Community Collaborations

The Environmental Resilience Institute is working with nonprofits, landowners and communities on projects that range from education and awareness to hands-on field studies of water and plant species. Here are some of those projects:

Beyond Land Protection Mechanisms: Engaging Private Landowners in Active Stewardship
Goals: Develop and test intervention strategies to improve private landowner engagement with state and private professionals in order to optimize land stewardship and economic return on investment.

800 Seasons
Goals: To explore the ways in which human-environmental interactions have created the present and will inform the future. This collaboration is creating an exhibit, “Change and Continuity in Bloomington 1818-2018,” which will open in 2019 at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

Greening the Pleasant Run Waterway
Goals: Develop a new model for water re-use in Pleasant Run Creek in order to provide resiliency in fresh water supply and quality, reduced flooding risk, enhanced carbon sequestration, an improved wildlife corridor, and economic and neighborhood revitalization.

Lower Wabash Watershed Project
Goals: Develop tools and resources to reduce the negative impact of agricultural runoff while also improving habitat for animals.

Photographing Hoosier Biodiversity
Goals: To illustrate biodiversity in a slide presentation to schools, museums and community centers around the state. This collaboration includes Distinguished Professor of Biology Roger Hangarter’s photos of Indiana’s biodiversity.

Professional Development for Indiana Teachers
Goals: Partner with WonderLab to expand the museum’s ongoing summer professional development series for teachers to include standards-based curriculum modules addressing environmental change.

Transformations in Indiana Plant Ecology
Goals: Scientists and citizens will collaborate to revisit botanist Charles C. Deam’s collections of 78,000 specimens from 1909-40 to identify changes in plant communities in the ensuing years.