Decarbonization of Existing Commercial Buildings: Policy and Financial Issues (Part 2)

  • Starts: 11:00 am on Friday, December 3, 2021
  • Ends: 12:30 pm on Friday, December 3, 2021

ISE Energy of the Future Webinar Series

In the race to decarbonize, the U.S. commercial building sector offers significant potential to pay early dividends on climate action. At stake is 7% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to replace fossil fuels used primarily for heating and hot water, a sizable impact that could be more quickly attained than efforts to decarbonize other parts of our built environment.

This two-part webinar will address the technical, financial, and policy challenges in achieving substantial decarbonization of existing commercial buildings in particular—the harder-to-transition bulk of this sector that requires large-scale retrofits.

Part two will focus on policy and financial topics, including financing green buildings, the cost of alternative carbon reduction strategies and policy trade-offs, whole-campus electrification, and emerging energy reporting regulations.

Panelists include Peter Y. Flynn, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Bostonia, Michael Gevelber, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Jacob Knowles, Associate Principal, Director of Sustainable Design @BR+A, Brenda Pike, Climate Advisor, American Cities Climate Challenge, City of Boston Environment Department, and moderator Elizabeth Beardsley, Senior Policy Counsel, U.S. Green Building Council.

To watch the earlier webinar on technical topics, visit

Hosted by the BU Institute for Sustainable Energy. Sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council with BU partner the Energy & Sustainability Club.

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