Local Government Outreach and Education

Preparing local governments for environmental change

Though environmental change is a global phenomenon, it’s actually felt at the local level, where communities must deal with the effects of heat, flooding, drought, and other challenges. Communities in the Midwestern US have their own climate concerns and need information and solutions that work for them. The Local Government Outreach and Education team work to connect local governments and other groups to tools and resources focusing on Indiana and the Midwest that can bolster Indiana’s resilience.

ERI’s policy and implementation work engages change agents throughout the state who can benefit from the information and resources developed through the institute. These external parties include state and local government staff and organizations that support local governments; business and industry; community organizations; environmental and health advocacy groups; and sustainability staff at other colleges and universities.

Outcomes of local government outreach include:

  • The Hoosier Resilience Index, an online tool to help local governments and Indiana residents understand how their communities are vulnerable to climate change and what they can do to respond.
  • The Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit, an interactive resource that connects local officials and government staff to information on climate change implications, funding opportunities, case studies describing successful community projects, and more.
  • The Prepared for Environmental Change webinar series, a monthly educational offering covering a wide range of resilience topics on the risks communities face from climate change and how to address them.
  • The Resilience Cohort program, a program to help Indiana local governments measure, manage, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.