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Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit

September 13, 2018

The Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit (ERIT) is a publicly-accessible online tool designed primarily for communities of Indiana and midwestern states to assess, prepare for, and respond to “environmental change. ” ERIT has a special emphasis on Midwestern communities but includes resources for small to mid-sized communities in both rural and urban areas across the U. S. The toolkit includes case studies, adaptation strategies, adaptation planning tools, and potential funding sources.

Related Organizations: Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute

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An Equitable Water Future: Opportunities for the Great Lakes Region 

March 6, 2018

The U.S. Water Alliance has investigated water assets and systems in the Great Lakes region, and the equitable management of these assets. The report describes climate change impacts on water resources, along with other equity issues such as failing infrastructure, affordability, and workforce inclusion. Opportunities for the region to adapt the water sector, and detailed strategies provide a framework for making these water systems more inclusive.

Related Organizations: U.S. Water Alliance

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Coastal Hazards Planning Guidance for Indiana Coastal Communities

July 2016

Developed under Indiana’s Lake Michigan Coastal Program, Coastal Hazards Planning Guidance for Indiana Coastal Communities provides information for local governments about coastal hazards and planning techniques. The report describes various coastal hazards for the Great Lakes and the state of hazard planning for each of Indiana’s shoreline communities. The guide also reviews many coastal hazard model ordinance provisions, and steps to developing new ordinances from these models.

Related Organizations: Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grants

June 5, 2015

In June 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Shoreline Cities grants totaling more than more than $1.8 million to fund green infrastructure projects to improve water quality in 11 cities across the Great Lakes Basin.  

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Socioeconomics and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region Atlas

March 2015

This tool is an interactive map that shows how the social and economic characteristics in the Great Lakes Region are impacted by climate change to the county level. It was developed by Headwater Economics in partnership with the University of Michigan.

Related Organizations: University of Michigan, Headwaters Economics

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Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change and Economic Risk in the U.S.

January 23, 2015

From the Risky Business Project, “Heat in the Heartland” details how extreme heat from unmitigated climate change could transform the Midwest's communities and economy. This assessment defines the range of potential economic consequences on agriculture and businesses, as well as discusses the related impacts on labor productivity, livestock, energy use, public health, crime, fresh water supply and tourism. The report concludes that the most severe risks can still be avoided through early investments in resilience and immediate action to mitigate global warming.

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NOAA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Climate Projects

2015

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was launched in 2010 to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes system. A collaborative between federal agencies and Great Lakes region communities, the Initiative strategically targets the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem, including climate change adaptation and resiliency.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Central Hardwoods Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework Project

February 2014

This report was prepared by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework Project in conjunction with the Northern Research Station of the U. S. Forest Service (USFS). Assessing the ecosystem vulnerability to climate change of nine natural community types in the Central Hardwoods Region, the document uses forest model projections and projections for wildfires, invasive species, and diseases. This assessment evaluates the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems in the Central Hardwoods Region of Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri to a range of future climates.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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Midwest Climate Hub

2014

The USDA Regional Climate Hubs offer climate adaptation tools, strategies management options, and technical support to farmers, ranchers and forest land owners. The Hubs direct land managers to USDA agencies that can provide program support to enable them to implement climate-informed management practices. The Midwest Climate Hub works with the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Great Lakes Green Streets Guidebook

August 2013

This guidebook, published by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), provides examples of roadways projects within the Great Lakes Watershed that utilize green infrastructure methods to improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff. Developed as a complement to the Low Impact Development Manual for Michigan, the guidebook offers support to municipalities interested in planning, designing, and constructing green streets.

Related Organizations: Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)

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