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Committee on the Environment

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Green Buildings and Cognitive Function: Harvard School of Public Health Groundbreaking Research

Dr. John Spengler and his research team at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health join BSA COTE in discussion of their work on chemical hazards and exposures in the built environment. Research efforts include personal monitoring, air pollution health effects, indoor air pollution, and a variety of environmental sustainability issues. This work is crucial, as we are continually exposed to environmental contaminants in air, water, food, soil, and in buildings.

About our Speaker

Dr. Spengler is the Akira Yamaguchi professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, and director of the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at the Harvard Extension School. He has served on several National Academies’ committees, including the NRC committee on “Green Schools: Attributes for Health and Learning” (Chair) and the IOM committee on “Effect of Climate Change on Indoor Air Quality and Public Health” (Chair), and has been an adviser to the World Health Organization on indoor air pollution, personal exposure and air pollution epidemiology. In 2003, Spengler received a Heinz Award for the Environment; in 2007, the Air & Waste Management Association Lyman Ripperton Environmental Educator Award; in 2008, the Max von Pettenkofer Award for distinguished contributions in indoor air science from the International Society of Indoor Air Quality & Climate’s Academy of Fellows; and in 2015, the ASHRAE Environmental Health Award.

Locally, Dr. Spengler chaired the committee on Harvard Sustainability Principles; served on Harvard’s Greenhouse Gases Taskforce to develop the University’s carbon reduction goals and strategies; and was a member of Harvard’s Greenhouse Gases Executive Committee.

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