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A Grand Challenge

Launched in 2017, the Environmental Resilience Institute is part of Prepared for Environmental Change, the second initiative developed and funded through Indiana University's Grand Challenges Program.

IU's investment in the initiative supports ERI’s efforts to better predict the impact of environmental change and to facilitate collaboration between IU's world-class faculty and Indiana residents, businesses, and nonprofits. 

Read about ERI's mission and vision



Predict coming changes in weather patterns, water, plant and animal behavior, and disease risk


Measure public risk perception of environmental change


Communicate the consequences of Indiana’s warming climate to Hoosiers


Motivate individuals and communities to prepare for environmental change


Advise strategies for governments and businesses to invest productively in agriculture, industry, infrastructure, and public health


Deploy innovative strategies for conserving wildlife and natural resources and contribute to greener, more resilient communities

Great research universities like IU are uniquely positioned to help lead these partnerships and provide the intellectual talent, resources and expertise to develop and implement innovative and high-impact solutions to the most pressing needs of our local communities, our state and our world in the face of environmental change.

IU President Michael McRobbie