Climate, Health & Equity: Toward a Sustainable Future

Harvard Chan School Symposium

May 8, 2023 | Spangler Center | Harvard Business School Campus
Symposium: 1:00 – 5:30 pm
Reception: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Parking is available on the HBS campus and shuttles will run from HSPH to HBS


Event promotional imageClimate change is actively harming human health — not in some distant future, but now, in communities around the globe. The more we understand these harms, the better we can confront and overcome them.

That’s the goal of this symposium.

We’re bringing together leading scientists, policy makers, and activists to examine our most urgent challenges and explore the most promising solutions. The invitation-only audience will include professionals from a wide array of disciplines engaged in issues of climate, health, and environmental justice.

We expect the afternoon to inform and inspire, to spark new ideas and seed new collaborations.



Michelle A. Williams
Dean of the Faculty
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Fireside chat
Climate change is personal

Speaker information coming soon

Panel discussion
Food security on a warming planet


  • Louise Ivers | Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School


  • Chris Golden | Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Planetary Health, Harvard Chan School
  • Jennifer Leaning | Senior Research Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University
  • Abrania Marrero | Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Chan School
  • Samuel Myers | Principal Research Scientist, Harvard Chan School; Director, Planetary Health Alliance

Fireside chat
State leadership on climate & health


  • Melissa Hoffer | Massachusetts Climate Chief


  • Kari Nadeau | Chair, Department of Environmental Health and John Rock Professor of Climate and Population Studies, Harvard Chan School
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Fireside chat
Federal leadership on climate equity


  • Janet McCabe | Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency


  • Tamarra James-Todd | Mark and Catherine Winkler Associate Professor of Environmental Reproductive Epidemiology, Harvard Chan School
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Panel discussion
Reducing the risk of climate-driven pandemics


  • Sarah Fortune | Chair, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and John LaPorte Given Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard Chan School


  • Ari Bernstein | Interim Director, Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE), Harvard Chan School; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Caroline Buckee | Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard Chan School
  • Marcia Castro | Chair, Department of Global Health and Population and Andelot Professor of Demography, Harvard Chan School
  • Marc Lipsitch | Professor of Epidemiology and Director, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, Harvard Chan School

Keynote address
The way forward

Heather McTeer Toney
Vice President, Community Engagement
Environmental Defense Fund

Heather McTeer Toney


Please join our speakers and guests for a reception in the Williams Room.
For more information, please contact Lindsay McConchie,


This event is part of Harvard Climate Action Week, which gathers climate leaders and experts in pursuit of durable, effective, and equitable solutions to the climate change challenges confronting humanity.

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