IER is an online publication — located in the sub-basement of Franklin Hall — dedicated to reporting on environmental issues affecting Indiana. Its stories are available to media outlets throughout the state for free.
These stories include pieces on the volunteer group Friends of Lake Monroe, invasive species, Environmental Protection Agency changes under the Trump administration, urban chicken coops and — the site’s biggest focus — climate change.
IER was founded through ERI as part of Prepared for Environmental Change, one of IU’s three Grand Challenges. Grand Challenges are multidisciplinary teams of IU faculty, staff and students seeking solutions to major problems.
Supported by ERI and The Media School, IER is an editorially independent, six-person reporting team. Edwards and reporter Enrique Saenz are the organization’s two full-time staff members, supported by four part-timers who handle graphic design, social media, podcast production, news briefs and distribution.