Date: May 13, 2021
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Virtual seminar
The Digital Carbon Footprint Is Growing, or Is It?
Speaker: Todd Brady
Director of global public affairs and sustainability, Intel Corporation
There are two trends that are rapidly changing the world we live in – digitalization and climate change. At first glance, the two appear to be completely disparate trends. However upon further examination, there are correlations that are worth exploring. For one, digital technologies, devices and applications are ubiquitous in today’s world and growing. With such growth comes environmental impact. But what is that impact and is the growth significantly contributing to climate change or do efficiency improvements offset emissions? Digitalization has a clear environmental “footprint” that must be prioritized by information and communication technology (ICT) companies. At the same time, ICT has a “handprint” that has had a measurable benefit in reducing the growth of the world’s carbon emissions, with many more unrealized opportunities. The seminar will examine this topic from the lens of the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, Intel Corporation, and will discuss both the challenges ahead as well as the opportunities that digitalization presents.
Todd Brady is the director of global public affairs and sustainability for Intel Corporation. In this role, he leads state and local government affairs, media and community relations, corporate volunteerism and sustainability at the company’s major manufacturing and office locations around the globe. In addition to overseeing regulatory and community engagement strategies in the U.S., China, India, Southeast Asia, Israel, Ireland and Latin America, Brady directs Intel’s global sustainability initiatives including climate, energy, water, green buildings and circular economy. During his 25 years at Intel, Brady has represented the company in numerous public forums and led industry-wide initiatives in many national and international committees. He has authored more than 20 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings on a variety of sustainability topics. In 2009, he was named by Scientific American one of ten outstanding leaders involved in research, business or policy pursuits that have advanced science and technology. Brady holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University and a Master of Science in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.