Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Mayors Protecting and Restoring the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River

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Monarch Conservation in America’s Cities: A Solutions Guide for Municipal Leaders

National Wildlife Federation's Monarch Conservation in America's Cities: A Solutions Guide for Municipal Leaders is for mayors, local government chief executives, municipal staff and others that want to take action to help save the declining monarch butterfly in their community. This guide provides case studies and shares innovative best practices that can be replicated by municipalities across the nation. It includes model language for proclamations, ordinances and other best practices. By learning from one another and understanding what has worked (and what hasn’t) cities can more effectively and more quickly take action and make a difference for the monarch. If your municipality has a model monarch butterfly conservation program or initiative, please contact NWF at mayorsmonarchpledge@nwf.org. For local government executives interested in pledging their commitment to monarch butterfly conservation, check out and sign NWF's Mayors' Monarch Pledge.

ClearPath (ICLEI Energy and Emissions management tool)

“ClearPath is a powerful, advanced web application for energy and emissions management. As a cloud-based tool, it’s easier than ever to store your data, collaborate with colleagues, and use new features as soon as they are available. With hundreds of users, ClearPath is the most widely-used software tool for managing local climate mitigation efforts.”

Ontario Climate Consortium Climate Research Network

The Ontario Climate Consortium Climate Research Network represents a distributed network of scientists and researchers from across Ontario. The database of researchers provides a tool for individuals and organizations in the private and public sector to seek out researchers and experts with climate change expertise in various disciplines. This database also provides the ability for researchers themselves to seek out colleagues and collaborators to address interdisciplinary research challenges.

Mapping Socioeconomics and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

Developed in partnership with the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (GLAA-C) at the University of Michigan,Mapping Demographics and Climate Change – Socioeconomics and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region is an interactive map showing how the social and economic characteristics of the Great Lakes Region are impacted by regionally specific changes in climate. The map features statistical information on over 225 counties throughout the Great Lakes region.The site includes maps for Economy, Infrastructure and Vulnerable Populations.

Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide

The Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide is a new resource aimed at connecting planners and coastal, floodplain and stormwater managers with the tools and data they need to account for natural hazards and climate change in the Great Lakes.  This resource will help Great Lakes counties and municipalities communicate coastal issues and inform existing and future land use, infrastructure, and natural resource plans and policies to enhance community resilience.

Assessing the Hydrologic Impacts of Climate Change Training Tool

Created by the Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative on Drinking Water Source Protection, Assessing the Hydrologic Impacts of Climate Change is a training program aimed at helping practitioners better understand climate change science and the potential effects of climate change on watershed hydrology and water resources.

Cities Impacts & Adaptation Tool (CIAT)

The Climate Impacts & Adaptation Tool (CIAT) is a climate adaptation planning support tool for decision makers at the city level in the Great Lakes Region of North America. It provides usable data such as demographics, socioeconomic data, and both current and projected climate trends. Using this information, the tool also identifies a custom network of climate peers whose current climate reflects how yours may look in the future. The CIAT also provides a searchable database of adaptation strategies pulled from existing climate action plans from across the country.

ADAPT (ICLEI climate change adaptation software)

“ADAPT is a cloud-based software application for managing local climate preparedness analysis and planning processes. It provides a convenient way to organize preparedness efforts, enabling local government staff to scope out a process, identify and manage stakeholders, and conduct vulnerability and risk assessments”.

National Stormwater Calculator

EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.

It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including

  • site developers,
  • landscape architects,
  • urban planners, and
  • homeowners.

The Calculator accesses several national databases that provide soil, topography, rainfall, and evaporation information for the chosen site.

NOAA Digital Coast

Digital Coast (NOAA Coastal Services Center) is a website that provides the coastal intelligence (e.g. data, tools, training, and stories) needed to conserve natural resources and make coastal communities more resilient. The Tools section of the website has links to 52 different tools to help address coastal issues, 11 of which are specific to climate adaptation.