The Sustainability Imperative: Making the Case and Driving Change (1-day version)

Management and Information Health, Safety, Environment, and Social Responsibility


The objective of this course is to provide participants with tools, techniques and knowledge for immediate use to help operators maintain project value through sustainability. Attendees will learn how to apply these tools to:

  • better manage sustainability risks, 
  • reduce sustainability delays, and 
  • maintain or Increase ROI, while 
  • enhancing industry reputation and 
  • mitigating sustainability impacts. 

Participants in this interactive and engaging course will receive an overview of key sustainability trends and challenges, applying those concepts to a case study providing: 

  • guidance on addressing sustainability early in a project’s lifecycle, with special attention on how to articulate the sustainability business case, optimize sustainability through operations, and increase the likelihood of a project’s success, 
  • exploration of effective community engagement practices, including discussion of how to manage sustainability in different cultures and work with communities to manage the local economic aspects associated with oil and gas development, 
  • implementation of effective community engagement practices, and 
    application of learnings to the home front.

Topics to be touched upon include:

  • Creating a deep and integrated understanding of sustainability
  • Identifying sustainability risks and opportunities
  • Optimizing sustainability through operational understanding
  • Optimizing stakeholder engagement and communications
  • Contributing community sustainability – managing the boom and bust impacts to community economics 
  • Integrating sustainability into the project lifecycle
  • Articulating the sustainability business case

A fundamental principle underpins this course: Securing and maintaining license to operate (as well as growing the commercial value beyond this threshold) extends well beyond legislative requirements and regulatory permitting to encompass not only the mitigation of adverse social and environmental impacts but also the advancement of financial, societal, and environmental benefits via the execution of strong sustainability performance. 

Learning Level

Beginner to Advanced 

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend?

Key benefits from this program go beyond furthering an individual’s professional development to improving risk and reputation management and enhancing the prospects for success of oil and gas projects by improving the industry’s social and environmental performance.

Who Should Attend

To ensure a consistent level of understanding and to further enrich the class dialogue across all levels of expertise, this course is recommended for:

  • Senior Management (Leadership/Strategy)
  • Field Management (Project Management/ Operations/Service Providers)
  • Corporate Sustainability Practitioners (Integrators)
  • Field Sustainability Practitioners (Social and Environmental Specialists) 


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 1-day course.


(Could be all instructors or a mix of the following.)

R.L. (Roland) Moreau retired in August 2014 with 34 years of service from ExxonMobil, where he held the position of Safety, Security, Health and Environment (SSH&E) Manager for ExxonMobil’s Upstream Research, Gas & Power Marketing, and Upstream Ventures business units. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for SPE International, following a previous term on the Board as the Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility (HSSE-SR) Technical Director from 2011-2014.  Roland also serves as the President-Elect Designate on the Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), the founding organization for SPE.  He remains active on various SPE initiatives in the areas of sustainable development and safety.  As a follow-up to co-chairing a collaborative summit with the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) focused on an industry-wide safety data management framework, Roland is currently assisting the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics on development and implementation of that industry-wide framework.  Roland received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1975, followed by an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1984. 

Dr. Linda Battalora is a Teaching Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Mines, her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, and her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Mines.  She teaches Reservoir Fluid Properties, Multidisciplinary Petroleum Design, Field Session, Graduate Petroleum Seminar, and Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law. Linda is an active member of the SPE and currently serves as the co-chair of the Sustainable Development Technical Section Steering Committee. She is also a member of multiple professional organizations and bar associations, and is the recipient of multiple industry recognition awards.

Flora Moon has had a diversified 25-year consulting career in oil and gas, technology, media and communications. She is the Sustainability Practice Director for Expressworks, a change management consultancy. Flora serves on the Board of Directors of the SPE Sustainable Development Technical Section (SDTS) and co-chairs its Performance Subsection. Her oil and gas clients have included operator, service and chemical companies. Her recent focus has been Sustainability, HSSE and organizational capability. Flora is formerly an award winning filmmaker who has worked with US and international Broadcast and Cable Networks and later worked on startup teams for technology companies including TimeWarner.