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 Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge 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.

In celebration of Earth Day, meet some of IU's Environmental Resilience Institute research fellows who are working to ensure Indiana is prepared for the threats of environmental change.

Meet the Institute's Fellows

Our fellows are a team of ambitious researchers from across the globe whose areas of expertise encompass the scientific, sociological, legal, historical and artistic challenges of climate change. Together, they're working to understand the impact of environmental change in Indiana from every angle and produce insights that can translate into actionable steps to help Hoosiers prepare for the challenges that environmental change will bring to the state. For Earth Day, Indiana University is recognizing our fellows to highlight all of the work they are doing to make Indiana and beyond more resilient in the face of environmental change.

Meet our fellows

2019 Hoosier Resilience Heroes

Indiana is full of individuals—in every corner of the state and from every walk of life—who are working to make Indiana more resilient in the face of environmental change, and make Indiana residents safer and healthier now and for generations to come. We are thrilled to recognize these Hoosier Resilience Heroes and lift up their work to inspire us all. The 2019 cohort is comprised of community members in a variety of positions, university staff and faculty, government employees, and students who are leading the way by making a difference in their communities and beyond. 

Learn more about the 2019 cohort

Read the press release

Help Preserve Biodiversity in Indiana

We are raising awareness of biodiversity research in Indiana, because a more diverse environment is a more resilient environment. Donations to the Institute will contribute to research and education opportunities, including research at IU's Kent Farm Research Station, where IU researchers, students, and community members are advancing crucial knowledge to protect billions of migratory animals. With your support and generosity, we will be able to provide more opportunities for students, faculty, and members of the community to participate in research to preserve biodiversity in the face of climate change. Any amount helps! 

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Featured Resources

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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

Do you have an idea for a webinar? Is there a resilience topic you would like to know more about for your community? Fill out our survey so we can schedule webinars to fit your needs. 

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 and Sustainability Service Day 

Friday, April 26, 2019 
2:00 - 4:00 pm, IUB

The Hoosier Resilience Index Under Development 

Thursday, May 2, 2019 
12:00 - 1:30 pm, webinar

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