Medical Students for a Sustainable Future

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The Lancet Commission characterizes climate change as both the biggest global health threat and the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century. As the rising generation of physicians, we recognize the need to engage in this issue. We need to be prepared to face this new reality – climate change is a significant modifier of global burden of disease and will place an unprecedented strain on our health systems. Medical Students for a Sustainable Future (MS4SF) is dedicated to uniting students invested in the health of our planet and patients by providing medical students with tools to make a difference at their institution and in the community through advocacy, curriculum reform, research, and climate-smart health care.

Join Medical Students for a Sustainable Future

To join MS4SF, sign up for the Health Care Without Harm Physician Network. When filling out the form, ensure the “Join our Medical Students for a Sustainable Future group” checkbox is selected.

Mission statement

Medical Students for a Sustainable Future is a network of medical students who recognize climate change as an urgent threat to health and social justice. Motivated to protect our future patients and communities we love, we catalyze action to prevent and address the health harms of climate change.


We mobilize coordinated medical student actions and advocate for policy solutions to match the scale of the climate crisis. We provide resources and support to medical students across the country, so they can better engage in advocacy at institutional, local, and national levels.


We advocate for medical school curriculum reform to include the intersection of climate change, health, and health care delivery so we are prepared to care for our patients and build resilient health systems in the face of a changing climate. We work with medical schools to create standardized core competencies for a climate-health curriculum.


We support members in initiating research projects, facilitate collaborations within our group, and connect students to research mentors. We also support and share publication, presentation, and grant opportunities to share and fund research. 

Climate-smart health care

We seek to reduce the environmental impact of the health care sector which accounts for 10% of our nation's greenhouse gases. We work to align with the “do no harm” credo of physicians by improving the resiliency of health care facilities in the face of climate change. We facilitate sustainability initiatives at medical schools and their associated health care systems by collecting resources for and providing support to individuals hoping to lead such endeavors. 

Communications and partnerships

We create powerful communications tools that allow knowledge-sharing and interdisciplinary collaboration and maintain accessible social media platforms. We collaborate and partner with organizations whose missions and values align with our own to increase impact and reach. 

Plant-based health

We engage medical students in education on plant-based eating patterns and the relationship between food, health, and climate change. We incorporate plant-based nutrition into MS4SF advocacy, research, and curricular reform to further our climate goals.


Founder and chair


Harleen Marwah
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

 Advocacy chairs

Ellen Townley
Creighton University School of Medicine

Sarah Schear, MSc
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Climate-smart health care chair


Jack Inglis
University of Minnesota Medical School


Communication and partnerships chairs

Swechya Banskota
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Genevieve Silva
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine


Curriculum chairs

Natasha Sood, MPH
Pennsylvania State College of Medicine


Sarah Hsu
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University


Ocean health liaison

Kelly Williamson
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Plant-based health liaison


Zachary Burns
Nova Southeastern University


Research chairs


Carol Fonseca
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Emily Gentile
University of Massachusetts Medical School


MS4SF is an independent group advised and supported by Health Care Without Harm. The views and opinions expressed by MS4SF do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of Health Care Without Harm.