IU Vice President for Research Fred H. Cate offered the following statement today on President-elect Biden's nomination of Janet McCabe as incoming deputy director of the EPA.
“Janet McCabe is a team player, which we’ve seen under her leadership of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience institute. Janet knows how to build consensus, which has not only been valuable in her work at IU but will also be hugely valuable for our nation. We wish Janet well in her new role as deputy director of the Environmental Protection Agency and are deeply grateful for the extraordinary work she has done here at IU driving progress for our state. While Janet’s leadership, good humor and knowledge will be sincerely missed, we are heartened that ERI’s work can be an incredible resource moving forward – to use Janet’s own words – helping to inform science, policy and implementation.”
Recent Environmental Resilience Institute accomplishments include:
- Empowering Indiana teachers with tools to help students understand climate change in the second year of Educating for Environmental Change – winning the 2020 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for “extraordinary initiatives in protecting the environment”
- Working with staff at 11 local governments across Indiana to prepare Climate Action Plans through our Resilience Cohort Program, which will move from planning to implementation this year
- Conducting interdisciplinary research and publishing studies ranging from pandemic-related utility shut-offs for people of color to the effects of migratory bird patterns on disease transmission
- Launching the robust ERI Data Platform, enabling researchers from diverse disciplines to connect the dots and investigate the effects of environmental change
- Unveiling “The State of Nature,” a new exhibit at IU's Grunwald Gallery connecting visual art and natural artifacts to explore Indiana’s natural history