Webinars

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.

Upcoming Webinars

There are no scheduled speakers at this time. Check back in August 2022 for updates on the 2022-2023 Webinar Series.

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

Past Webinars

Below are the webinars and speakers for each of our annual series. Webinars are available to view on our YouTube page.

2021-2022 Webinar Series

  • Addressing Community Climate Vulnerability - November 10, 2021
    • Dr. Aaron Deslatte, Professor, IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs 
    • Kayley Barrios Lain, Energy Services Coordinator, City of Ames, IA
  • Restoring Waterways to Protect Your Community - December 8, 2021
    • Dr. Todd Royer, Professor, IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
    • Jennifer Birchfield, Northwest Indiana Urban Waters Program Coordinator, Purdue University Northwest
  • Financing Climate Preparedness Projects - February 9, 2022
    • Dr. Justin Ross, Professor and Public Finance Economist, IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
    • Brian Payne, Executive Director, CDFI Friendly Bloomington
  • Environmental Change and Social Equity - April 13, 2022
    • Laura Helmke-Long, PhD Candidate, IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs 
    • Phoebe Romero, Environmental Program Coordinator, City of Austin's Office of Sustainability

2020-2021 Webinar Series

  • Indiana's New Model Solar Ordinance - September 9, 2020
    • Bob Thompson, Director of Development and Stormwater Management, Porter County (IN) Government
    • Brian Ross, Program Director, Great Plain's Institute
  • Addressing Climate Change in Your Comprehensive Plan - February 10, 2021 
    • Dr. Aaron Deslatte, Professor, IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs 
    • Matt Evans, GIS Coordinator, City of Richmond, IN
    • Alison Zajdel, Resiliency Coordinator, Earth Charter Indiana & Member of the Sustainability Commission, City of Richmond, IN

2019-2020 Webinar Series

  • Zoning Code and Comprehensive Plan Strategies for Climate Resilience - December 11, 2019*
    • Jonathan Rosenbloom, Professor, Vermont Law School and Drake Law School 
    • Lauren Clemens, Assistant Director of Sustainability, City of Bloomington

*Due to technical difficulties, we do not have a recording of this webinar. You can see Jonathan's presentation (an accessible version of Jonathan's presentation is available online) and Lauren's presentation (an accessible version of Lauren's presentation is available online).

  • Responding to Floods - March 11, 2020
    • Jason Kauffman, Stormwater Coordinator, City of Goshen, IN
    • Manuela Johnson, State Disaster Relief Fund Administrator, Indiana Department of Homeland Security 
  • Managing Extreme Heat - July 8, 2020  
    • Vivek Shandas, Professor, Portland State University and CAPA Strategies 
    • Colleen Moran, Bureau Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, Wisconsin Division of Public Health

2018-2019 Webinar Series

  • Environmental Changes Expected in Indiana - September 20, 2018
    • Melissa Widhalm, Operations Manager, Purdue Climate Change Research Center
    • Dr. Gabriel Filippelli, Chancellor's Professor, IUPUI Department of Earth Sciences & Director, IUPUI Center for Urban Health
  • Planning for More Frequent River Flooding - October 9, 2018
    • Dr. Alan Hamlet, Professor, Unversity of Notre Dame Department of Engineering
    • Donna Price, Assistant Administrator of Licenses and Permits, City of Indianapolis's Building and Construction Services
  • An Introduction to ERIT - November 13, 2018
    • Andrea Webster, Implementation Manager, Environmental Resilience Institute
  • Using Greenspace and Vegetation as an Adaptation Strategy - February 13, 2019
    • Dr. Heather Reynolds, Professor, IU Department of Biology
    • Dr. Jeffrey Wilson, Professor, IUPUI Department of Geography
    • Brenda Scott-Henry, MS4 Coordinator and Director, City of Gary's (IN) Department of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs
  • Managing Storm Sewer Flooding - March 13, 2019
    • Kieran Fahey, Combined Sewers Long-Term Control Plan Director, City of South Bend, IN
    • Larry Weber, Co-Founder, University of Iowa's Iowa Flood Center
  • Funding and Installing Solar Energy in Your Community - June 12, 2019
    • Leah Thill, Senior Environmental Planner, Michiana Area Council of Governments
    • Pete Just, Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township (IN)
    • Therese Dorau, Sustainability Director, City of South Bend, IN
  • Planning for Electric Vehicles - July 10, 2019
    • Leah Thill, Senior Environmental Planner, Michiana Area Council of Governments
    • Phil Goode, General Manager, Crawfordsville Electric Light and Power