The Opportunities at the Intersection of AI, Sustainability, and Project Management

Admin / May 7, 2024

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There are unprecedented opportunities at the intersection of AI, project management, and sustainability. Unfortunately, without proper execution, projects to implement AI come with complexities, costs and a carbon footprint that undermine sustainability goals.
It is essential for project managers to learn to implement “green algorithms,” specialized AI constructs designed to both enhance operational efficiency and prioritize sustainability.
 A five-step framework of defining sustainability objectives, centralizing data, customizing algorithms, pilot testing, and full-scale implementation can guide project managers and leaders as they deploy green algorithms effectively.
In 2020, Microsoft announced its “Planetary Computer” initiative, a monumental project aimed at collecting environmental data on a global scale and making it accessible for sustainability solutions. By partnering with environmental organizations and leveraging cutting-edge AI algorithms, Microsoft aims to tackle some of the planet’s most pressing environmental issues, from biodiversity loss to climate change. This forward-thinking project serves as more than just an example of corporate responsibility. It stands as a significant milestone, indicating a broader paradigm shift towards making AI and sustainability the backbone of modern project management.
Read full article on HBR
by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez and Ricardo Viana Vargas