We believe our future depends on addressing the climate crisis and its impact on humanity.

Our environmental program provides direct support for scientists who seek a deeper understanding of earth’s climate. We support the Comer Fellows, a group of climate scientists whose diverse work focuses on Greenland, mountain glaciers, oceans and drylands. By studying the history of climate changes, we can better comprehend and identify future patterns and their consequences.

We host an annual Climate Change Conference where Comer Fellows and guests convene for presentations and discussion as well as sponsor The Changelings, a membership group of scientists dedicated to advancing the broad field of abrupt climate change. For more than a decade, they have worked to identify 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 is a partnership with Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. The scholarship supports students committed to environmental journalism.

We also help fund the work of organizations in the Midwest including the Alliance for Great Lakes, Driftless Area Land ConservancyEnvironmental Law & Policy CenterNatural Resources Defense Council, and Openlands.

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