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Harvard China Fund Reception

  • Harvard Center Shanghai Shanghai IFC HSBC Building | 5F 8 Century Avenue Shanghai (map)

This is a Harvard China Fund event at the Harvard Center

Harvard China Fund Reception
John D. Spengler | Spiro Pollalis

The Harvard China Fund cordially invites you to join us for a reception with guest speakers Dr. John D. Spengler and Dr. Spiro Pollalis of Harvard University.

Dr. John D. Spengler is Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Director of Center for Health and the Global Environment. He will discuss the latest in the novel and exciting environmental programs of the Center for Health and the Global Environment. He will also recap some of the research activities and exchanges that the Center for Health and Global Environment has piloted in China over the last year through the Health and Places Initiative, and share with the audience the vision that the new HSPH Dean Michelle Williams brings to this leadership role. 

Dr. Spiro Pollalis is Professor of Design, Technology and Management at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He will talk about Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure which has developed Envision®, the rating system for sustainable infrastructure.


Wednesday 18 May 2016 | 17.30 - 18.30

Harvard Center Shanghai
Shanghai IFC
HSBC Building | 5F
8 Century Avenue, Shanghai

Seats are limited. First come first served.
Kindly RSVP [email protected] 


John D. Spengler, Ph.D. has conducted research in the areas of personal monitoring, air pollution health effects, aerosol characterization, indoor air pollution and air pollution meteorology. In addition to his academic and research activities, Professor Spengler has been active in professional education workshops, distance learning and short courses on topics that include pollution prevention and indoor environmental quality management for schools, offices and hospitals. He serves as an advisor to several global organizations, including the World Health Organization, where he contributes information on indoor air pollution, personal exposure and air pollution epidemiology. He has served as either a member or consultant on various U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board committees. He co-founded the Harvard Green Campus Initiative in 2000, chaired the university-wide committee on Harvard Sustainability Principles, and served on President Faust’s Harvard Greenhouse Gases Taskforce to develop the university’s carbon reduction goals and strategies. In 2003, Prof. Spengler received a Heinz Award for the Environment. In 2008, he received the Max von Pettenkofer award for distinguished contributions in indoor air science from the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate’s Academy of Fellows. Most recently, he received a 2012 Haagen-Smit Prize. This annual prize is given to two outstanding papers published in the journal Atmospheric Environment. The award recognized a 1985 paper co-authored by Dr. Spengler and Dr. George Thurston, a 1983 Harvard graduate, titled “Quantitative Assessment of Source
Contributions to Inhalable Particular Matter Pollution in Metropolitan Boston.” Dr. Spengler received a B.S. degree in physics (1966) from the University of Notre Dame, a Ph.D. degree in atmospheric sciences (1971) from the State University of New York-Albany, and a M.S. degree in environmental health sciences (1973)
from Harvard University. 
Spiro Pollalis, MBA, PhD

Spiro Pollalis is Professor at Harvard University and directs (a) the “Gulf Sustainable Urbanism” and (b) the “Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure,” which has developed Envision®, the rating system for sustainable infrastructure. He has taught as a visiting professor in Switzerland, Holland and Germany and serves as the co-chair of the Advisory Committee on Future Cities for the Singapore-ETH Center. Prof. Pollalis is the chief planner for the DHA City Karachi for 600,000 people, currently in construction. He is the chief planner of two more cities in Pakistan, currently under planning, the planner of the information infrastructure in the administrative city in Korea, and served in the planning team for the Saudi economic city in the East Province. He has also planned the redevelopment of the old Athens airport. Prof. Pollalis consults governments and private corporations on large-scale sustainability. Professor Pollalis received his first degree from the University in Athens (EMP) and his Master’s and PhD from MIT. His MBA in high technology is from Northeastern University. He has an honorary Master’s degree in Architecture from Harvard. 

Later Event: May 18