Three from Harvard Chan receive climate change solutions grants

Three Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health scientists are among investigators across six Harvard schools who will share over $1 million in the second round of grants awarded by the Climate Change Solutions Fund, an initiative launched in 2015 by President Drew Faust to encourage multidisciplinary research on climate change. Ten research projects will be funded through the grants.

Harvard Chan environmental health researcher Jose Guillermo Cedeño Laurent will team up with Joel McKellar and Doug Livingston of Harvard Green Building Services on a project that will use Harvard’s campus as a “living laboratory” to find new ways to measure the impact of climate on existing buildings. Plans include using data on occupant behavior to improve construction and renovation planning tools.

James Hammitt, professor of economics and decision sciences and director of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, and Elsie Sunderland, associate professor of environmental science and engineering in the Department of Environmental Health, will team with Daniel Jacob of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to study the impact of methane released from hydroelectric dams to try to identify feasible alternatives.

Read March 1, 2016 Harvard Gazette coverage:

President Faust’s climate initiative awards $1M in grants

$1M in grants to support 10 climate research projects

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