An Indiana MBA and attorney, and now Ph.D. student, Felix Rippy has recently undertaken PhD studies through Indiana University (IU) and the SPEA program after Felix Rippy graduated second in his Kelley School of Business Class at IU Bloomington. In addition, Felix Rippy completed the Certificate in Public Management program at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, which has announced that several faculty members are leading the Prepared for Environmental Change initiative as part of IU Grand Challenges research program.
Felix Rippy notes that the IU Grand Challenges program seeks to address the most pressing issues facing the residents of Indiana. The Prepared for Environmental Change initiative seeks to help Indiana’s farmers, businesses, and communities prepare for the effects of climate change. These include heavy spring flooding and hotter summers, as well as less noticeable effects, such as altered migratory patterns and the spread of such diseases as Lyme disease and the Zika virus.
To mitigate the damage to Indiana’s public health system and agricultural production, 12 IU faculty will serve on the steering committee of the Prepared for Environmental Change initiative. The initiative will result in the creation of an Environmental Resilience Institute at the university to predict how these threats might impact the state and foster collaboration across multiple sectors to find solutions to the pressing challenges of environmental change. Felix Rippy fully supports this initiative and the SPEA school’s involvement with the government and business communities.