ESG Data Specialist Certification

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ESG Data Specialist Overview

The course offers a comprehensive exploration of sustainability and responsible business practices within the context of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations. Spanning a series of modules, participants will delve into a wide array of topics, including emissions management, diversity and inclusion, downstream impacts, governance frameworks, environmental data tracking, global benchmarks, data validation, and ESG tools. The course equips individuals with a deep understanding of the intricate interplay between business operations and the environment, fostering a holistic perspective on corporate responsibility. Through engaging discussions, practical examples, and hands-on tool exploration, participants will emerge well-equipped to navigate the complex landscape of sustainability, effectively harnessing data, benchmarks, and tools to drive positive environmental and social impact while ensuring ethical governance. The culminating open-book final exam serves as a capstone, evaluating participants’ ability to synthesize and apply their knowledge in diverse scenarios, making them proficient stewards of sustainability in the corporate world.

This advanced course is designed for:

  • Anyone who needs to understand ESG Frameworks, ESG Reporting Bureaus, ESG Reporting Tools, How to Acquire The Data Needed For A Company Sustainability Report and Reporting Bureaus, ESG Scopes, Global Benchmarks, and Data Verification
  • Entry Level staff to Executives
  • Anyone interested in pursing an ESG Career or someone who is already in an ESG position who wants to advance their knowledge in data analysis.

New skills you will develop in this course:

  • ESG Data Gathering
  • ESG Data Analysis
  • ESG Data Reporting
  • Company Sustainability Reporting
  • ESG Data Verification
  • Energy Star Reporting

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Course Schedule

This program blends together self-paced learning, interactive networking calls, and dedicated office hours. Following our recommended learning schedule, you can expect to finish the course within a span of 10 weeks. Once you’ve enrolled, a course counselor will arrange a personalized 1-on-1 session to guide you through the onboarding process and demonstrate how to effectively navigate the platform. Additionally, every month, we host office hours and a networking session, providing you with the opportunity to connect with fellow students, engage in discussions, and seek answers to any questions you might have.

Recommended Course Schedule:

  • Week 1: 1-on-1 Onboarding
  • Week 2: Modules 1 & 2
  • Week 3: Modules 3 & 4
  • Week 4: Modules 5 & 6
  • Week 5: Attend Monthly Office Hours/Networking Session
  • Week 6: Modules 7 & 8
  • Week 7: Modules 9 & 10
  • Week 8: Modules 11 & 12
  • Week 9: Attend Monthly Office Hours/Networking Session
  • Week 10: Final Exam

  • Office Hours:

  • Monday, October 9, 2023 at Noon EST
  • Monday, November 13, 2023 at Noon EST
  • Monday, December 11, 2023 at Noon EST
  • Course Contributors

    Charlie Cichetti
    CEO + Co-Founder. LEED Fellow + WELL AP
    Sustainable Investment Group

    Amy D’Angelo
    Director of ESG
    Sustainable Investment Group

    Harry Etra
    Managing Director
    HXE Partners

    Tim Trefzer
    Sustainability Manager
    Georgia World Congress Center Authority

    Evin Epstein
    Senior Vice President, Energy and Sustainability
    Paramount Group

    Amy Stelmaszyk
    Senior ESG Data Analyst
    Sustainable Investment Group

    Course Modules

    Module 1: Introduction to Sustainability
    Module 1 provides an overview of sustainability’s history, current trends, and future outlook. It includes interviews with professionals in sustainability careers, offering valuable insights and advice for those pursuing similar paths. Topics covered include milestones like the Brundtland Report and the SDGs, trends like renewable energy and circular economy, and potential future developments in climate action and sustainable urbanization.

    Module 2: Introduction to ESG
    Module 2 covers the fundamentals of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles. It outlines the development and increasing importance of ESG in business and investing. It explains the basics of the three pillars – Environmental, Social, and Governance – and their significance in measuring sustainability and societal impact. Additionally, it delves into the elements of an ESG report, which disclose a company’s ESG performance. The module also includes interviews with ESG Data Specialists, discussing their roles, responsibilities, and the growing relevance of ESG data management in today’s business landscape.

    Module 3: Understanding Environmental Sustainability
    Understanding environmental sustainability focuses on various aspects of environmental sustainability. It explores the concept of carbon impact, which refers to the carbon footprint of activities and products. Energy consumption and its implications for sustainability are discussed, along with the importance of managing water consumption to preserve this critical resource. The module also examines waste production and the need for proper waste management practices. Finally, it covers emissions and their environmental impacts, emphasizing the significance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change and promote sustainability.

