Nonprofit to host webinar on ‘silver lining’ of COVID-19


Courtesy West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

A sustainability-focused nonprofit will host a webinar next week to discuss the so-called “silver lining” of the pandemic: a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host a free online roundtable examining the potential benefits and other impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday.

“There is an emerging consensus that actions taken to reduce viral transmission will lead to significant temporary reductions in greenhouse gas (emissions) and noticeable improvements in environmental conditions in certain regions and industries,” according to WMSBF.

“This roundtable will address ethical concerns, economic challenges and disproportionate impacts, and (it) will unpack how we can interpret these issues as we work to support sustainability and equity.”

Panelists for the webinar

  • Michael DeWilde, director of the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative at Grand Valley State University
  • Paul Isely, professor of economics and associate dean at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University
  • Edgar Cardenas, postdoctoral fellow, Center for Interdisciplinarity at Michigan State University and author of “Between Two Pines: Ushering in a Sustainable Future Through an Art-Science Practice”
  • Carissa Patrone, equity program manager, WMSBF

Registration is available online.

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