Why You Don’t Know Your Carbon Footprint


Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 1:00pm to 1:50pm


FXB Building, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 651 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA

A moneyball approach to living on a finite, warming planet.

Join us on Facebook Live at 1pm ET, on the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Facebook page


The world is in the midst of a climate crisis, as undeniably manifested by recent hurricanes, droughts, and other climate-related events.

A growing number of people want to mitigate climate change. Their choices will have a profound impact on our ability to contain global warming. However, “We can’t manage what we don’t measure.” Our recent studies show that more than 99% of scholars in leading universities, as well as sustainability professionals, cannot calculate or estimate the carbon footprint of their choices.

The challenge is to create a pragmatic and yet scientifically rigorous approach to carbon footprinting. An approach that captures the complexity of the system and yet allows everyone (consumers, investors, corporate executives and policy makers, among others) to estimate, calculate, and consequently improve their carbon footprint. Addressing this challenge is a critical missing component in our fight to mitigate climate change.

Greenometry, a long-term collaborator of the SHINE program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, is non-profit organization chartered to address this challenge from the foundation. In this talk, Ory Zik, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Greenometry, will discuss the existing gaps in data, analytics, and decision-making and address them systematically using concepts from physics, behavioral economics, and big-data. We will exemplify our approach in few cases: a personal carbon diet, sustainability reports, and impact investing.

Join us from 1:00-1:50 pm in the FXB Building on campus. 


About the Sustainability Leadership Series


This fall, the Center for Health and the Global Environment will be hosting a 4-part Sustainability for Health Leadership Series. Beginning on October 11th and running through November 1st, this speaker series will introduce attendees to pressing issues and opportunities faced by cutting-edge business leaders that navigate the intersection of industry, government, public health and sustainability. Join us to hear about the importance of making the connection between people, their health, and their surroundings.

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