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.




CHI member selected as 2023-2024 Fulbright Scholar

CHI member, Dr. Laura Engel, was recently selected as a 2023-2024 Fulbright Scholar.


CHI Director appointed to National Academies Committee

CHI Director, Susan Anenberg, was appointed to the National Academies committee "Utilizing Advanced Environmental Health and Geospatial Data and Technologies to Inform Community Investment."


CHI Director provides briefing at Congressional Climate Camp

CHI Director, Susan Anenberg, provided a briefing at the Congressional Climate Camp on February 23rd.

NAM Action Collaborative on Decarbonizing the U.S. Health Sector

GW Climate and Health Institute joins NAM Climate Collaborative

The CHI is among the over 110 organizations to have joined the NAM Climate Collaborative network to collectively activate all parts of the health sector for sustainable climate change 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)