Climate Change

Coastal damage along Lake Michigan will cost Illinois communities over $600 million to fix thanks to climate change

July 17, 2021 – WBBM 780 News Radio:  A survey of 12 Illinois cities, villages, and other jurisdictions along Lake Michigan showed that coastal damage from climate change will cost at least $608 million over the next five years.  Listen to the broadcast.

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors Denounce President Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Agreement on Climate Change

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a coalition representing 130 United States and Canadian mayors and their communities of over 17 million people, strongly denounce the decision of President Trump to back out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.  The decision is short sighted, ill… Read More

Join The Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative at the Climate Leadership Conference, March 1-3 in Chicago

Join us March 1-3 in Chicago to connect with the nation’s leaders on climate at the sixth annual Climate Leadership Conference (CLC). The CLC convenes around U.S. EPA’s prestigious Climate Leadership Awards, and brings climate, energy and sustainability professionals together to address climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions…. Read More

Cities Initiative Exec. Director talks Urban-Rural Partnerships

Cities Initiative Executive Director David Ullrich spoke at the Michigan Water Symposium on January 14, 2016. In his interview with Kirk Heinze of MLive, Ullrich discussed his experiences at the Paris Climate Summit for Local Leaders in early December and the importance of collaborative work between urban and rural stakeholders, saying, “there… Read More

What It’s Like to be in a Room with 446 Mayors: Dave Ullrich on COP21

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, and the second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb The 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change was held in Paris in December 2015. Among the activities scheduled was the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, which gathered… Read More

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Municipalities Act on Climate Change

Over the past few months, Cities Initiative staff have inventoried action on climate change by member municipalities in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region. Of our 119 members: 73 are taking action on climate change in some way 31 have implemented greenhouse gas reduction targets 17 have joined the Compact of Mayors,… Read More

Cities lead on climate action, GLSLCI partners with Compact of Mayors

The Cities Initiative is excited to partner with the Compact of Mayors, an organization created by Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, who serves as a Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The Compact demonstrates local government leadership in addressing… Read More