In December 2023, Holland received notification that their Safe Strees and Roads for All grant application was successful. The $146,960 award will fund a comprehensive safety action plan that will explore strategies to address the town’s safety concerns, including bike lanes and pedestrian corridors. Throughout the grant planning process, the Indiana Resilience Funding Hub team supported initial data gathering, proposal writing, and the grant application itself.
On Feb. 9, more than 360 Hoosier sustainability professionals, students, entrepreneurs, and community leaders gathered at the IUPUI Campus Center for a day of networking and knowledge sharing during the 2024 Indiana Sustainability and Resilience Conference. Hosted by Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute, the conference highlighted actions being taken in Indiana and elsewhere to counteract the effects of climate change and reduce the environmental impacts of human activities.
While addressing an audience of more than 360 Hoosiers at the IUPUI Campus Center on Feb. 9, author and nonprofit leader Michelle Moore turned to Indiana history to illustrate the power of public utilities in American life. Hosted by Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI), the Indiana Sustainability and Resilience Conference brought together students, academics, industry and government leaders, community groups, and others for a day of networking and knowledge sharing to advance Indiana’s sustainability and resilience.
Working with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful as a 2020 McKinney Climate Fellow, Madison Byarley got to know the people of Indianapolis and the rich histories of local neighborhoods as she helped manage pocket parks throughout the city. The experience introduced her to working at the community level, where building relationships is critical to organizational success.
Since high school, Indiana University student Maisie Westerfield has known she wants to pursue a career focused on sustainability and urban planning. Now in her senior year at IU Bloomington, Westerfield is playing a leading role in guiding Terre Haute, Ind. through an assessment of the community’s vulnerabilities to climate change and helping residents make plans to reduce risk.
Before he was planning the power grid of the future, Logan Pollander joined McKinney Climate Fellows to help his hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind. create a climate action plan, benchmark local greenhouse gas emissions, and establish long-term sustainability goals. The experience gave him insight into how to effectively work with a broad group of stakeholders toward a common goal.
Nominations for 2024 Hoosier Resilience Heroes are open now through March 1. Individuals can nominate an Indiana resident by filling out and submitting an online form.
In October 2023, Rushville received a $787,600 grant to create an action plan along Indiana State Road 3. The plan will address surrounding safety and infrastructure concerns, with a goal of reducing the rate of serious and fatal accidents and will allow the city to hire a full-time employee to coordinate and manage the project and engage community stakeholders in the planning process.Indiana Resilience Funding Hub staff provided support for the grant proposal at every step of the process—from identifying the grant, to gathering data, to filling out forms and writing proposal narratives.
A South Bend native, Katherine Couch didn’t hear much about global warming and its effects until she was a college undergraduate. As her knowledge about climate change grew, so did her desire to be part of positive change on behalf of her community and the planet. As a graduate student at IU South Bend, Couch immersed herself in sustainability and climate work, serving as a McKinney Climate Fellow with the Patachou Foundation in 2022, working with the Town of Zionsville on multiple sustainability initiatives during the 2022-23 school year, and conducting outreach on behalf of the City of South Bend as a climate action ambassador in 2023.
As federal funding opportunities spurred increased interest in clean energy and climate and resilience projects in 2023, Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) played a central role in connecting Indiana communities and other stakeholders to increased capacity, resources, and knowledge for sustainability initiatives.
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