Climate and Health Institute

At the intersection of climate change, human health and equity.

From extreme drought to longer wildfire and pollen seasons, climate change is having a profound impact on human health. In addition, the health burden caused by climate change and its drivers is disproportionate, with some populations more at risk of respiratory and heat-related illnesses, water and food insecurity, disease, forced migration and other consequences of planetary neglect. GW’s Climate & Health Institute seeks new solutions to global health and equity challenges associated with climate change and is addressing those challenges through cross-disciplinary research, training and action.



The CHI’s 2022 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report Cover

Chartered in May 2021, The George Washington University Climate and Health Institute (CHI) envisions an evidence-based global response by governments and stakeholders to mitigate the climate crisis and equitably improve public health. The CHI is a university-wide collaboration at GW prioritizing cross-disciplinary research, training, and action to address challenges associated with climate change.

The inaugural 2022 Annual Report highlights accomplishments of the CHI and its affiliated faculty, staff, and students during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Download the 2022 Annual Report (PDF)

News & Events

Climate and Health Connections Series

Research in Air Quality, Climate, and Health: Perspectives from Early-Career Scientists
February 6, 2023

The Climate and Health Connections Series aims to foster engagement between Students, Faculty, and Staff across GW through engaged discussion on climate and health topics.

Climate and Health Connections Series

Think Global, Act Local: Advocacy Strategies in the District of Columbia
January 25, 2023

The Climate and Health Connections Series aims to foster engagement between Students, Faculty, and Staff across GW through engaged discussion on climate and health topics.

CHI members submit comments to EPA

Climate Pollution Reduction Grant
January 17, 2023

CHI Director, Dr. Susan Anenberg, and CHI member, Dr. Gaige Kerr, submitted comments to the EPA regarding the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant.

Protecting the Public Health with the Inflation Reduction Act — Provisions Affecting Climate Change and Its Health Effects

Robert L. Glicksman
December 22, 2022

CHI member and J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, Robert L. Glicksman, published a paper in NEJM.

CHI researchers continue to publish connections between climate, wildfires, and air pollution

Kate O'Dell and Susan Anenberg
December 8, 2022

CHI member, Kate O'Dell, and CHI Director, Susan Anenberg, publish paper on wildfire smoke that garners extensive media coverage.

Clean air policies are key for successfully mitigating Arctic warming

Susan Anenberg
December 8, 2022

Targeted and technically feasible emissions reduction opportunities exist for achieving simultaneous climate and human health co-benefits.

CHI Director, Susan Anenberg, submits comments to the EPA

December 8, 2022

On December 1, 2022 CHI Director, Susan Anenberg, submitted comments to the EPA.

Climate Change Is Fueling a Public Health Crisis. Doctors Need to Address This

Neelu Tummala
November 14, 2022

Op-ed by CHI Co-Director and ENT surgeon and clinical assistant professor of surgery at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Neelu Tummala.

Protecting public health through U.S. climate action: Making sense of the shifting landscape after WV v. EPA and the Inflation Reduction Act

September 29, 2022

The GW Climate and Health Institute will hold a symposium event on October 13, 2022 from 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM EST.

CHI members Sign Comments Submitted to the National Park Service (NPS)

August 11, 2022

CHI members sign comments submitted to the NPS in support of implementing a permanent closure of Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park to vehicle traffic.

As temperatures rise, industries fight heat safeguards for workers

David Michaels
August 9, 2022

Dr. David Michaels, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, and of Epidemiology, is quoted in Washington Post article on heat and worker safety.

Enhanced Integration of Health, Climate, and Air Quality Management Planning at the Urban Scale

Susan Anenberg
July 13, 2022

CHI Director, Dr. Susan Anenberg, co-authored a paper published in Frontiers in Sustainable Cities on an applied integrated climate action planning process.


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