Resilience is more than the capacity to handle today's events. It’s also about being prepared for what tomorrow brings.

The mission of the Environmental Resilience Institute is to develop the forecasts, strategies and means of communication necessary to enhance resilience to environmental change.

Funded through Indiana University’s Grand Challenge Prepared for Environmental Change initiative, we are an institute of researchers spanning disciplines at the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses working together with our partners across Indiana, the Midwest and beyond to lessen the impact of environmental changes and prepare for their real-world effects. Our partners include leaders representing communities, governments, businesses, farms and nonprofits.

If you are ready to prepare for environmental change, the Institute is here to support you.

Watch to learn about the Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge

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there is a rhythm to our natural world
the timing
everything in harmony with the orchestra
of life
but the beat is changing familiar
patterns are disappearing ecosystems are
altering in the farthest corners of our
planet right here in the Hoosier State
it means new challenges affecting every
single one of us no matter our faith our
profession or our politics some of the
challenges are obvious others are more
difficult to see but they're all
changing our very way of life changing
how we eat our infrastructure our energy
use even how we breathe so we don't just
have to be prepared to react we have to
be prepared to lead prepared for
environmental change is a new initiative
sponsored by the Grand Challenges
program at Indiana University it's a
group of hundreds of scientists
professors students environmentalists
ecologists businesspeople public
officials and concerned citizens from
all walks of life throughout Indiana
people working together to meet the
challenges of our changing world with
predictive modeling early warning
systems and collaborative pilot projects
and new ideas to plan and build green
infrastructure conserve biodiversity
clean and protect our waterways and
harness mighty forces of nature becoming
a model for other communities facing the
same challenges around the world
because environmental change is one of
the biggest tests of our kind
it's one of our greatest challenges and
now right now it's time to get to work
we can help when we take the lead for
our friends and neighbors
our families for our cities and towns
for all the people around the world for
this singular place we call home Indiana
University's Grand Challenges prepared
to environmentally

Calling IU-Bloomington, IUPUI, and IU-South Bend Students

The Indiana Sustainability Development Program invites applications from graduate and undergraduate students to complete a greenhouse gas inventory for eight of the Environmental Resilience Institute's Resilience Cohort participants. Students will receive training on how to complete an inventory. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until February 28, 2019, or until all positions have been filled.

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Our world is changing. Temperatures are rising. Diseases are spreading. Severe weather is harming our infrastructure and our crops. And in the face of these environmental threats, we must protect Indiana jobs, our economy, and our communities.

Built by experts at Indiana University alongside local municipalities and the EPA, the Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit (or ERIT) is an online resource designed to help local governments in Indiana and other Midwestern states assess, prepare for, and respond to environmental change.

ERIT provides tailored information to Hoosier communities facing increased threats from flooding, air pollution, heat waves, and disease. Updated regularly, ERIT helps state and local leaders combat the effects of climate change on our communities, our health and our jobs.

As ERIT’s database expands, so will its impact. Detailed case studies provide road maps for how other communities have successfully adapted to climate risks… highlighting tools needed to replicate their successes and secure funding.

Indiana and the Midwest face a unique set of environmental concerns. But by working together to create, manage and implement resources like ERIT, our communities and businesses can have a more resilient future. Learn more at


As the climate changes, local government leaders in Indiana—and beyond—still need to effectively deliver services to their communities. We created ERIT, the Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit, to help.

View our toolkit

Webinars for Local Government Leaders

Talk to Researchers and Experts

Access free training on flooding, assessing vulnerabilities and more through our Prepared for Environmental Change Webinar Series. We select topics for a Midwestern audience.

Take part in the next webinar

Newsletters from the Institute

Connect with What's Important

Whether you’re a member of the IU community, a local government official, or a private individual, if you're looking for ways to prepare for environmental change, we offer a newsletter for you.


Upcoming Events

Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources Symposium

Environmental Resilience in the Legal and Policy Landscape

Friday, March 22, 2019
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wynne Courtroom and Atrium, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St.

The event is free but registration is required. 

More information about events

Environmental Reporting

The Institute sponsors a dedicated, full-time reporter at Indiana Public Media to cover environmental issues in our state.

Read their work

The Indiana Environmental Reporter, funded by the Institute, is an established news outlet that covers nonpartisan environmental stories in the Hoosier State. 

Read their work

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.

Making ourselves more resilient in the face of environmental change means protecting ourselves from invasive species, conserving plants and animals that sustain us, defending ourselves from weather disasters and creating more livable cities.

Ellen Ketterson, Director of the Environmental Resilience Institute