Introducing ERIT - the Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit for local government leaders.

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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 www.eri.iu.edu/erit.

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2019 Resilience Cohort

For local government leaders

Apply for the 2019 Resilience Cohort to join Indiana cities, towns and counties that receive training, technical resources, and staff capacity to complete a  greenhouse gas inventory.

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New Webinar Series

For Local Government Leaders

The Prepared for Environmental Change Webinar Series provides cost-free training on flooding, local climate impacts and more. Topics are selected for an Indiana audience.

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As part of Indiana University’s Grand Challenge: Prepared for Environmental Change, the Environmental Resilience Institute will help people address these challenges. Partnering with government, businesses and communities, IU’s top researchers are identifying problems, developing solutions and enabling citizens to adapt to the effects of these coming changes.

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
IU Grand Challenges: Prepared for Environmental Change

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