The White Paper Pandemic Series - Telecommuting’s Impact on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in LA

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm 5:30 pm




Telecommuting's Impact on Greenhouse Gas Emissions in LA


February 25th, 2021

4:00-5:30pm PST


This is a virtual event!

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A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant portion of Angelenos are still telecommuting (otherwise known as "working from home") to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Across the U.S., the number of days worked from home in 2020 more than doubled compared to 2019. Even after the pandemic subsides, experts predict telecommuting rates will remain far higher than pre-pandemic levels, begging the question, how will this shift in workforce location impact the environment? Though it's often assumed telecommuting reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), after diving into the scientific literature, we find the picture isn't so clear. Telecommuting has a complex impact on both the transportation and building sectors, which combined, are responsible for the vast majority of GHGs in LA County. With this in mind, our white paper explores how these two sectors have been impacted by COVID-19 and telecommuting, potential implications of telecommuting on GHGs, and what private companies and public policymakers should consider to ensure increased telecommuting is compatible with our region's climate change goals.


Join The Los Angeles Sustainability Executives Roundtable (LASER) and USGBC-LA for a panel discussion to dive deeper into these impacts and the findings of our white paper.  The expert panel will be followed by breakout Q & A session.


4:00pm Welcome & Intro

4:10pm Framing - Hilary Norton, 

4:20pm - Panel Discussion

5:00pm Breakout Sessions





About the Presenters


Framer/Moderator - Hilary Norton, Chariwoman and Commissioner, California Transportation Comission (CTC)

Hilary Norton brings over 28 years of experience to her role as commissioner.  As FAST’s founding Executive Director since 2008, Ms. Norton has mobilized a diverse coalition of business, labor, civic groups, educational institutions and transit organizations to support policy and infrastructure improvements to LA’s mobility, livability and economic prosperity. FAST’s major initiatives include:  1) FASTLinkDTLA – a new Transportation Management Organization (TMO) for Downtown LA, which operates one of the first ever in LA County micro-transit systems which connects travelers through the flexLA multi-mobility app, and connecting new on-demand wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAV), transit, vanpools, carpools, scooters, bike share, biking and walking;  2) Mobility Hubs – carshare, bikeshare, bike parking, EV charging and traveler services at transit stations, job and education centers; 3) comprehensive arterial improvements to improve travel time, encourage mode shift, and promote safety and transit connectivity; 4) Metro ExpressLanes implementation throughout LA County, creating the Metro ExpressLanes Business Roundtable to support the pilot corridors and expand into a network; 5) Expanding LA County’s bus rapid transit (BRT) network; and 6) Sixth Street Viaduct, Sixth Street Park and Arts District Station – which is the largest bridge reconstruction project in LA’s history, adding bicycle and pedestrian lanes, and connections to the LA River and the Metro Red/Purple Line.

Ms. Norton served as 2018 chairwoman of the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), and is on the Board of Directors of the Central City Association. She co-chairs the Transportation Committees for BizFed, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and the Los Angeles Business Council. 

Ms. Norton also served as the Business Representative on LA County Metro’s Policy Advisory Committee and was a member of the Advisory Boards for Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation and Metro’s Next Gen Bus Study. She is a member of SCAG’s GLUE Council and its TDM Working Group.

Ms. Norton is a Director for the Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) which provides world class health care to all children regardless of ability to pay, and is a Board member of the Leo Buscaglia Foundation.  

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.