Graham Sustainability Institute

White Papers Release

Monday, April 25, 2016

Six project teams produced white papers to share key findings and describe successful efforts have been posted to the GLISA website. The collection of papers represents the diversity of organizations and projects that received GLISA funding for 2015 projects. Descriptions of each of the six papers are below.

1. Macalester College’s Ready and Resilient: Climate Preparedness in Saint Paul project team built upon its previous work with GLISA to “increase the capacity of Saint Paul residents to act in the face of climate change.” Competitive grants supported community-based adaptation projects in local neighborhoods. The Macalester team identified the value of local knowledge as essential to the project’s success. View Project Report (PDF)

2. New York Sea Grant’s project team used scenario planning and drafted climate change recommendations to include in the Lake Ontario Lake-wide Action and Management Plan. Engaging with different stakeholders through a series of workshops, the project team said it was “delighted with the number of recommended actions, the breadth of the types of actions, and in particular the identification of those win-win actions that are useful in the face of uncertainty.” View Project Report (PDF)

3. Model Forest Policy Program’s project team worked to increase adaptive capacity in two Northwoods communities. They synthesized and translated climate science for key stakeholders to support adaptation planning. The Forest Policy team recommends that climate science be accompanied by local direct observations and that the integration of climate in the planning process needs more time or to be relevant to the region’s more immediate needs. View Project Report (PDF)

4. Purdue’s project team documented the methodology used for on-farm water recycling as an adaptation strategy for drained agricultural land. Using models, the team conducted interviews with practitioners to understand the feasibility of this technology as an adaptation strategy. The project team acknowledged that this project led to securing a USDA National Institutes of Food and Agriculture grant to continue this research. View Project Report (PDF)

5. The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority project team developed a framework for ongoing risk and vulnerability assessment, and adaptive management/resiliency planning in the York region. One key takeaway was local municipalities perceive lack of climate information to be a barrier to initiating risk assessment. However, they are comfortable discussing extreme weather that has already impacted the region. View Project Report (PDF)

6. The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative project team developed a tool to evaluate and address vulnerability of critical infrastructure to climate change and extreme weather. The team used Gary, Indiana as the pilot for this project, and expects to share the new tool with additional Cities Initiative members and others. View Project Report (PDF)

There are more takeaways and insights about each of the projects in the white papers. The white papers are meant to serve as resources for other organizations and project teams to use as they integrate climate change into their work.

Learn more: 2015 White Papers – Lessons Learned