    Module 4: Evolution from CSR / Sustainability to ESG
    This module traces the evolution from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability practices to the current focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles. It highlights the key differences between ESG and traditional sustainability approaches, emphasizing the broader scope and integration of ESG factors into business decision-making. The module discusses the importance of transparency in ESG reporting to build trust with stakeholders and enhance accountability. It covers prominent frameworks like the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Go

    Module 5: Defining the “E”
    This module focuses on how organizations act as stewards of the environment by adopting sustainable practices. It delves into the concept of emissions, including Scope 1 (direct emissions from owned or controlled sources), Scope 2 (indirect emissions from purchased energy), and Scope 3 (indirect emissions from the value chain). The module explores strategies for decarbonization, such as transitioning to renewable energy sources, implementing energy-efficient technologies, and reducing carbon footprints. Organizations can contribute to environmental sustainability and combat climate change by addressing these aspects.

    Module 6: Defining the “S”
    This module sheds light on the downstream impact that businesses can exert on their immediate environment. It delves into the intricate interplay between a company’s operations and the surrounding ecosystem. By analyzing the footprint left by organizational activities, participants gain a comprehensive understanding of how their business practices influence the environment. This module underscores the importance of adopting environmentally conscious practices and offers insights into mitigating negative impacts while promoting a harmonious relationship between business growth and ecological sustainability.

    Module 7: Defining the “G”
    This module zeroes in on the essence of Governance (“G”) and its multifaceted implications for organizations. It delves into the vital realm of ethical and honest business practices, spotlighting their paramount importance for a sustainable future. Additionally, participants will delve into various governance frameworks that accommodate the unique needs of different industries, underlining the need for flexibility and contextual relevance. A cornerstone of this module is the exploration of accountability mechanisms, emphasizing their role in fostering a corporate environment built on integrity and responsible behavior.

    Module 8: Environmental Data Types
    This module focuses on the array of Environmental Data Types, unveiling both what can be monitored and the means to achieve it effectively. It delves into the meticulous tracking of essential environmental factors including Energy consumption, Waste generation, Water usage, and Emissions data. Through exploration of diverse data collection methods and measurement tools, participants will attain proficiency in precisely quantifying these metrics. By engaging with this module, individuals will be equipped to systematically gather and analyze environmental data, empowering informed choices towards sustainable business strategies.

    Module 9: Global Benchmarks in Industry
    In this module, participants will delve into a comprehensive exploration of Global Benchmarks in Industry. The module extensively covers prominent benchmarks such as GRESB,, DOW Jones Sustainability Index, S&P Index, and the implications of SEC Ruling. Participants will also gain insights into the significance of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodologies. By immersing themselves in this module, individuals will acquire a deep understanding of how these benchmarks and assessments shape industry standards and guide businesses toward greater sustainability and responsible practices.

    Module 10: The Importance of Data Validation, Verification, and Assurance for the “E”
    Within this module, the focus centers on elucidating the critical significance of Data Validation, Verification, and Assurance for environmental practices (“E”). Participants will explore the three tiers of data—Scope 1, 2, and 3—and their implications, alongside an examination of reporting schemes and assurance statements. The module also delves into the ISO 14064-3 standard, providing insights into its relevance in ensuring data integrity. Participants will grasp the role of third-party validation in scrutinizing ESG data, ensuring accuracy, and enhancing credibility. By engaging with this module, individuals will gain expertise in upholding the integrity of environmental data and fostering transparency in sustainability reporting.

    Module 11: Tools of ESG
    In this module, participants will embark on an exploration of Measurabl and various other tools integral to the realm of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations. The module encompasses an in-depth examination of the diverse array of tools designed to support ESG initiatives. Participants will uncover the art of storytelling through data, effectively communicating ESG efforts and impacts. The module also offers insightful product demonstrations, providing hands-on exposure to the practical application of these tools. By engaging with this module, individuals will not only acquire a robust understanding of ESG tools but also learn how to wield them to weave compelling narratives backed by data-driven insights.

    Module 12: Energy Star Portfolio Manager
    Within this module, participants will delve into the vital role and practical application of the Energy Star Portfolio Manager. The module underscores the significance of this tool in assessing and managing energy efficiency in buildings and facilities. Participants will gain insights into its usage, advantages, and the value it brings to sustainability efforts. As a bonus, the module offers Energy Star Portfolio Manager Training, equipping individuals with the skills and know-how needed to harness the full potential of this tool for optimizing energy performance and contributing to environmental stewardship.

    Final Exam
    The Final Exam, consisting of 40 questions, spans a duration of 1 hour and is open-book in nature. This format allows you to reference course materials, notes, and resources as you answer the questions. The exam aims to gauge your comprehensive understanding of the course content and your ability to apply the concepts and principles in practical scenarios. By offering an open-book exam, we encourage you to draw upon your learning resources to provide well-informed and thoughtful responses that showcase your mastery of the subject matter.

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