OU Partnership With Project Canary to Launch Energy ESG Certificate Program

A collaborative project to establish an environmental, social and governance energy leadership certificate program has been launched at the University of Oklahoma, according to a university press release.


The Ronnie K. Irani Center for Energy Solutions in the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy is partnering with Project Canary, an ESG-focused data analytics company, to develop the Energy ESG Leadership Certificate Program.


As compliance with environmental, social and governance principles transitions from a best practice to an industry requirement, professionals need a focused understanding of ESG to lead their companies and advance their own careers. In this certificate program, participants will gain practical, experiential knowledge from academic instructors, ESG- and sustainability-industry leaders, and access to Project Canary’s ESG data platforms. 


The two-week, 44-hour Energy ESG Leadership Certificate Program is aimed at professionals in the upstream and midstream sectors of the energy industry. The hybrid format will include a week of online instruction, followed by a week in-person at the university’s Oklahoma City campus. The first offering will run from April 11 to 22. Participants will earn 4.5 continuing education units.


“Reliable, affordable and sustainable oil and gas will be an important and foundational part of the energy portfolio long into the future,” said Dean Sergent, executive director of the Ronnie K. Irani Center for Energy Solutions. “We are excited to provide this executive certificate program with Project Canary. Equipping members of the energy industry to meet the market demand for oil and gas while leveraging ESG principles is important for the future of the industry, for the environment, and for businesses and consumers alike.”


The unique partnership between OU’s Irani Center and Project Canary will provide a blend of both academic and industry perspectives.  


“This is the era of the measurement economy, and this class of executives will lead the way,” said Chris Romer, CEO and co-founder of Project Canary. “The University of Oklahoma’s energy program is highly regarded for their real-world approach to education. As a mission-driven, public-benefit corporation focused on ESG leadership and technology, we’re proud to foster sustainability-focused professional growth in the energy sector.”