To fulfill its charge of preparing Hoosiers for worsening climate change, IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute focuses on six goals: predicting, measuring, motivating, advising, deploying and communicating.
The Media School is a key player in the execution of the final goal: communicating. Its initiatives are two-fold: conducting scholarly research on environmental communication and increasing the quantity of environmental reporting in Indiana.
ERI was established through Prepared for Environmental Change, one of IU’s three Grand Challenges — interdisciplinary teams of researchers working with community partners to solve large-scale problems. ERI conducts research and works with local governments and community organizations to help meet their needs.
It’s led by director Janet McCabe, an IU McKinney School of Law professor and former EPA administrator, and associate director James Shanahan, dean of The Media School.