Preparing for change.

Global Change refers to planetary-scale changes to the Earth system, consisting of oceans, land masses, life, climate, and geological processes. These large-scale environmental changes can interact with development patterns and choices, including population, economics, urbanization, pollution, and resource utilization, to create social, political, and technical challenges to individuals and societies. The scale and velocity of today’s planetary-scale changes are exerting pressure on the natural environment and human societies. Climate change, species extinction, water and food scarcity, and ozone depletion are all interconnected parts of global change.

CHanGE (The Center for Health and the Global Environment) envisions a world of individuals, communities, and nations with the knowledge, capacity, and tools to effectively and efficiently manage the risks global environmental change is presenting to human health and well-being.


We provide in-depth, interdisciplinary training to the next generation of scholars and leaders in global environmental change and health.

Capacity Building

We increase useful and usable knowledge on the health risks of global environmental change. We recommend options to effectively and efficiently manage these risks, bridging the research and policy interface.


We integrate knowledge, data, and perspectives from health, environmental, and social sciences to promote a broad-based understanding of the needs for and opportunities to transition to sustainability.

The University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security

The University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security
aims to limit the extent of infectious disease epidemics and thereby save lives. We are fostering
a bold, comprehensive, and integrated systems approach spearheaded by top scientists and
practitioners across disciplines that focuses on improving readiness before epidemics hit.

CHanGE members Director Dr. Kristie Ebi, Co-Director Dr. Jeremy Hess, and Acting Assistant Professor Dr. Cory Morin are involved with the MetaCenter.

Read more here.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome back! We hope you all had a good winter break. Please join the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) for our monthly Breakfast Seminar.  Our January meeting will feature CHanGE Director Dr. Kristie Ebi, and PhD student Lauren Schmeisser, who will be discussing their experience at the 2018 Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.

Date:                    Wednesday, January 23rd

Time:                    8:00 to 9:00 am

Location:             Roosevelt 1 Building, Room 2228 (Fishbowl conference room)

(4225 Roosevelt Way, Suite #100 – through revolving doors, on your left. Buzz to be let in; conference room is at the top of the stairs to the left)


Beverages (coffee/tea) and a light breakfast will be provided.  Please RSVP to help us plan our order and accommodate all participants.


United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 24) – Poland

COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UNFCCC is a “Rio Convention”, one of three adopted at the “Rio Earth Summit” in 1992. The UNFCCC entered into force on 21 March 1994. Today, it has near-universal membership. The countries that have ratified the Convention are called Parties to the Convention. Preventing “dangerous” human interference with the climate system is the ultimate aim of the UNFCCC.  The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme body of the UNFCCC Convention. It consists of the representatives of the Parties to the Convention. It holds its sessions every year. The COP takes decisions which are necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the Convention and regularly reviews the implementation of these provisions. COP24 conference took place from 2-15 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland.

More Information & Speaker Bios: 

Dr. Kristie Ebi brings more than 20 years of experience in global climate change and health to directing and leading the Center for Health and the Global Environment.  Kristie conducts research on the health risks of global change, including from extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne and waterborne safety and security, and vector-borne diseases.  She has worked on understanding vulnerability and designing adaptation options to increase resilience in multi-stressor environments in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the US.

Lauren Schmeisser is a PhD student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. She uses satellite observations and model output to study marine heat waves, working to understand atmosphere-ocean interactions and potential feedbacks during these extreme climate events. She is passionate about using scientific evidence to inform effective environmental and climate policy, and is also interested in the intersection between climate change adaptation and sustainable development. Lauren holds a BS/MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a MSc in Earth Sciences from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

About Us:

The Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) collaboratively develops and promotes innovative approaches to understanding and managing the risks of global environmental change.  CHanGE conducts research and policy analysis, education and training, and technical assistance and capacity building, integrating health, environmental, and social sciences.  CHanGE focuses on health outcomes associated with the consequences of global environmental changes, such as extreme weather and climate events, water and food security, and infectious diseases. (

Breakfast Seminars will be held monthly, aiming to grow and strengthen networks, promote sharing of ideas, and support collaboration across health and climate change communities.  Meetings are open to students, faculty, and staff across the University of Washington with an interest in understanding and mitigating the health impacts of climate change.