Graham Sustainability Institute

GLAA-C's Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region Conference

Agenda & Presentations

Researchers and practitioners from the Great Lakes region and beyond gathered June 24-26, 2014 to learn about climate adaptation efforts in various sectors and across various scales, foster collaboration, and discuss next steps towards building better prepared communities and a resilient region. This event was held at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.The Conference was jointly organized by the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan, the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities, the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments, and the Kresge Foundation.


Featured Events:

  • National Climate Assessment Panel (June 24, 2014)
    Panelists included: Rosina Bierbaum (University of Michigan); Emily Cloyd (U.S. Global Change Research Program); Kathy Jacobs (University of Arizona); Marie O'Neill (University of Michigan); Don Scavia (University of Michigan)

  • Keynote Address: Joyce Coffee (June 24, 2014)
    Adaptation Implementation: Efforts to parlay research into action in three sectors
    Examining collateral benefits, the business case, and social questions as drivers for adaptation platforms

  • Adaptation Across Multiple Scales (June 25, 2014)
    Panelists included: Nicola Crawhall (The Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative); Mayor George Heartwell (City of Grand Rapids); Mayor John Heiftje (City of Ann Arbor); Kyle Whyte (Michigan State University)
    Moderator: Kathy Jacobs (University of Arizona)


For more information, please contact Ashlee Grace at


The Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region Conference is supported by: