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.