Center for the Environment and Health
Connecting Human Health to the Health of the Planet
Climate change and environmental degradation are threats to human health. Through the efforts of the center, Mass General strives to integrate sustainability into its clinical, research and educational activities, and to improve the environmental health of the hospital, as well as the health and well-being of the communities we serve.
The hospital acknowledges its responsibility to care for our patients without harming our local and global communities.
Focus areas relate to the health and welfare of the community, the expansion of medical knowledge through research and the commitment to education about the links between the environment and health.
The center was founded on many years of work and planning within Mass General.
We are led by physicians, nurses, executives and managers committed to solving health care’s environmental problems and understanding the relationships between environmental decline and health.
Ann-Christine Duhaime, MD: How Is Climate Change Related to the Human Brain?
On Charged, the Mass General podcast, Ann-Christine Duhaime, MD, pediatric neurosurgeon, discusses the relationship between the brain and environmental decline—specifically, how the brain’s reward system might relate to the human drive toward increasing consumption.
Recipient of the 2022 Circles of Excellence Leadership and Climate Awards
Practice Greenhealth's Circle of Excellence Awards honor the highest performing hospitals nationwide in certain areas of sustainability expertise.
Publishing Climate and Health Research, and Greening Research Labs
On the CEH podcast, hear about the environmental impact of research and steps researchers can take to make their research labs more sustainable.
Latest Publications from the Center for the Environment and Health
View the most recent publications authored by our investigators about topics related to sustainability and climate change in health care.
News and Announcements
Events and Lectures
Climate change and environmental degradation are known threats to human health.
The mission of the Center for the Environment and Health at Mass General is to integrate sustainability into all aspects of our work in order to improve the environmental health of the hospital, as well as the health and well-being of the diverse communities we serve.