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.

Watch to learn about the Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge

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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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Request for Proposals

The Environmental Resilience Institute, under the auspices of the Office of the Vice President for Research, invites applications for projects to be funded through IU’s Prepared for Environmental Change (PfEC) Grand Challenge Initiative. Projects must align with PfEC goals, and may involve research, engagement, or implementation, with a preference for a combination, on the IUB or IUPUI campuses.

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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 www.eri.iu.edu/erit.

ERIT

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

2019 Resilience Cohort

Complete a Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Local government leaders can join our 2019 Resilience Cohort to receive training, technical resources and potential staff capacity to complete a county, city or town greenhouse gas inventory. Applications are due December 14, 2018.

Learn more about the cohort

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.

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Upcoming Events

Hoosier Resilience Index Status Update

Thursday, December 13, 2018
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Maple Room, Indiana Memorial Union
Bloomington, IN

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