Green Computing Research Project
The purpose of this team project is to help you practice and develop the project management skills learned from this course. Your instructor had proposed the following project titled “Green Computing Research Project”.
1. The Project is assessed in to two distinguished areas as follows:
A. Team Project report weighs 15%, and Team MS Project 2010 weighs 10%
B. Project Presentation weighs 10%
2. You’re required to follow the HCT Report formatting guidelines while developing any written report. Make sure you submit one MS word document report including the table of contents.
3. SafeAssign report is required for any report you submit for this project.
4. Read and follow the instructions carefully.
Web Application development for Emirates Environmental Group Project
Area A Project Deliverables: Generate a team written report and produce MS Project (25%)
Part 1: Project Integration Management
The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) is a professional working group devoted to protecting the environment through the means of education, action programs and community involvement. This year, EEG celebrates its 20thAnniversary!
Our organization is open to men and women of all nationalities and all ages and is actively encouraged and supported by concerned local and federal government agencies. It is the first environmental NGO in the world to be ISO 14001 certified and the only organization of its kind in the UAE with accredited status to the United Nations Convention to Combating Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). EEG is a signatory of the UN Global Compact and a focal point of the Global Compact in the GCC states. EEG is also a member of the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN). EEG is viewed as one of the most prestigious environmental groups within the Middle East and prides itself on its environmental achievements reached to date.
Aims & Objectives of EEG
To contribute positively to the advancement of sustainable development in Dubai and the UAE by acting as a focal point for people of all nationalities and ages concerned with environmental protection and responsible waste management.
To increase the level of public awareness on all local, regional and global environmental issues
To assist concerned authorities, where possible, in implementing environmental programs and projects
To promote positive environmental action by individuals through active participation in specific projects, campaigns and activities
To propagate community waste reduction and recycling schemes, both as a means of protecting the environment and as a flagship for improving the community’s environmental awareness
To compile a database on various environmental issues and make it available to the public and institutions,
To foster exchange of information, experience and practices including our areas of expertise.
To mobilize the support of experts on various environmental issues from the public and private sectors.
To liaise with various target groups within the community to spread the environmental message and encourage volunteerism in preserving and protecting the environment
EEG is planning to create website rich in multimedia content that focus of the following three environmental issues:
1. Water conservation
Water conservation can be defined as:
1. Any beneficial reduction in water loss, use or waste as well as the preservation of water quality.
2. A reduction in water use accomplished by implementation of water conservation or water efficiency measures; or,
3. Improved water management practices that reduce or enhance the beneficial use of water. A water conservation measure is an action, behavioral change, device, technology, or improved design or process implemented to reduce water loss, waste, or use. Water efficiency is a tool of water conservation. That results in more efficient water use and thus reduces water demand. The value and cost-effectiveness of a water efficiency measure must be evaluated in relation to its effects on the use and cost of other natural resources (e.g. energy or chemicals).
The goals of water conservation efforts include as follows:
• Sustainability. To ensure availability for future generations, the withdrawal of fresh water from an ecosystem should not exceed its natural replacement rate.
• Energy conservation. Water pumping, delivery, and wastewater treatment facilities consume a significant amount of energy. In some regions of the world (for example, California) over 15% of total electricity consumption is devoted to water management.
• Habitat conservation. Minimizing human water use helps to preserve fresh water habitats for local wildlife and migrating waterfowl, as well as reducing the need to build new dams and other water diversion infrastructure.
Visit the following website
Understand the 10 different ways we spend water and know the amount of water we spend on each. Develop a multimedia rich website that will help to know the water that we spend on each.
Calculate the total amount of water spent and suggest some ways to reduce the usage of water.
2. Carbon Footprint
The actions of individuals, companies and nations as a whole are all generating carbon emissions, which are unequivocally linked to the climate change crisis the planet is facing. The first step to taking effective action is to reduce your carbon footprint. However being totally carbon neutral through personal lifestyles changes or changes to business practices may not at present be achievable for the majority of us. What’s left over after implementing low carbon practices can be offset through a variety of methods?
Tree planting has been shown to be a viable way to offset carbon emissions. However planting trees to offset carbon has been the centre of some fierce debate over the years.
One of the contributing factors for the carbon emission is our transportation. We have different modes of transportation such as cars, buses, rail, airplanes, ships, etc. Let us look at the emission made by bus transport.
Part 1 – Car Travel
The following factors are important in the calculation:
• The number of kilometers the car will travel in one liter of gasoline. This is called the fuel consumption.
• The amount of carbon emitted by one liter of gasoline which is 2.3 kg
• The total distance travelled by the car in kilometers
• One metric ton is = 1000 kg
Carbon Emission = ((Distance travelled /fuel consumption) * 2.3)/1000
By dividing number of kilometers travelled by the fuel consumption of the car, we get the number of liters of gasoline consumed annually. We multiply this by 2.3 and divide by 1,000 to get metric tons of CO2.
Part 2 – House Hold Carbon Calculator
Visit the website link given below
Understand the 7 different ways we cause carbon emission and know the amount of carbon emission we incur on each. Develop a multimedia rich website that will help to know the carbon emission that we incur on each.
