Green Award

Each year, Chicago Magazine hands out their Green Awards to a select sample of Chicagoans with original ideas for preserving the Earth's future. Among the six 2014 winners profiled in the magazine's April issue was University of Chicago atmospheric scientist Elizabeth Moyer, co-director of the CI's Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP). Moyer's profile talks about her research focus on building new instruments to measure atmospheric and climate data 60,000 feet above sea level, and her work with RDCEP to design better computer models to estimate the effect of climate change on agriculture, the economy, and other important sectors.

She’s adamant, too, that her findings (and the work of the center) eventually be made public so that governments, researchers, and activist groups can draw their own conclusions. “You may hear that there is a three-degree change in the global mean temp and think, What is the big deal?” she says. “It matters. As the temperature changes, things could die. It’s the scientist’s job to prepare people’s thinking.”

Photo by Saverio Truglia for Chicago Magazine