Communication with Impact
James Shanahan, Dean, The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington
Betsy Stirratt, director of the Grunwald Gallery of Art, School of Art, Architecture+Design, Indiana University Bloomington
This team considers new ways to share information with Hoosier residents and foster an understanding of the challenges the state faces from environmental change. Strategies include generating public information through public relations efforts and using arts and humanities to enhance awareness of environmental change.
Dynamic Earth Systems
David Polly, Associate Director, Environmental Resilience Institute, and Schrock Professor of Sedimentary Geology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington
Researchers gather and analyze data to forecast change in temperature, precipitation, stream flow and erosion, and to predict the consequences of these changes for Hoosiers. The working group’s first project is to create and implement the Hoosier Environmental Forecast Matrix, a tool to predict rainfall, flooding and water supply and their effects on Indiana’s ecosystems.
Eric Sandweiss, Professor and Carmony Chair, Department of History, Indiana University Bloomington
Members of this working group study environmental history in Indiana’s towns and cities. Using their Hoosier Social-Environmental Survey, they gather data about contemporary Hoosiers’ attitudes on environmental change, including their use of resources such as food, water and energy, and their expectations for work, social and leisure activities amid this change.
Ellen Ketterson, Director, Environmental Resilience Institute and Distinguished Professor of Biology, Indiana University Bloomington
Keith Clay, Distinguished Professor of Biology, Indiana University Bloomington
This working group aims to forecast the impact of environmental change on the distribution, abundance and movement patterns of plants, animals and microbes, and how this movement affects humans’ interests.
Robert Fischman, Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University Bloomington
Members of this working group are collaborating with decision makers to advance law, policy and management initiatives that facilitate efforts to maintain viable agricultural ecosystems, effective conservation corridors and healthy watersheds.
Urban Green Infrastructure
Gabe Filippelli, Professor of Earth Sciences, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Beth Gazley, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington
Heather Reynolds, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Indiana University Bloomington
This working group investigates the socio-economics, policy and ecology of designing urban green spaces for human health, food and energy systems. Projects include working with municipal partners to develop an inventory of community natural assets and developing a cost-benefit model to support greener, cleaner communities.