal, and communications disciplines.


Students who successfully complete the course will demonstrate an understanding of the impacts of projects on the environment, society and stakeholders, and obtain skills and knowledge at applying sustainable methods in project management.


Case studies and real-life projects suggested by students’ own experiences will be used to provide specific examples of project management issues and generate learning opportunities to develop practical skills for implementing their own projects. Certain unique challenges frequently exist in environmental project management, including defining and developing project scope, identifying stakeholders, managing risk, dealing with changing regulatory frameworks, and the need for strong communications and education to prevent disagreements and project delays.

Students will be exposed to established standards and methodologies of project management in a combined approach based on workshops, group practice, brief lectures, and readings. The five key process groups of project management; initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and closing, and the ten knowledge areas which are the components of the process, will be discussed.

Case studies will be used to educate students on integrated approaches to project management with emphasis on providing them with a structured approach to analyze, evaluate, design and manage successful projects which contribute to sustainable development.

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Goals and Objectives

The goal of this course is to provide students with skills and tools necessary to successfully plan and implement sustainable, environmentally beneficial projects.

The objectives of the course are for students to:

  • Review the concepts and practice of project management
  • Develop skills and tools for each phase of the project management process which ensure environmental protection and project success
  • Identify keys to project conceptualization and scope definition which will lead to successful project outcomes
  • Identify and address environmental impacts of projects, thereby minimizing risks
  • Understand the importance of stakeholder relations, both internal and external, and the role of communications and education in environmental project management
  • Understand the importance and complexity of regulatory frameworks and their impacts on project management
  • Create a project proposal / terms of reference document based on an actual project or case study
  • Complete a workshop, present actual projects, and develop toolkits

Required materials – 

Laptop computer or tablet – project(s) and topic information from home on one or more solutions or themes the student wishes to craft and develop. All other course materials will be provided.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the course will come away with a stronger understanding of the opportunities for sustainable development through environmental project management. They will analyze the project management process, potential obstacles to success, and opportunities to design, plan, implement and monitor projects which are economically, environmentally, and socially beneficial.


Using a case study-based approach, students will develop and present their ideas and solutions in a constructive and analytical group setting, with critiques by the group and the instructor. Each student will demonstrate their command of the course materials by creating, in groups, a capstone project based on applied solutions to real world situations.

Assessment and Evaluation –

Students will be evaluated by their peers, the course leader, and themselves on the basis of their participation, professionalism, commitment, and their capstone project. Students who successfully complete the course will be issued a certificate of completion and a written evaluation.

Program – Environmental Project Management and Planning Fundamentals 

Day 1:

  1. Orientation, Introductions of participants, course summary
  2. Introduction to the theme of Environmental Project Management
  3. What are the unique challenges to Environmental projects?
  4. Case studies
  5. Review of the concepts and practices of project management
  6. Workshop – Project concept development
  7. Workshop – Scope of Environmental projects – What are the challenges?


  1. Analysis of environmental problems and solutions
  2. Common causes of problems and project failures
  3. Risk management
  4. Case studies
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Day 3: 

  1. Identification of Stakeholders
  2. Case studies
  3. Understanding regulatory environments
  4. Regulatory change
  5. Case studies
  6. Workshop – Collaborating with stakeholders, including regulators 

Day 4: 

  1. Communication and education – keys to success
  2. Phases of the project management process – integration for environmental projects
  3. Workshop – project plan development
  4. Case studies

Day 5: 

  1. Case studies
  2. Project proposal creation with terms of reference
  3. Production of project toolkits
  4. Group presentations
  5. Course evaluations
  6. Environmental Leadership – Final presentation by instructor
  7. Presentation of certificates