Frequently Asked Questions
A: Prepared for Environmental Change was launched in May 2017 to develop community-specific plans to help Indiana adapt to changes affecting their homes, livelihoods, communities and health. The institute is part of that new challenge and is tasked with creating forecasting tools to predict effects of changes, work with governments and other partners to find solutions and to use new ways of communicating to alert residents about ways to prepare.
A: We know that environmental change is happening and will impact Indiana communities in many ways; it already is. Residents need to have good information about what is and will be happening and how it will affect our health, our economy and our quality of life. Resilience means we will be able to deal with these changes in ways that protect the public health, welfare and economic vitality of our communities. Resilience is not about running away from our way of life, but growing toward stronger, cleaner, healthier, safer and more vibrant communities.
A: More than 100 researchers from Indiana University are partnering with community leaders, government officials, farmers, business owners and other stakeholders around the state to address the effects of change and how to help them adapt.
A: Nearly three dozen projects are under way, across a range of areas, including ways to ensure river and stream health, tools to predict vector-borne illness such as Zika and West Nile, and strategies for community green infrastructure to support greener, cleaner communities that promote business investment and workforce development.
A: We have already begun initiatives to improve the lives of Hoosiers. These include working with communities to improve urban water resources along the Pleasant Run waterway in Indianapolis and with farmers to reduce agricultural runoff and improve productivity in the lower Wabash River watershed. They also include support for journalism across the state to improve awareness and understanding of the environmental issues we face.