John D. Spengler, PhD

Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

John Spengler is the Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation at the Harvard School of Public Health and director of the sustainability and environmental management program at the Extension School. Spengler has conducted research in the areas of personal monitoring, air pollution health effects, indoor air pollution, and a variety of environmental sustainability issues. Several of his investigations have focused on housing design and its effects on ventilation rates, the selection of building materials, energy consumption, and total environmental quality in homes. He is the author of numerous articles on air quality and other environmental issues, and co-author or co-editor of Health Effects of Fossil Fuel Burning: Assessment and Mitigation, Indoor Air Pollution: A Health Perspective, Particles in Our Air: Concentrations and Health Effects, and Indoor Air Quality Handbook.

Spengler established (with Tom Vautin, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Environmental Services) the Harvard Green Campus Initiative in 2000. Spengler chaired the university-wide committee on Harvard sustainability principles; served on Harvard's Greenhouse Gases Taskforce to develop the university's carbon reduction goals and strategies; and is a member of Harvard's Greenhouse Gases Executive Committee.

In 2003, Spengler received a Heinz Award for the Environment; in 2007, he received the Air and Waste Management Association Lyman Ripperton Environmental Educator Award; and in 2008 he was honored with 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. In 2003, he was honored for 28 years of teaching at the Extension School.


  • PhD State University of New York, Albany