Resilient Hoosier Communities

Resilient Hoosier Communities

Water quality, recreational land use, and local food systems are high on the list for the region—though these issues only scratch the surface of challenges and opportunities for rural Indiana. The center collaborates across the university with partners who work with Grand Challenge: Prepared for Environmental Change, the Environmental Resilience Institute, and the Ostrom Workshop on efforts that impact rural Indiana. One of the center's initiatives, Sustaining Hoosier Communities, works closely with community partners to connect IU faculty, students, and other resources to address resilience across environmental, economic, and social spheres.

Avoca Fish Hatchery

Sarah Murphy and her classmates focused on working with Lawrence County leaders to propose ways the Avoca Fish Hatchery can be preserved as a historical and cultural resource.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources decommissioned the hatchery after nearly 100 years of stocking Indiana's waters with fish so Professor Farmer's students worked with Lawrence County to distribute surveys to determine how the community wants to use the site.