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The Air That I Breathe: The Case for Healthy Buildings

02 Nov 2021 40 Minute Listen

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No matter the setting—from home to school to work—our environments can affect our concentration, creativity and critical thinking. In this episode, authors from Harvard University, Joe Allen and John Macomber, join Spencer to explore how healthy buildings can boost employee wellbeing and productivity and ultimately, business performance.

The Air That I Breathe: The Case for Healthy Buildings

November 2, 2021 40 Minute Listen


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Joe Allen

Associate Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Director, Harvard Healthy Buildings Program

Dr. Joseph Allen is an associate professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, director of Harvard’s Healthy Buildings Program, and coauthor of "Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity." During the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Allen has served as commissioner of The Lancet Covid-19 Commission and Chair of its Task Force of Safe Work, Safe Schools, and Safe Travel. An internationally renowned expert and sought-after adviser, Dr. Allen has authored over eighty peer-reviewed scientific papers—including in such journals as JAMA, Science, and The Lancet—and is a regular contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

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John Macomber

Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School

John is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance unit at Harvard Business School and coauthor of "Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity." His professional background includes leadership of real estate, construction, and information technology businesses. His work focuses on the future of cities, particularly as aided by the private finance and delivery of public infrastructure projects in both the developed and emerging worlds.


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Spencer Levy

Global Chief Client Officer & Senior Economic Advisor

Spencer Levy is the Global Chief Client Officer and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate firm in the world. Spencer leads a team of Global Client Care professionals around the world who are responsible for account management and client experience programs designed to ensure seamless client execution across business lines and geographies, with the goal of consistently delivering exceptional client outcomes. Spencer will focus on both top Occupier and Investor clients.

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