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. Download our white paper here.
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.