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You submitted the final deliverable to your client and the project is over, right? Not quite. There are a few closing steps that every project should go through. This important part of project management is often overlooked or skipped because the next project may have already started. Properly closing out a project

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Vast infrastructure systems underpin nearly every aspect of modern life. The roads and transit systems we rely on to get to and from work; the pipes that transport the water we drink; the lines that bring electricity we need to power our homes and offices—all have become indispensable. This critical

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Beth Ward

After years of work and two weeks of intense negotiations, last week 195 nations agreed to take steps to address climate change. The 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris was a historic event, and has already resulted in hundreds of published articles, commentaries, and

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July was the hottest month—ever. The average global temperature was the highest it’s been since recordkeeping started in 1880. And we’re on track for 2015 to be the hottest year ever recorded. Last week, President Barack Obama visited Alaska, the “front lines” of battling climate change, to showcase how residents

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Every company wants to demonstrate its value. A performance management system allows you to effectively show how your organization is meeting its goals and accomplishing its mission. But establishing such a system can be challenging. Where do you start? How do you implement a meaningful and effective system? One of

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Last week people across the country celebrated Earth Day by planting trees, picking up litter, and making pledges to do more to protect the planet. But what happens after Earth Day? An article in The Washington Post titled “The problem with Earth Day? Human psychology,” cited behavioral research that even

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Earlier this month, the world got one step closer to reaching an international climate agreement. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is working to have a new international climate agreement in place by the end of 2015 to establish a path forward for addressing global climate change

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As the year comes to a close, it’s a good time to take stock of the progress made in climate change policy. In January, I provided an overview of what was expected to be the major policy actions on climate change. Here’s what actually happened in 2014: President Obama’s decision

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Beth Ward

There was some encouraging news for the planet last week: the ozone layer is recovering. The gaseous layer, which protects the Earth from harmful levels of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, is expected to recover by 2050, according to the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2014, published September 10 by the

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