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Our Nature, Health, and Built Environment projects translate innovative research into usable tools and information that support policymakers, urban designers, and physicians in their effots to support healthy communities.

  • EXPLORING THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF NATURE
    We are working with The National Park Service and the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center to research the health benefits of exposure to natural environments. Learn more >>
  • HEALTH AND PLACES INITIATIVE (HAPI)
    In partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Design, we are investigating how to create healthier cities in the future, with a specific emphasis on China. Learn more >>

  • HOFFMAN PROGRAM ON CHEMICALS AND HEALTH
    We are bringing together leading scientists in fields regarding chemicals and health to improve the understanding of environmental sensitivities and to reduce the risk of contaminant exposures. Learn more >>

  • NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS INITIATIVE
    This initiative brought together researchers from around the world to explore how natural settings in urban areas can alleviate stress and improve human health. Learn more >>

  • HEALTHY HOUSING FOR CHINA
    Working with the largest home builder in China, we conducted a study of indoor and outdoor air pollution in apartment buildings in two cities—Xian and Chongqing. Learn more >>
  • SLEEP AND EXTREME HEAT WAVES
    Studying the effects of extreme temperature events on human health, focusing on the elderly and Harvard University's student population. Learn more >>
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