Who We Are

Our Mission

ND-GAIN, part of the Climate Change Adaptation program of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, is focused on building resilience to climate change as a key component to better prepare humans and their environment for the coming century. Our mission is to enhance the world’s understanding of the importance of adaptation and facilitate private and public investments in vulnerable communities. The Index moved to the University of Notre Dame in April 2013.

 

The University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative

The University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI), tackles the interrelated problems of invasive species, land use, and climate change, focusing on their synergistic impacts on water resources. ND-ECI strives to provide solutions that minimize the trade-offs between human welfare and environmental health where trade-offs are unavoidable, and to discover win-win solutions where they are possible. With approximately 40 affiliated faculty members who have a wide array of expertise, ND-ECI embodies the vision of “science serving society,” in which scholars from science, engineering, social sciences, humanities and policy contribute objective analysis, motivated by a passionate commitment to translational research, that serves nature and humans.

 
 

Our Funding

The University of Notre Dame received a four-year $2M gift from the Natural Gas Partners Foundation in April 2013.

The NGP gift included the Global Adaptation Institutes intellectual assets, including the Index and website. The University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative contributes to ND-GAIN’s budget, and the University of Notre Dame supports ND-GAIN in-kind.  

The Global Adaptation Initiative received foundation funding from the Templeton Foundation, and ND-GAIN received foundation funding from the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and the Kresge Foundation. ND-GAIN is actively seeking corporate, foundation and government partners to collaborate with us on future work.

 

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