Preparing Indiana for a resilient future

Indiana’s climate is warming, a development with wide-ranging consequences for our state’s economy and health.

Funded through Indiana University’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative, the Environmental Resilience Institute is working to prepare businesses, families, and communities to adapt—and thrive—amid these changes.

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Partners in resilience

ERI collaborates with Hoosiers and organizations across the state to better prepare Indiana for environmental changes that affect individuals, communities, businesses, and natural systems. We’re actively engaging:

Environmental Resilience Speaker Series

The Environmental Resilience Institute and the Integrated Program in the Environment are teaming up this fall to present a series of lunch-hour talks centering environmental and climate resilience issues.

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Confronting environmental change in every Indiana county

Use the map below to learn about ERI research and outreach throughout the state.

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Webinar Series

The webinar series covers a wide range of environmental resilience topics to educate local officials, government staff, and residents on the risks their communities face and how to address them. 

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In This Climate Podcast

In This Climate is a weekly environmental news podcast featuring the scientists working toward solutions, the legislation to watch, and useful knowledge to become a resilient global citizen.

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Environmental Reporting

The Indiana Environmental Reporter is an independent reporting organization that delivers environmental stories that news outlets can freely publish for the benefit of readers throughout the state.

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Let's face change

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Climate change is unquestionably real. It’s not a question of belief, it’s a question of facts. The climate is changing because there are increases in greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. There’s just no room to debate that anymore. Our temperatures are getting warmer in the Midwest, we are seeing changes in our precipitation, we will have on average, more precipitation but even more significant is it’s not going to be distributed evenly throughout the year. We are going to have more of it in extreme downpours. It may not increase the frequency of storms but it’s increasing the severity of the storms. There’s significant public health risks associate with climate change – longer allergy seasons, more air pollution. That’s bad for people with asthma, with other respiratory illnesses, with heart conditions. It’s bad for people whose jobs have them working outdoors. So, lots of ways in which climate change is going to affect our health. I think that we are seeing a real change in the conversation around it, but there has been a lot of resistance to public policy making changes that would address climate change. There are a lot of partisan politics that have gotten in the way of people being able to have reasonable conversations. The future of our state, our nation, and the world if we don’t take action on climate change is a grim one. Scientists have been doing all this work that needs to be out in the public sphere in a way that people can understand. In a way that relates tot them. What we’ve done here at IU is to say we’re not going to argue about who’s responsible, we’re going to recognize that climate change is happening, these are the ways it’s affecting us, and what are the things, what are the skills, what is the expertise, what are the resources, and assets that IU can bring to the table? We have a range of scientists from atmospheric modelers to people who study species movement to people who study agriculture and how local governments and how businesses deal with issues like climate change. The overarching mission of the Environmental Resilience Institute is to develop research tools and resources to help Indiana be more resilient in the face of climate change and also provide knowledge, resources, and scholarship to help with the climate change challenge in the world. We work significantly with local governments at the Environmental Resilience Institute and I have been flabbergasted at the interest among cities an towns for the resources that we can provide. All across Indiana University we have researcher, teachers, and others who care deeply about the issue of climate change, the implications of climate change for our world, our country, and our state, and are doing what they can to contribute to addressing this issue.

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30+actively funded research projects

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How is our environment changing?

We know our climate is warming, causing heavier downpours in the spring and summer, and hotter, drier summers. But these visible effects of climate change also give rise to less obvious environmental changes. Growing seasons are shifting. New migratory patterns are emerging. The topography of Indiana's landscape is changing. Residents need reliable information about what is and will be happening—and how it will affect our health, our economy and our quality of life.