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.

Summer Hiatus

The Prepared for Environmental Change Webinar Series will be on hiatus for July and August. The series will return in September with new webinars on topics identified by you. Complete our Webinar Series Topic Survey by July 15 to provide input on what you want to hear about. 

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

Addressing Heat Preparedness in Under-Resourced Communities – Held June 09, 2021

View this webinar to learn how to equitably address heat preparedness in under-resourced communities. 


  • Dr. Dan Johnson, Associate Professor, IUPUI School of Geography 
  • Julie Donna, Sustainability Coordinator, Louisville Metro Government 

Effective communication techniques to constructively engage the entire community - Held May 12, 2021

View this webinar to learn effective communication strategies to constructively engage your community on environmental topics.


  • Martin McCrory, Professor of Business Law, Kelley School of Business
  • Carolyn Townsend, MPA-MSES, O'Neill SPEA; Service Corps Fellow, City of Bloomington

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

Webinar Archive

More webinars are available to view on YouTube.