Future of Cities: Extreme Heat

A Harvard Worldwide Week 2023 keynote event

4-5:30pm, Friday, October 13, Askwith Hall


Extreme weather patterns are increasing; how should individuals and institutions decide what to do next? Future of Cities: Extreme Heat, the third installation of OVPIA’s Future of Cities series, will showcase a panel discussing concerns around environmental justice and public health as global average temperatures rise. Cosponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability at Harvard University, and the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University, this discussion will convene experts in urban planning and design, building design and materials, environmental science, public health, and medicine to share their ideas on tangible next steps for lessening the impact of extreme heat.

The event will be held at 4pm on Friday, October 13, 2023 at Askwith Hall at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is open to members of the Harvard community. It will feature an introduction by University Provost Alan Garber and remarks from Vice Provost for International Affairs Mark Elliott and Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability James Stock. Moderator John Macomber of Harvard Business School will then lead a panel discussion with Harvard faculty members and practitioners, including:

  • Satchit Balsari, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Zoe Davis, Climate Resilience Project Manager, City of Boston
  • Francesca Dominici, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population and Data Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Harvard Data Science Initiative
  • Jane Gilbert, Chief Heat Officer, Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Spencer Glendon, Founder, Probable Futures