For Local Officials

For local officials:

ERIT - The Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit

ERIT is an interactive online resource center designed to help local government leaders effectively deliver services to their communities even as the climate changes. With a growing emphasis on Midwestern communities, ERIT offers tools to see how peers are adapting to current environmental challenges, case studies to replicate their successes, and lists of funding opportunities, specific adapation strategies and more. 

Hoosier Resilience Index

The Environmental Resilience Institute is developing the Hoosier Resilience Index to help local government officials and employees in Indiana understand the path to making their communities more resilient to climate change impacts. This decision-making tool will: present the risks specific to individual Hoosier cities, towns and counties; provide information on which risks may be most harmful; evaluate progress towards resilience; and offer assistance in making decisions that lead to greater resilience. The anticipated launch for this tool is fall 2019.

Resilience Cohort

The Institute's Resilience Cohort provides Indiana cities, towns and counties with training, technical resources, a peer network and capacity to complete projects that increase their resilience to climate change impacts. Participants in the 2019 Resilience Cohort worked alongside Indiana peers, with technical support from ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, to develop a community-wide greenhouse gas inventory. Some 2019 Cohort members received an IU student extern through a partnership with Sustain IU's Indiana Sustainability Development Program.

Indiana Sustainability Development Program

Through the support of the McKinney Family Foundation, Sustain IU places IU graduate and undergraduate students with Indiana local governments, businesses and nonprofits to help them work on resilience and sustainability projects through the Indiana Sustainability Development Program. Student "externs" receive a stipend to work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks during the summer. Extern host applications are typically due in December for the following summer's placements. Some funding is available to host students. 

Webinar Series

The Prepared for Environmental Change Webinar Series provides cost-free trainings for local government officials and staff on topics that support leaders as they prepare their communities for higher than average temperatures year-round, increased precipitation during spring and winter months and all of the impacts that occur as a result. Topics are selected for an Indiana audience, but webinar content is often relevant to a broader, Midwestern audience. Recordings are available for past webinars. 

Access to Experts

More than 100 researchers are on hand to help local officials answer questions specific to their communities. Contact ERI for more information.