Dr. Sonia Sachs is a paediatrician and public health specialist with a specialty in paediatric endocrinology. Dr. Sachs practiced medicine for over 20 years, 14 of which at the Harvard University Health Services. In 2004, she joined the Earth Institute and became the health coordinator for the Millennium Villages Project, overseeing all health related interventions and research. The goal of the project is to show that an integrated development approach is scalable and sustainable. She tirelessly contributes to the coordination and work that has made the Earth Institute a beacon of international sustainable development. She received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.D. from the University of Maryland Medical School, and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Quick Q&A with Dr. Sonia Sachs about the World Sustainability Award
How did this award benefit you?
My husband Jeffrey Sachs and I felt enormously honored to be recipients of this award in 2017. We went on to discuss it often in public and expert discussions.
What did this award help you accomplish?
The award enabled us to have discussions with others about the importance of sustainability, and in particular, sustainable development. It was paramount to helping us organize multisectoral research and policy recommendations.
Would you recommend it to future researchers in sustainability? Why or why not?
We would recommend this award highly as it convenes people around an important principle, that of sustainability, doing so in a transdisciplinary setting.