The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative’s Programs and Initiatives provide resources to cities, ranging from implementing green infrastructure to creating avenues for cities to weigh in on bi-national issues. Recent initiatives include:
- Municipal Adaptation and Resiliency Services (MARS): Resources and trainings on climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies for cities
- Green CiTTS – Green Cities Transforming Towards Sustainability: Provides support for Green Infrastructure through trainings, funding, and sharing best practices among cities. Includes the sub-initiatives of Sustainable Municipal Water Management, Stormwater Management, and the Water Conservation Framework.
- Invasive Species – Asian Carp: Cities Initiative staff participate in the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) Advisory Committee and advocate for a physical separation of the CAWS and the Great Lakes on behalf of the membership.
- Microplastics: Information and resources on microplastics in the Great Lakes. Cities Initiative staff provided a sample resolution for member cities to pass in their own municipalities. The membership as a whole passed a resolution in support of banning microbeads, which amplified the state, provincial and federal voices advocating for action on this issue.