We believe that understanding climate change is crucial to our future.

Our environmental program provides direct support for scientists who seek a deeper understanding of earth’s climate. We also help fund the work of organizations in the Midwest including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Alliance for Great Lakes, and Environmental Law & Policy Center.

Climate Science

We support the Comer Fellows, a group of climate scientists whose diverse work focuses on mountain glaciers, drylands, Greenland and other sites to learn the history of climate changes of importance to the future. We host an annual Climate Change Conference where Comer Fellows and guests convene for presentations and discussion.

We also sponsor The Changelings, a membership group of scientists dedicated to exploring and advancing the broad field of abrupt climate change. For more than a decade, they have worked to identify and fill the biggest gaps in scientific knowledge through meetings, discussions with invited experts and field conferences. The group also shares insights with policymakers and the broader public. 

Medill Comer Scholars

Medill Comer Scholars is a partnership with Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. The scholarship supports students committed to environmental journalism.