The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced Dr. Aaron Bernstein, associate director at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, as the new board chair. Dr. Bernstein’s work at Harvard examines the human health effects of global environmental changes, such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity, with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of these subjects among students, educators, policymakers and the public. He is the course director for Harvard’s Human Health and Global Environmental Change.
Dr. Bernstein also created the HarvardX course The Health Effects of Climate Change, which has educated thousands of students on how climate change directly impacts their lives, and what they can do to become part of the solution. In 2019, he testified before Congress on the child health impacts of climate change, drawing from his personal experience as a pediatrician having to treat children with breathing difficulties, vector-borne diseases, and trauma from natural disasters. Dr. Bernstein is also a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Children’s Hospital.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 30