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A Dose of Hope

Green Builder Media’s annual Sustainability Symposium made the case for optimism with its wide-ranging exploration of cutting-edge climate science, transformative innovations, reimagined national policy, and vanguard business strategies that will deliver us to a carbon-free future.  

From decarbonizing business operations to electrifying everything, the topics discussed at this year’s Sustainability Symposium 2021: Into the Light were a breath of fresh air. Speakers not only illustrated a roadmap to get to a zero-carbon economy, but also offered much-needed hope and inspiration to attendees.

Esteemed scientist Dr. Michael Mann delivered a riveting keynote about how we can move beyond the debate over climate change to compelling and comprehensive action that solves for our climate emergency.

Pioneering venture capitalist Andrew Beebe made the case for optimism, outlining how our economy is fundamentally transforming to one that blends economic prosperity, social justice, and environmental stewardship, and how groundbreaking technologies will bolster sustainable growth.

House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis senior council Samantha Medlock explored the steps that the Biden administration is taking to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050.

Sustainable business expert and author Andrew Winston offered a rousing session about decarbonizing business and actions that we can all take to expedite the transition to a sustainable economy.

And building industry stalwarts Sam Rashkin and Gene Myers wrapped things up with an enthralling plunge into the disruption of the housing sector and sustainable leadership.

Each year, we try to design the Sustainability Symposium to highlight the urgent choices that we need to make to create a just, sustainable, and climate-safe system—one that balances economic vibrancy with social equality and environmental stewardship.  This year’s event didn’t disappoint.

If you weren’t able to make the event, don’t fret!  You can check out the recorded version here. If you did attend, we invite you to listen again and again to let the wisdom imbued by our presenters soak in.  May their insights provide you with the inspiration, motivation, and encouragement that you need to be the change you wish to see in the world.

A heartfelt thank you to Trane Technologies for their continued support of our annual Sustainability Symposium, as well as their total commitment to corporate sustainability.