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. We sponsor The Changelings, a membership group of scientists dedicated to pooling their collective vision and interdisciplinary resources to answer the toughest questions about abrupt climate change. For more than a decade, they have catalyzed research and field work by leveraging paleoclimatology to inform and predict current climate science, while empowering the next generation of climate scientists.
Medill Comer Scholars is a partnership with Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Comer Scholars develop the expertise needed to command attention for environmental issues. As of 2020, we’ve supported 46 scholarships and more than 350 stories. Comer scholars have gone on to successful careers in environmental and science journalism, fulfilling the mission to mobilize a vital new generation of reporters.
We also help fund the work of organizations in the Midwest including the Alliance for Great Lakes, Driftless Area Land Conservancy, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Openlands. Recognizing the power of community organizing as a pathway to healthier communities, we’ve funded the Chicago Environmental Justice Network which provides technical assistance to grassroots, community-based organizations.