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Scholars' Hub @ Home | COVID-19 and the Environment: Behaviour, Policy and Implications for Sustainability

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dr. Mark Winfield, Professor, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, Co-Chair of the Faculty's Sustainable Energy Initiative

This presentation will focus on the effects the pandemic has had on human behaviour, such as reduced travel, related fossil fuel use and emissions due to remote work arrangements vs. the potential for declines in the use of low-carbon transportation options, particularly public transit, and moves in the direction of lower density urban forms. Professor Winfield will also discuss the changes in environmental law, regulations and policies that have been made in the context of the pandemic, and the extent to which they further embed unsustainable activities and behaviours or move a post-pandemic recovery in the direction of sustainability.