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Resilience 2021: The Hidden Costs of Environmental Savings from Remote Work

Feb 11, 2021   |   12:30 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Virtual Meeting

While reduced activity associated with the COVID-19 lockdowns is expected to cut carbon emissions by 4-7% this year, the decrease is insignificant in the long run. According to Oksana Tarasova, WMO Chief of Atmospheric and Environment Research Division, although it looked like the pandemic had brought the world to a standstill, carbon emissions continued almost unabated because lockdowns do not reduce overall energy consumption. Lockdowns only affect mobility.

Carbon is emitted whether it's the energy being used to heat your home work space or the carbon footprint left from sending an email that typically would have been an in-person conversation. Furthermore, with the fear of COVID-19 transmission, there has been an unprecedented decrease in mass transit ridership. This continued decrease will have a dramatic effect on carbon emissions as more people opt to buy cars and steer clear of rideshare options.

Moderator & Panelists

Roy Wright
Roy Wright  Moderator

President & CEO, IBHS

Jody Holton
Jody Holton  Panelist

Assistant General Manager for Planning & Strategic Initiatives at SEPTA

Nancy Sutley
Nancy Sutley  Panelist

Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Aaron C. Smith
Aaron C. Smith  Panelist

Chief Executive Officer, Energy & Environmental Building Alliance

Nancy Novak
Nancy Novak  Panelist

Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Datacenters

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Jennifer Hitzke
Manager, Executive Office, Board & Volunteer Relations
National Institute of Building Sciences