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Air Pollution: A Climate and Health Emergency, & How We Can Tackle It

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Monday, February 06, 2023

The Fletcher School, in partnership with Tufts University School of Medecine, present Dr. Maurice S. Segal Lecture with featured guest, Jane Burston. Jane Burston is the founder and executive director of the Clean Air Fund. She was previously head of Climate and Energy Science in the UK Government. Her talk focuses on the impacts of air pollution on our collective health and its consequences for public policy. The event is hosted by Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School.

Jane Burston is the Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Air Fund. Before setting up the organization Jane worked as Head of Climate and Energy Science in the UK Government, where she was responsible for the UK greenhouse gas inventory and a £45m science program. Previously, as Head of Energy and Environment at the National Physical Laboratory she managed a team of 150 scientists working in air quality, greenhouse gas measurement and renewable energy. Jane has a background in social enterprise and management consulting and a first-class degree in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. Jane has spoken at Davos and the UN General Assembly. She has been interviewed about air pollution and the movement for clean air by the New York Times, BBC, Times Radio and for numerous podcasts. In January 2021, Jane delivered a Letter to the 21st Century on BBC Radio 4. In 2020, Jane was profiled as one of WIRED’s changemakers of tomorrow. She was named as a ‘Young Global Leader’ of the World Economic Forum, as one of the ‘40 under 40 European Young Leaders’ by Friends of Europe and was previously a UK Social Entrepreneur of the year. Jane is also a trustee of Parkinson’s UK and a keen triathlete.
Rachel Kyte is the 14th dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Kyte is the first woman to lead the United States' oldest graduate-only school of international affairs, which attracts students from all corners of the world and at all stages of their careers. Prior to joining Fletcher, Kyte served as special representative of the UN secretary-general and chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). She previously was the World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change, leading the run-up to the Paris Agreement. She was also vice president at the International Finance Corporation responsible for ESG risk and business advisory services. In her UN role and as CEO of SEforAll, a public-private platform created by the UN and World Bank, Kyte led efforts to promote and finance clean, reliable and affordable energy as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She served as co-chair of UN Energy. In the 2020 UK New Year Honours, Rachel was appointed as CMG for her services to sustainable energy and combating climate change. Kyte is a member of the UN secretary-general’s high-level advisory group on climate action and an advisor to the UK presidency of the UN climate talks. Kyte is co-chair of the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI), and chair of the FONERWA, the Rwanda Green Fund. She serves on the boards of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), the Climate Policy Institute and CDP. She advises investors, governments, and not-for-profits on climate, energy, and finance for sustainable development. A British citizen, Kyte earned her undergraduate degree from University of London and a Master of Arts in International Relations (GMAP) from The Fletcher School. She is a regular contributor on global media. Kyte has received numerous awards for leadership in climate and sustainable development and was named by Time magazine as one of the 15 women that were leading climate action.