Supporting Climate Resilience in Communities
CCRC Seminar Series.
The Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) partners with a host of communities and organisations to support science-informed, equitable, and feasible solutions to the real climate challenges that they are facing. Climate mitigation is critical to avoid the worst of possible climate change outcomes, but change is clearly already impacting communities and businesses, and most of this impact is negative.
The ERI has been successful in even a conservative region of the US in helping communities deal with the real current and future climate challenges that they face. Our main approach is to provide extensive climate resilience toolkits, including analytical components and real case studies of climate resilience, coupled with a program where upper level and post-graduate students are placed within communities to help support resilience planning. This often starts with performing a Greenhouse Gas inventory, which ostensibly is designed to save money but also begins the process of adding climate action plan development, and implementation, in successive years.
This innovative program has just been continued with a $1.25M grant from a local family foundation, and further expansion into other regions and with other stakeholders is being actively pursued.
Speaker: Dr Gabriel Filippelli, Chancellor’s Professor of Earth Sciences and Executive Director of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute.
Dr. Gabriel FilippelliIndiana University Environmental Resilience Institute
Dr. Gabriel Filippelli is a Chancellor’s Professor of Earth Sciences and Executive Director of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute. Filippelli is a biogeochemist with broad training in climate change, exposure science, and environmental health. Filippelli has published broadly, including publications in Science, Nature and Geology as well as in specialty journals and in popular press. He has personally directed over $9M of research funding over his career. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the journal GeoHealth, published by the American Geophysical Union. Filippelli is a Fellow of the International Association of Geochemistry, a 2022 Fulbright Distinguished Chair, and former National Academy of Sciences Jefferson Science Fellow, where he served as a Senior Science Advisor for the U.S. Department of State