Calculate the total amount of carbon emission done and suggest some ways to reduce the carbon emission.
3. Title: Paperless Day
Since paper is so easily available it’s easy to forget about its enormous environmental impact. It is recognized that the paper and pulp industry is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and every step in the life cycle of a sheet of paper contributes to climate change – from cutting down trees, to producing the pulp and paper, to its eventual disposal.
The paper production process significantly contributes to the destruction of forests; in fact around 40% of the world’s commercially cut timber is processed for paper. The paper production process also consumes vast amounts of water and discharges water pollutants as well as omitting huge quantities of greenhouse gasses – a main source of global climate change. In fact, the pulp and paper industry is the fourth largest emitter of industrial greenhouse gases. When it rots, paper emits methane (a greenhouse gas), and it releases the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) when it is composted or burned. When you consider that 80% of office waste is paper, and the large majority of this goes to landfill – it’s easy to see there’s lot of wasted resources, money and time, buried in these landfills.
The UAE has a very high per capita consumption of paper, 175kg, against the global average of 62 kg. The UAE also has one of the highest ecological footprints in the world. Reducing wasteful paper use will play an important role in addressing the imbalance of current resource use and enabling a sustainable quality of life. Paperless Day is an easy and practical way to start on the journey toward being more resource efficient.
Develop a multimedia rich website that will assist the people in calculating the number of trees, greenhouse releases, and the manufacturing energy used to produce the paper they are using.
1. Research environmental organizations projects that are performed by large organizations or by countries around the world. Include your definition of the three areas of the project in the background scenario. Describe each area with the need of this project and what is needed to be done in this project. Summarize your results in a short paper, and cite at least three references.
2. Prepare a project charter for Web Application development for Emirates Environmental Group Project. Again, assume that the project will take six months to complete and that the budget is $500,000. Use the project charter template (charter.doc) and examples of the project charters in Chapters 3 and 4 as guidelines. Assume that part of the approach is to select the project team as quickly as possible.
Part 2: Project Scope Management
Congratulations! You have been selected as the project manager for the Web Application development for Emirates Environmental Group Project. Complete the following tasks.
1. Document requirements for your project so far, including a requirements traceability matrix. Use the reqs_matrix.xls template provided. Also include a list of questions you would like to ask the sponsor about the scope.
2. Develop a scope statement for the project using the template provided (scope_statement.doc). Be as specific as possible in describing product characteristics and deliverables. Make assumptions as needed, assuming you received answers to your questions in Task 1.
3. Develop a work breakdown structure (WBS) for the project. Break down the work to level 3 or level 4, as appropriate. Use the wbs.doc template provided and samples in the text as guides. Print the WBS in list form as a Word file. Be sure to base your WBS on the project scope statement, stakeholder requirements, and other relevant information. Remember to include the work involved in selecting the rest of your project team and outside resources as well as coordinating with the Environmental Technologies Program. Use the project management process groups as level 2 WBS items or include project management as a level 2 WBS item to make sure you include work related to managing the project.
4. Use the WBS you developed in Task 3 to create a Gantt chart for the project in Microsoft Project 2010. Use the outline numbering feature to display the outline numbers. Click Tools on the menu bar, click Options, and then click Show outline number. Do not enter any durations or dependencies.
Part 3: Project Time Management
As project manager, you are actively leading the Web Application development for Emirates Environmental Group Project team in developing a schedule. You found the following people to work in this project:
• You are the project manager of this project
• Matt is a senior Java/ASP.net programmer. He has quiet good experience in developing web applications
• Mary is 3D MAYA specialist
• Teresa is a multimedia content developer. She has very good experience in Adobe products other than 3D Maya.
• James is a senior system analyst.
• Ruby is a software testing specialist
• Cook is a Database specialist who has quiet good knowledge in oracle, SQL server and other major databases.
You are going to outsource a specialist to help you in hosting your website.
5. Estimate the task durations and enter dependencies as appropriate. Remember that your schedule goal for the project is six months.
6. Assign resources to each activity. Resolve any resource over-allocation when applicable using MS Project.
Part 4: Project Cost Management
As a project manager you have the responsibility of project cost management. Complete the following tasks.
7. Estimate activity cost for the project using MS Project (Insert the Cost Column). Assume a burdened labor rate of $100/hour for yourself (the project manager), $90/hour for Teresa, James,Mary and Cook, and $80/hour for Matt and Ruby. Assume about $200/hour for outsourced labor.
8. Using the cost estimate you created in Task 1, prepare a cost baseline by allocating the costs by WBS for each month of the project (Set the Project Baseline using MS Project).
9. Assume that you have completed three months of the project and have actual data. The BAC was $500,000 for this six-month project. Also assume the following:
PV ¼ $160,000
EV ¼ $150,000
AC ¼ $180,000
Using this information, write a short report that answers the following questions.
A. What is the cost variance, schedule variance, cost performance index (CPI), and schedule performance index (SPI) for the project?
B. Use the CPI to calculate the estimate at completion (EAC) for this project. Use the SPI to estimate how long it will take to finish this project.
C. How is the project doing? Is it ahead of schedule or behind schedule? Is it under budget or over budget? Should you alert your sponsor or other senior management and ask for assistance?