Phyllis Theermann

Sustainable Wellesley is pleased to announce that Dr. Regina LaRocque will be joining the Leadership Team.

Dr. LaRocque, MD MPH, is on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has been working in the field of infectious disease for 15 years and has seen first hand the connection between climate change, respiratory problems and the spread of infectious diseases around the globe.

Dr. LaRocque often represents Partners HealthCare urging state lawmakers to invest in clean energy with clear facts on how it will have significant health benefits for citizens of the state.

LaRocque has been active in Sustainable Wellesley’s activities, and is a member of Wellesley’s Natural Resources Commission.

We are grateful she has joined the leadership team and can offer her science based background and expertise on how climate change is impacting human health and the spread of infectious diseases.

Please welcome us in welcoming Dr. LaRocque.

Dr. LaRocque before Massachusetts lawmakers

Phyllis Theermann

Two important events discussing our health are coming up.

Wellesley Natural Resources Commissioner and resident, as well as MGH Infectious Disease Physician and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School Dr. Regina Larocque will be part of a panel discussion: Climate & Health: The Challenges Ahead.

Topics will include the impact of climate change on infectious disease and the health benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Other panelists include Dr. Brita Lundberg, infectious diseases physician, moderator and Dr. Jonathan Levy, Boston University School of Public Health. This event takes place on Monday, March 19, 2018 7:00 pm in the Druker Auditorium, at the Newton Free Library. It is part of Green Newton’s Greening Our Community Series and is free and open to the public.

In addition, the public is invited back to the Newton Free Library for another part of the Greening Our Community Series: “Update: Gas Leaks and Our Health,” on Monday, April 23 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The panel discussion will describe how gas leaks damage the health of humans and trees and will cover organized efforts to protect our families and communities at the local and state level. Newton has almost 600 gas leaks from the pipelines in our streets. The gas is methane, a potent heat-trapping greenhouse gas. It can be explosive, kill our trees and contribute to air pollution. Panelists are Zeyneb Magavi, Research Director at HEET (Home Energy E ciency Team); Curtis Nordgaard, MD, a board-certified pediatrician, cofounder of Mass Health Professionals for Clean Energy; Nathan Phillips, Acting Director of the Sustainable Neighborhood Lab and Professor at Boston University; Ann Berwick, Co-Director of Sustainability for the City of Newton. The event is co-sponsored by Green Newton, Mothers Out Front, the League of Women Voters Newton and 350 MA Newton.