The fellowships are the result of a partnership between the Office of Sustainability, LISC, the McKinney Family Foundation and the Marion County Public Health Department

INDIANAPOLIS – The Office of Sustainability announced today the creation of two Great Places INvision Resilience Fellowships. These fellowships were created as an outcome of “INvision Resiliency,” Indianapolis’ first-ever Climathon event.

Similar to a ‘civic hack,’ Climathons are 24-hour problem-solving workshops intended to connect the climate challenges of the world’s cities with the people who have the passion and ability to solve them. This year, Climathons were held in over 50 cities around the world on October 28th, 2016. Indianapolis was one of only three cities in the US to participate.

In Indianapolis, “INvision Resiliency” challenged participants to create a framework to help neighborhoods increase their capacity to thrive in a changing climate. Teams were tasked with developing neighborhood-scale solutions that repurposed resources readily available in Indianapolis neighborhoods, mitigated impacts from disasters and improved residents’ everyday quality of life.

After collaborating for 24 hours, INvision Resiliency teams presented to a panel of judges with expertise that ranged from urban resilience to community development. Rather than moving forward with a single winning idea, the judges incorporated aspects of several proposals to create the Great Places INvision Resilience Fellowships.

“I was inspired by the collective innovative power of our community that was demonstrated at INvision Resiliency, and I am proud of the partnership that has been sparked by their bright ideas,” said Katie Robinson, Director of the Office of Sustainability. “These fellowships, and the impact they will have on the Twin Aire and 25th & MLK neighborhoods, are proof of what becomes possible when Indianapolis comes together to face challenges head on.”

The Great Places INvision Resilience Fellows will be focused on integrating sustainability and climate resilience into the planning process for the two new Great Places neighborhoods – Twin Aire and 25th & MLK. The fellows will organize, inspire and motivate neighborhood stakeholders to engage in conversations around resilience in their respective Great Place, guiding a strategic planning process that will create vibrant, sustainable communities.

“In addition to transforming strategic neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture and commerce, the Great Places 2020 initiative helps neighbors build a future that is sustainable and resilient,” explained Michael Kaufmann, Co-Chair for the Great Places 2020 steering committee. “The fellowships will help ensure that Indianapolis neighborhoods are better able to anticipate, adapt and flourish in the face of change.”

The Great Places Resilience Fellows are funded by the McKinney Family Foundation and will be mentored by the Marion County Public Health Department. The City’s Office of Sustainability will provide technical assistance and support to the fellows’ efforts throughout their six-month tenure.

“The McKinney Family Foundation is committed to building an environmentally sustainable future for every Hooiser. We are pleased to partner with the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, LISC and the Marion County Health Department to empower the next generation of sustainability leaders,” stated Marni McKinney, the Board President of the McKinney Family Foundation.

To apply for the fellowship in the Twin Aire neighborhood, please contact Southeast Neighborhood Development, Inc. (SEND) at 317-634-5079 or

To apply for the fellowship in the 25th & MLK neighborhood, please contact Groundwork Indy at 317-737-2810 or