The Sustainability Imperative: Making the Case and Driving Change

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

Course Description

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.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • better manage sustainability risks
  • reduce sustainability delays
  • maintain or increase ROI
  • enhance industry reputation
  • mitigate 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
    • articulating the sustainability business case
    • optimizing sustainability through operations
    • increasing the likelihood of a project’s success
  • exploration of effective community engagement practices, including discussion of
    • how to manage sustainability in different cultures
    • how to work with communities to manage the local economic aspects associated with oil and gas development
  • application of learnings to the home front


  • Creating a deep and integrated understanding of sustainability
  • Identifying sustainability risks and opportunities
  • Optimizing sustainability through operational understanding
  • Optimizing stakeholder engagement and communications
  • Contributing to 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 minimum threshold) extends well beyond legislative requirements and regulatory permitting. It encompasses 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 successful oil and gas projects by improving the industry’s social and environmental performance.

Who Attends

  • 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) are awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page. Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will. Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


Johana Dunlop worked with Schlumberger for nearly 25 years and is deeply interested in the relationship between the oil and gas industry and society. Her education background draws on business, risk management and the liberal arts with an AIRM from the Institute of Risk Management in the UK, an MS in management from Boston University and a BA with honors in French and classics from Trinity College in Dublin.

After a career in risk management in the oil and gas industry, 1997 was a turning point in which she took a sabbatical to volunteer in post-Soviet Armenia with a grassroots Franco-Armenian aid agency called Solidarité Protestante France-Armenie. Her return to Schlumberger, where she had previously been a risk manager for the seismic and wireline businesses, took her formally into a field in which she had long had an informal interest – the impact of business on society. For six years, starting in 1998, she lived in New York and held management responsibilities for the first global community outreach program – Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) - leading implementation, development and promotion, internal and external communications, development of peer relationships, and incubation support of other outreach activities.

In 2004 she returned to Paris to take on a double role. One of her roles was transforming the Schlumberger Foundation into a strategic philanthropic vehicle. This work resulted in a portfolio of programs out of which Faculty for the Future became the flagship program, funding and supporting female scientists from developing countries. Her second role was to materialize the company’s societal profile. This resulted in a global citizenship framework focused on the company’s sustainability solutions, its social and environmental footprint as well as its community outreach. For over 20 years she was the internal thought leader on these topics, supporting the company as it increasingly integrated sustainability factors into its core strategy, policies and practices.

In 2017 Johana joined the board of SPE as technical director, HSE and sustainability. She previously chaired the Sustainable Development Technical Section and spearheaded the sustainability strategy development exercise that led to SPE focusing on capacity and competency building for its 160,000 members around the world. Johana has also been an active contributor and supporter of IPIECA for many years.

Dr. Linda A. Battalora is a Teaching Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) and a Shultz Humanitarian Engineering Fellow. She has BS and MS degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Mines, a JD from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, and a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from Mines.

Prior to joining the Faculty at Mines, Linda served in various roles in the oil and gas industry including operations engineer, production engineer, attorney, and international negotiator for oil and gas project development. She is a registered patent attorney. Linda teaches Properties of Reservoir Fluids, Mechanics of Petroleum Production, Petroleum Seminar, Field Session, Fossil Energy, Environmental Law and Sustainability, and Corporate Social Responsibility. She teaches courses in the Energy, Midstream, Leadership in Social Responsibility, and Humanitarian Engineering minor programs and the Natural Resources and Energy Policy graduate program at Mines.

Linda is an active member of the SPE Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility (HSSE-SR) Advisory Committee and is Chair of the Sustainable Development Technical Section. She is a member of multiple professional organizations including the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, American Society for Engineering Education, American Inns of Court, American Bar Association, and Colorado Bar Association and is a researcher with the Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute and Cerner Corporation.

Her research areas include HSSE-SR and Sustainable Development in technology and operations, and the Circular Economy. She is the recipient of the 2015 SPE Rocky Mountain North America Region Award for distinguished achievement by Petroleum Engineering Faculty and the 2014 Rocky Mountain North America Region Award for distinguished contribution to Petroleum Engineering in Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility.