Climate Ready Cities Toolkit
From 2014 to 2015, the Cities Initiative collaborated with NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), GLISA (Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments Center, University of Michigan), and graduate students from the School of Natural Resources and the Environment to study climate change adaptation in Great Lakes communities. The end product of this collaboration was a set of case studies and a toolkit of resource materials. The materials include a series of webinars, infographics and GIS maps that can be used as guides for other cities to illustrate vulnerability to climate change. The final materials are provided below. This project, along with the Best Practices Library, make up the MARS (Municipal Adaptation and Resiliency Services) program.
Graduate students from the University of Michigan worked with five GLSLCI member cities to assess climate adaptation and resiliency in their communities. The studies are linked below.
- Evanston, IL | Lake Michigan | Pop: 75,570
- Goderich, ON | Lake Huron | Pop: 7,521
- Milwaukee, WI | Lake Michigan | Pop: 599,164
- Niagara Region, ON | Lakes Ontario and Huron | Pop: 431,346
- Traverse City, MI | Lake Michigan | Pop: 15,018
Infographics: For Your Use
The following infographics can be modified to fit your community’s public education and outreach needs. Please email email@example.com for infographic templates that can be edited in Adobe Illustrator (requests will be fulfilled in 24 hours or less on weekdays).
- Climate Change and the Great Lakes Region [pdf]
- Climate Change and the Great Lakes Region – Greyscale [pdf]
- Climate Change in your Community – Template [pdf] (email for editable file)
- Climate Change in Evanston, IL [pdf]
- Climate Change in Evanston, IL – Greyscale [pdf]
Training Modules (Webinars)
View recordings of webinars on municipal climate adaptation via the YouTube playlist below.
View PDF versions of the presentations here:
- Introduction to Climate Change in the Great Lakes
- Climate Adaptation Fundamentals
- Legal and Financial Implications of Climate Change
- Climate Change and Social Vulnerability
- Climate Change and Water Systems in Municipalities
- Infrastructure Networks: Climate Change in Energy and Transportation Sectors
- Climate Change and Ports and Shoreline Management
Click maps to view full-size image.