Hoosier Resilience Index

Hoosier Resilience Index

The Environmental Resilience Institute is developing the Hoosier Resilience Index to help local governments 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;
  • guide communities as they evaluate progress towards resilience; and
  • offer assistance in making decisions that lead to greater resilience.

How can the Index help my Indiana community?

The Institute intends for the Hoosier Resilience Index to be easy to use and understand, informative, objective, inspiring and accessible to the diverse array of cities, towns, and counties within the state and beyond. It will use Indiana-specific data about future environmental conditions.

Although the tool will initially be designed for an Indiana audience, the Index is intended to be relevant across a range of community sizes in the Midwest. The Index will help communities understand where to focus their attention and provide a methodology for measuring progress towards resilience. The Index is intended to complement, not duplicate, existing tools for climate-related vulnerability assessments.

This tool will help users understand the gravity of climate change, that adaptation and mitigation are feasible and important, and that resilience is necessary, relevant, and unique to each community. The Index will allow communities to understand their specific risks, strengths, and weaknesses to help them set priorities.

Hoosier Resilience Index Committee

Project Managers

  • Janet McCabe, ERI
  • Andrea Webster, ERI
  • Zach Richardson, ERI and O'Neill School Masters Candidate

Committee Members

  • Eduardo Brondizio, Anthropology
  • Mariana Cains, O'Neill PhD Candidate
  • Nathan Geiger, Media School
  • Michael Hamburger, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Heather Reynolds, Biology
  • Jim Shanahan, Media School
  • Jacob Simpson, Center for Rural Engagement
  • David Wild, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering