BLOOMINGTON - Indiana University has named former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official Janet McCabe as director of the Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative. McCabe is currently the assistant director of policy and implementation at the Environmental Resilience Institute. 

The initiative is the second project established through IU's Grand Challenges Program.

McCabe will direct the Environmental Resilience Institute in her new role and report to IU Vice President for Research Fred Cate. 

McCabe succeeds Ellen Ketterson, who will stay on as a science advisor to the Environmental Resilience Institute leadership team.

"We owe an extraordinary debt of gratitude to Ellen Ketterson for designing and launching the Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge," Cate said in a news release. "Ellen's vision and leadership have made the Environmental Resilience Institute the go-to provider of environmental data and research in our state. We are indeed fortunate to have as Ellen's successor someone with Janet's extensive expertise and state and national network. Janet is ideally suited to move the initiative forward, expanding ERI's efforts to partner Hoosier communities and businesses to deliver practical solutions to the environmental challenges we increasingly face."