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.

Case Studies

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.

Infographics: For Your Use

The following infographics can be modified to fit your community's public education and outreach needs. Please email for infographic templates that can be edited in Adobe Illustrator (requests will be fulfilled in 24 hours or less on weekdays).

Download Infographics


Training Modules (Webinars)

View recordings of webinars on municipal climate adaptation via the YouTube playlist below.

View PDF versions of the presentations here:


GIS Resources

Click maps to view full-size image.

Climate Vulnerability and Green Infrastructure: Milwaukee, WI Metadata

Climate Vulnerability and Green Infrastructure in Milwuakee, WI

Cold Season Climate Vulnerability: Evanston, IL Metadata

Cold Season Climate Vulnerability in Evanston, IL