Facing increasingly frequent heat waves, seasonal shifts, and flood events, the State of Indiana is already feeling the impacts of a changing climate. In response, Indiana University is leading the charge to prepare Indiana communities to mitigate and prepare for climate change. For 2019, IU’s Environmental Resilience Instiute conceived of the 2019 Resilience Cohort in partnership with ICLEI USA to provide 14 Indiana cities, towns, and counties with training, technical tools, a peer network, and a sequenced capacity-building program to complete their community-scale greenhouse gas inventory.
The 2019 Cohort was part of Indiana University’s Indiana Sustainability Development Program (ISDP). The partnership connected undergraduate and graduate student externs with eight of the participating local governments to assist with the inventories and, in turn, help train a future workforce of climate analysts.