Preparing Indiana for a resilient future

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

Launched 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:

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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ERI impact: Working with Indiana farmers and mayors

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Everything's more extreme. We've lost our balance. We have events that are more severe, when it rains, it rains more, when it stays dry, it stays dry longer, when it gets hot, it gets hotter. As farmers, we have control over a lot of things but one of the things we don't have control over is the weather.

The world is evolving so fast, we in agriculture don't have the tools and background to interpret and analyze and understand that always. There is a niche for an organization like ERI to step in and start really helping us understand the science behind what we're doing.

I learned about the Environmental Resilience Institute after taking office. Part of the way that we found out about ERI is because one of my goals as mayor was to form an environmental or a sustainability commission. And I think that's important when we're moving forward with any sort of science-based approach that we start with an inventory, we find out where we are, and then we measure against that in year after year.

So without the ERI, we would never have been able to do that on our own. Because this really is a building block for us to have data, to engage our community and start to set some community priorities and ideally set up our own sustainability commission and begin to create more long-range planning around maintaining and improving our local environment.

This is an opportunity for our community to define what mitigating climate change looks like for us. What I'm excited about is that this is a community-based approach that is using science to help inform us of how we develop policy.

There’s no question that the more resilient the system we build, the more efficient we are, the more control we have over our own destiny. We all benefit from a better environment, cleaner water, cleaner air, healthy soils, higher quality food. The resilience that is required in a system to produce these things is where ERI can play a major role in helping Hoosier farmers to provide those ecological services to all Hoosiers.

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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.