Indiana University's Environmental Resilience Institute has received a $1.25 million grant from the McKinney Family Foundation.The grant will expand programs that help Indiana communities take action against climate change and connect students with valuable career training in sustainability and the environment.
The five-year grant will support the formation of the McKinney Midwest Climate Project, which will be administered by ERI. It will also officially merge ERI's Resilience Cohort program and Sustain IU's Indiana Climate Fellows, now called the McKinney Climate Fellows.
Since 2019, the Resilience Cohort and Indiana Climate Fellows have worked hand in hand to accelerate local governments' progress toward their climate-related goals. The Resilience Cohort has provided training, tools and expertise to dozens of Indiana communities intent on managing and reducing local greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs. In support of these efforts, climate fellows have led greenhouse gas inventories, facilitated community climate action planning and contributed to green initiatives.
The McKinney Midwest Climate Project will build on these successful partnerships, while simultaneously preparing the next generation of climate leaders for the workforce.
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