Prepared for Environmental Change Webinar Series

The Prepared for Environmental Change Webinar Series provides cost-free trainings for local government officials and staff on topics that support local government leaders as they prepare their communities for higher average temperatures year-round, increased precipitation during spring and winter months and all of the impacts that occur as a result. Topics are selected for a Midwestern audience. 

The series is hosted by the Environmental Resilience Institute, Accelerate Indiana Municipalities and the Association of Indiana Counties. These webinars are sponsored by Health by Design and the Indiana Public Health Association.

Future Topics

  • Using the built environment to minimize the impacts of climate change

These topics were identified through the annual webinar topics survey. To submit your input, sign up for the Environmental Resilience Institute's public and local government e-newsletters.

One of my favorite things about the webinar series is that it's specific enough to be relevant to my work but general enough to appeal to people in other fields

Katherine Moore Powell, a climate change ecologist at the Field Museum in Chicago

Hearing experts address an Indiana and Midwest audience and hosted by an Indiana institution is very helpful to me in making the case for the importance of these issues

Therese Dorau, the former City of South Bend director of sustainability

Building Up Local Food Systems Through the Lens of Equity - Held April 14, 2021

This webinar discussed how climate change is impacting food systems and how local solutions can be built while protecting the most vulnerable populations.


  • Milele Kennedy, Director, Indianapolis Division of Community Nutrition and Food Policy
  • Virginia Pleasant, PhD., Vice President and Value Chain Coordinator, Northwest Indiana Food Council

Addressing Climate Risks in your Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan - Held March 10, 2021

View this webinar to learn how to address climate risks in your Multi-hazard Mitigation Plan development process.  


  • Mary Moran, Disaster Recovery Division Director, Indiana Department of Homeland Security
  • Andrew Rumbach, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

Addressing Climate Change in Your Comprehensive Plan - Held February 10, 2021

View this webinar to learn how to include climate planning in a comprehensive plan to lay the groundwork for future ordinances and policies.


  • Aaron Deslatte, Assistant Professor, Indiana University
  • Matt Evans, GIS Coordinator, City of Richmond
  • Alison Zajdel, Resiliency Coordinator, Earth Charter Indiana

How to Reduce Energy Use in City Water Movement - Held December 9, 2020

View this webinar to learn about the City of Michigan City's measures to reduce energy use in its wastewater treatment facility and the U.S. Department of Energy's (invited) Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure of the Future Initiative (SWIFt).


  • Shannon Zaret, Energy Technology Program Specialist, US Department of Energy
  • Michael Kuss, Sanitary District General Manager, Michigan City, Indiana,

Addressing the Burden of Energy Costs on Low-income Households - Held November 11, 2020

View this webinar to learn about the burden of energy costs and tangible ways to address the issues in your community. 


  • Carla Walker, City of Cincinnati Climate Advisor, American Cities Climate Challenge
  • Savannah Sullivan, City of Cincinnati Climate and Community Resilience Analyst
  • Trevor Memmott, IU O'Neill School Ph.D. Candidate in Public Affairs

The Connections Between Racial Equity and Climate Change - Held October 14, 2020

View this webinar to review the various ways people of color and low-income communities bear an unfair portion of the burden of environmental issues and learn about policies and other approaches to rectify this inequity.


  • Dr. Marva E. King, Retired Environmental Justice Coordinator, USEPA
  • Brenda Scott-Henry, Director of Environmental Affairs, City of Gary

Indiana's New Model Solar Ordinance - Held September 9, 2020

View this webinar to learn about the details of a model solar ordinance designed for local governments in Indiana and hear from a local government in Indiana that has already adopted solar energy systems standards.


  • Bob Thompson, Director of Development and Stormwater Management, Porter County 
  • Brian Ross, Program Director, Great Plains Institute 

Managing Extreme Heat - Held July 8, 2020

View this webinar to learn how extreme temperatures can impact your community and strategies for developing extreme heat response plans.


  • Colleen Moran, Bureau Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, Wisconsin Division of Public Health
  • Vivek Shandas, Principal, CAPA Strategies

The Economic Value of Preparedness and Resilience - Held June 10, 2020

View this webinar to learn about resources that help local governments make informed decisions on where to allocate funding, and how to weigh outcomes versus expenditures.


  • William Liao, Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab, Indiana University Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering
  • Jessica Davis, Director of Sustainability, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Communicable Diseases and Environmental Change - Is there a Connection? - Held May 13, 2020

Hear directly from scientists on how environmental change can exacerbate the spread of new viruses and diseases.


  • Dr. Gabe Filippelli, Chancellor's Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Director of the Center for Urban Health, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Dr. Stephen Jay, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Public Health, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Effectively Communicating with the Public During a Crisis - Held April 8, 2020

Learn about effective communication strategies for extenuating circumstances.


  • Jennifer Wagner, Founding Principal, Mass Ave Public Relations
  • Allison Barber, Indiana Red Cross

FutureWater: A New Resource from ERI - Held April 6, 2020

(Note - this webinar, which is not part of our regular webinar series, is targeted towards an audience familiar with technical water data analysis.)

Learn how FutureWater research data could help advance solutions in agriculture, wastewater treatment, land use, and species migration, among other applications.


  • Chen Zhu, Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Indiana University
  • Marlon Pierce, Director, Cyberinfrastructure Integration Research Center, Indiana University

Responding to Floods - Held March 11, 2020

Learn more about critical concepts and action steps local governments need to know to respond to a flood once it has happened.


  • Jason Kauffman, City of Goshen Stormwater Coordinator
  • Manuela Johnson, Indiana Department of Homeland Security State Disaster Recovery Program Administrator

Zoning Code and Comprehensive Plan Strategies for Climate Resilience - Held December 11, 2019

Learn how local governments can build more resilient communities through planning and zoning code updates and ordinance best practices. Due to technical difficulties, we do not have a recording of this webinar. See the live tweets from the webinar and the speaker's presentations below.