Executive Education
Capturing Opportunities in the Energy Transition Via the Supply Network

Transition to Green Energy

Today's organizations face pressure on many fronts, one of which is playing a role in climate change and the threat of its irreversible effects on the planet.

Adopting renewable energy solutions, optimizing energy use and reducing carbon emissions are a few examples of how businesses can take positive steps in the energy transition. The energy transition refers to the global energy sector’s shift from fossil-based energy production and consumption to renewable energy sources.

This program starts with an examination of the historic transition occurring in energy costs. The cost of renewable power (wind, solar and hydro) has decreased significantly over the past decade, and, in a majority of cases, is cheaper than traditional power sources.  However, there are many uncertainties associated with new power sources. This program will provide an introduction to how supply network management can aid companies in taking advantage of opportunities to reduce operational costs. Spurred by many government regulations and social pressure, many companies are reacting to increased attention on ESG (environmental, social, governance). With increased attention from regulators, investors and the public alike, organizations need to look at sustainability issues not as checkbox items but focus on fostering a change in thinking and finding opportunities to foster change in a way that increases the ability to profit.

Capturing Opportunities in the Energy Transition Via the Supply Network focuses on one area of sustainability, the environment.  In this program, participants build an understanding – a common language - and a commitment to sustainability by examining ways organizations can financially benefit by transforming their supply networks in line with their sustainability goals. Through case study, small group discussion, examination of new ways of thinking, and insight from community of practice members, participants will begin to build “sustainability competencies” including knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that inspire real-world action.

Program Details

Program Dates

February 14-15, 2024


Registration Deadline

January 31, 2024

Delivery Method Two full days, on campus

$1,950 per participant 

Promotions and Available Discounts

  • Discounts are available for Ohio State University employees, OSUWMC employees, Veterans, employees from non-profit organizations and organizations who send 3 or more employees.  For more information about discounts please contact Meredith Conder at conder.11@osu.edu.
Prospective Participant Profile

This program is valuable for professionals transitioning to specialized sustainability positions as well as those in jobs expanding to encompass sustainability subject matter.

Program Schedule

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Course Takeaways

  • Open/Close At the conclusion of the program you will be able to...
    • Understand the use of tools for measuring Scope 1, 2 and 3 carbon emissions created by organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency. Participants will be taught to begin this analysis using Microsoft Excel, complemented with a short additional example using specialized software for the task.
    • Communicate and collaborate with ESG professionals across the supply network.
    • Build and examine a profitable business case for ESG within their organizations.
    • Develop a network for sharing ideas, plans and methods.

What You Will EarnExample certificate of completion

Once you successfully complete the program, you will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. You may proudly display this certificate in your office or home to showcase your accomplishment. You may also add this certificate to the licenses and certifications section of your LinkedIn profile. This will allow you to showcase your newly acquired experience to your network and stand out in your field.

We also value your commitment to learning, and as a token of appreciation, we offer a 10% discount on future topic-based programs you wish to pursue through Executive Education at Fisher College of Business. We believe that learning is a lifelong journey, and we are proud to be a part of yours.

  • Value for Individual
    • Gain confidence speaking with stakeholders about what sustainability is and how your organization is exploring ways to meet their ESG goals.
    • Become an influencer by provoking people to stretch their ways of thinking about ESG.
    • Learn ways you can influence your corporate culture and align your values to your work.
    • Develop accounting skills that can be used for environmental/financial benefits.
  • Value for Company
    • Infuse environmental sustainability knowledge and skills into your leadership culture to inspire behavior change.
    • Develop a vocabulary and framework that builds on recent sustainability work by international organizations, national governments, and private companies.
    • Reach beyond regulatory requirements and addressing shareholder demands, by creating a transformative culture with skills to actually foster change within the organization.
    • Familiarize your leaders with the specialized skills in analytics and reporting, manufacturing and material decarbonization.
    • Build a broader sustainability mindset so that workers will rethink not only how particular tasks are accomplished but also new ways to approach and solve problems from the start.
    • Develop a community of practice network to offer support for implementation, monitoring and reporting of sustainability efforts.
    • Build company brand and reputational equity.
    • Stay ahead of regulatory pressure.

Our Faculty

  • Open/Close Ken Boyer, Professor of Operations Management

    ken boyer headshotDr. Ken Boyer is a professor of operations management. He came to Fisher in 2008 from Michigan State University, where he was a professor in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. From 2006-11, he was the co-editor in chief of the Journal of Operations Management, one of the five highest-ranking management journals in the field and the premiere scholarly journal for operations and supply chain management. He has memberships in the Academy of Management, Production and Operations Management Society and the Decision Sciences Institute. 

