In an effort to continue cultivating green awareness among today’s leading businesses, communities and policymakers, Viridian Energy is proud to be working with the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR). In doing so, we hope to support the center’s education and research programs on shale energy—natural shale gas and oil shale reserves—as well as best management practices (BMPs). Viridian’s decision to support science- and research-based organizations like MCOR helps guide organizations and individuals across the globe toward making more informed and impactful decisions about natural gas extraction processes.

Viridian has already taken great strides with MCOR over the first half of 2014. In case you missed it, here’s a quick breakdown of what we have been up to since January:

Continuing work across six continents to improve environmental BMPs: With MCOR, Viridian Energy is working to improve regulatory protocols to help protect communities with current or planned shale energy production. This work spans across Australia, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. In doing so, we are working to implement new technologies for:

  • Waste water remediation
  • Air emissions reduction (including onsite methane leak control)
  • Landscape and cultural preservation
  • Mitigation of shale energy/agriculture interactions

Developing a worldwide network of academic, government, industry and non-governmental organizations (NGOs): We’re working to develop a strong, worldwide network of informed policy makers; to do that, we are having our first meeting this October and plan to continue this initiative throughout 2015. During this collaborative development, Viridian Energy and MCOR—accompanied by 10-12 countries of mutual interest—will work on improving engineering; environmental issues, including water; and socio-economic considerations of shale energy development, including aspects of “social license.”

Building educational bridges, keeping the conversation going: Together, we are working to educate other countries on shale energy development—including safe extraction, transportation and utilization—with seminars jointly presented by the World Bank. These countries will learn the ins and outs of:

  • How to facilitate the best possible process and regulatory protocols in their respective jurisdictions
  • Long-term implications of shale energy development
  • How to maximize the benefits of shale energy and mitigate its potential risks

Offering online classes for state environmental regulators across the U.S.: These classes will be held in partnership with the University of Texas and the Colorado School of Mines. The most current curriculum is being held this summer to regulators as a pilot program with the potential for an international version to be rolled out pending the success of this trial.

At Viridian Energy, we are committed to partnering with likeminded organizations nationwide and globally to further advance the state of green energy. By educating others and actively working alongside others, we hope to see a better and brighter green energy future in the near future.

Interested in partnering with Viridian Energy? Join the movement! Click here to learn more—we look forward to working with you!