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Improving the health of people in and around cities, especially those most vulnerable, with information on strategies to reduce the causes and impacts of climate change.

Green Spaces & Health

Planting more plants and trees in cities—where most people live—can cool urban areas and prevent harm from heat. Spending more time surrounded by green space, like trees or other vegetation, may improve mental and physical health.

Healthy Buildings

The air we breathe in our homes and offices can have a major impact on our overall health.

Healthy Homes

Indoor air quality in the home can be an important driver of health. In homes near major current and former industrial sites, however, indoor air can be deeply polluted.

Healthy Schools

School buildings and dormitories can have an impact on both students’ health and their ability to learn.

COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Among Pregnant Women and Mothers of Young Children

As multiple effective vaccines are developed, their distribution and overall acceptance by the public is crucial to stop the spread of COVID-19. Research conducted by Principal Investigator of the Human Immunomics Initiative, Dr. Julia Wu, in collaboration with Pregistry focused on a crucial population- mothers and their children. Estimates of global vaccine acceptance among pregnant women and…

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TRECH Project Research Update on Health Benefits of TCI Policy Scenarios

Exploring how different transportation policies could influence health through better air quality and increases in physical activity.

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Many More People Live Closer To Underground Gas Storage Wells Than Previously Thought

An estimated 20,000 homes and 53,000 people in predominantly suburban areas of PA, OH, WV, MI, NY, and CA live within a city block of active underground natural gas storage wells.

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Study: Climate change-related heat waves could kill thousands in cities

New research suggests that thousands could die from heat waves in major U.S. cities if swift action isn’t taken to curb rising global temperatures. Researchers estimated the number of heat-related deaths that might occur in 15 U.S. cities under various climate scenarios, according to a June 16, 2019 NBC News article. Under one scenario, with…

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Philanthropic Impact: Login5 Foundation Supports Food Sustainability and Green Building Initiatives

The Login5 Foundation gave $1.5 million to the School to launch the Co-Benefits of the Built Environment (CoBE) calculator, an open-access online tool that city planners and developers can use to measure energy cost savings, emission reductions, and health benefits of green buildings compared with conventional buildings.

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Harnessing Big Data

Medicine and public health are constantly evolving as research and technology open the doors to new ways to treat or prevent diseases. Randomized trials are the best way to assess what works. But when that’s not possible, people like Miguel Hernán, Kolokotrones Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, try to replicate those trials using vast amounts…

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Understanding Chronic Metabolic Diseases

The increased global incidence of chronic metabolic diseases—including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular and liver diseases—has become one of the greatest global health threats of the 21st century. To tackle this crisis, Murat Ülker, a leading entrepreneur in Istanbul, contributed $24 million to the Harvard Chan School in 2014 on behalf of the Ülker family to…

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House Dust in Mining-Impacted Communities May Impact Children's Health

Young children are a particular concern because early exposures to metals commonly found at mining sites are associated with neurodevelopmental deficits.

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Does it feel better to work in a green building?

Environmental perceptions and health before and after relocation to a green building.

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Green Buildings and Health

The state of evidence on green building design as it relates to human health. 

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Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health

The impact of climate change on indoor environments affects the health of those who live, work, study, or play in them.

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Does Greenspace Around Schools Impact Absenteeism?

Harvard Chan School's Healthy Buildings team analyzed data from schools across Massachusetts. 

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Moving Environmental Justice Indoors

The main drivers of indoor air quality in low income housing.

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Environmental Conditions in Low-Income Urban Housing

Important findings related to the health of occupants in low income housing.

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Green Public Housing and Health

Green public housing may reduce health risks from environmental pollutants.

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Your building might be making you sick. Joe Allen can help.

Harvard Chan School researcher illuminates role of air quality in workers’ physical, cognitive health.

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Harvard study: Green buildings deliver nearly $6bn in health and climate benefits

Green certified buildings are delivering billions of dollars in health, climate and energy-saving benefits, according to a major new study from Harvard University.

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A Greener, More Healthful Place to Work

Americans spend over 90 percent of their lives indoors. Until recently, little was known about how this was impacting us. But evidence is now mounting that we are paying a physiological price for spending all those hours cooped up unnaturally within four walls.

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Living near greenery linked with less depression in teens

Being around trees and other greenery may help teens stave off depression, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Led by Carla Bezold, postdoctoral research fellow in Harvard Chan’s Department of Epidemiology, researchers analyzed data from more than 9,000 teens who began participating in 1999 in a large study…

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Dr. Aaron Bernstein

Aaron Bernstein MD, MPH

Aaron examines the human health effects of global environmental changes with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of these subjects among students, educators, policy makers, and the public.

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Kathy Fallon Lambert

Kathy examines how big data and models can be used to quantify the health and environment benefits of actions to mitigate climate change.

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Jonathan Buonocore Sc.D

Jonathan focuses on the health, environmental, and climate impacts of energy, and the benefits of reducing carbon emissions—commonly called “health co-benefits.”

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