    Dr. Boyer’s professional activities include serving in several leadership positions within DSI and the Academy of Management. He has published more than 50 journal articles on health-care operations, e-commerce and technology management. 

    Dr. Boyer has given invited presentations in nine different countries and been quoted in several prominent periodicals, including the New York Times, Business 2.0 , the Chicago Tribune and USA Today

    At the Fisher College of Business, he teaches “Projects in Sustainable Supply Chain Management.”  He also coordinates funding for sustainability research provided by Coca Cola and DHL Supply Chain. He is currently doing research on sustainability in the tire industry, and will have a book published on the subject in 2024.

    He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and returned to The Ohio State University to earn an MBA from the Fisher College of Business and a PhD in Operations Management.

  • Open/Close Vince Castillo, Assistant Professor of Logistics

    vince castillo headshotVince Castillo is an Assistant Professor of Logistics at The Ohio State University. His research interests include last mile delivery, sustainable supply chains, and hybrid simulation modeling. Dr. Castillo’s work has been published in the Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Operations Management, and Journal of Business Ethics and presented at numerous conferences including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) annual conferences. He has also appeared in the media on podcasts such as NPR's MarketplaceThe Indicator from Planet Money, and The World from PRX.

    Dr. Castillo teaches “Building a Sustainable Supply Chain” at OSU’s Fisher College of Business. This program focuses on understanding how to measure and impact the long-term sustainability of a company's supply chain operations; learn practices for reducing carbon footprints and creating a more resilient supply chain, while meeting financial goals.

    Professor Castillo holds a PhD in Supply Chain Management from the University of Tennessee (2018), an MBA in Supply Chain Management and Finance (2014, University of San Diego), and a BS in Civil Engineering (2006, Colorado School of Mines). Dr. Castillo is also a GWOT veteran, having served as an Infantry Officer in the Army National Guard from 2006-2014.

  • Open/Close Josh Knights, Director of Partnerships, Sustainability Institute

    Josh Knights headshotAs Director of Partnerships for the Sustainability Institute at The Ohio State University, Josh develops partnerships between the university and major stakeholders – including businesses, government agencies, and local communities – to help solve global sustainability challenges.  He works with colleagues across the university to leverage Ohio State’s core strengths in research, teaching, and using campus as a living laboratory in the fields of sustainable energy, circular economy, ecosystem health, smart and resilient communities, and sustainable resources.  Josh believes in the power of collaboration to solve complex challenges facing society.

    Prior to joining Ohio State in 2018, Josh held leadership positions at The Nature Conservancy, including Executive Director of the Ohio program and Director of Corporate Partnerships.  During 17 years with the nonprofit, Josh helped raise public and private resources for conservation, strengthened relationships with the business and agricultural sectors, and led an expansion into clean energy policy.  Early in his career, Josh worked on international trade policy in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the law firm White & Case.  He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international relations from The Johns Hopkins University.

  • Open/Close Heidi Shull, Senior Lecturer of Management and Human Resources

    Heidi Shull HeadshotHeidi Shull is a Senior Lecturer of Management and Human Resources at the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. She also serves as the Program Director for the Graduate Business Minor in Health Sciences. Prior to joining Fisher and transitioning her career to teaching, Heidi spent 13 years providing clinical leadership to the veterinary industry including with the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University as an Assistant Director and Practice Administrator. While working in veterinary medicine, she also spent several years teaching business courses at a community college. Heidi continues to work lightly in the veterinary field through local consulting. Heidi was a nontraditional student who completed her own education in business while working and raising a family. She earned her MBA to excel in her veterinary career, but it was in this program that she became inspired to explore teaching.

    Heidi is passionate about inclusive teaching, leadership, small business management, and the growing role of sustainability in business and society. She teaches Attracting and Retaining Customers in Health Sciences in the Graduate Business Minor in Health Sciences program, as well as the undergraduate business courses Strategic Management and Sustainability in Business.

  • Open/Close Cancellation/ Transfer Policy

    All cancellations and transfers must be received in writing. Submit your request via email to Jennie McAndrew at mcandrew.28@osu.edu with the name of the program, followed by “cancellation” or “transfer” in the subject line.

    • Cancellations must be made at least thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the program in order to be eligible for a full refund.
    • Cancellations must be made at least fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of the program in order to be eligible for a 50% refund.
    • Any cancellations made less than fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of the program will forfeit the registration fee.
    • If you for any reason are unable to attend the program, please consider sending someone in your place. Participants can transfer their registration to someone else within their organization at no charge up to 24 hours before the first day of the program.
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Jennie McAndrew
Education Program Senior Specialist, Executive Education