GLAF 2018


The details of the Monday program are now available! Monday, September 24 will be for special interest group meetings, a student symposium with a career panel and networking event, and a reception for University of Michigan alumni. The special interest group meetings are invitation only and attendees will be contacted directly with more information. If you are interested in learning more about the Monday meetings, please contact Jenna Jorns ( for more information. Students interested in only attending the student symposium on Monday 9/24 can do so for free. To sign-up, email Sara Torres ( with name, school, program, and expected graduation year. Students planning to attend the entire Forum must register here

The formal Forum program will begin on Tuesday, September 25 and continue through Wednesday, September 26. Please see below for a detailed schedule for both days. The detailed agenda will be posted here soon with room assignments and session descriptions using the 'Sched' online platform. We will not have printed agendas at the Forum.

All Forum sessions, with the exception of the evening receptions, will be held at the Rackham building on the University of Michigan central campus at 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Please visit the Travel page for more information on the location. 

Session track themes have been designed with input from an Advisory Board to break down silos between sectors. This approach aims to create ample opportunities for practitioners to share best practices and lessons learned and to work jointly to produce solutions to the climate challenges facing our region.



MONDAY 24   |   TUESDAY 25   |  WEDNESDAY 26

Monday, September 24

10:00-4:00 Earl Lewis Room

USDN Innovation Fund Project Meeting
Convener: Headwaters Economics


Assembly Hall

Beverage service begins in Assembly Hall

1:00-2:30 Amphitheatre

Detroit Community Climate – What’s Working, What’s Needed, How to Take Climate Work to the Next Level
Convener: Freshwater Future


East Conference Room

Northeast Indigenous Climate Resilience Network Meeting
Convener: College of Menominee Sustainable Development Institute


West Conference Room

Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Annex 9 Extended Subcommittee Meeting
Conveners: Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


Assembly Hall




Student Career Panel
Convener: American Society of Adaptation Professionals


  • Luke Forrest, Michigan Municipal League
  • Beth Gibbons, American Society of Adaptation Professionals
  • Jennifer Lawson, City of Ann Arbor
  • Kate Madigan, Michigan Climate Action Network
  • Laura Rubin, Huron River Watershed Council
  • Ricky Rood, University of Michigan College of Engineering
  • Natalie Sampson, University of Michigan Dearborn

East Conference Room

Developing Opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Communities in the NCA Process
Convener: College of Menominee Sustainable Development Institute


Earl Lewis Room

Great Lakes Climate Adaptation Network (GLCAN) Meeting
Conveners: City of Ann Arbor, City of Cleveland


Arbor Brewing Company

Student Networking Reception
Details will be sent to students that register for the career panel. Please contact Sara Torres with questions ( 


Arbor Brewing Company

Reception for University of Michigan Alumni
Details will be sent to registered attendees that indicated their alumni status on their registration. 



Tuesday, September 25


Welcome plenary

Opening Remarks  |  Dr. Jonathan Overpeck, Dean, School for Environment & Sustainability, University of Michigan 
Keynote Address Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Professor, Haskell Indian Nations University



10:45-11:00 BREAK  
11:00 -12:15

Breakout 1

BEYOND BORDERS |  Feds Moving Forward Bigly on Adaptation  |  Convener: US EPA Region 5

FUNDING & FINANCE | What’s New in Adaptation Finance  |  Convener: Climate Resilience Consulting

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY |  Using Env. Senor Networks to Support Climate Adaptation Efforts at the Watershed Scale  |  Convener: Huron River Watershed Council 

LEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS  |  Lessons Learned from Climate Action Planning in Three Cities  |  Convener: University at Buffalo SUNY, Ohio State University 



Climate 101 & Ask a Climatologist  |  Convener: Great Lakes Integrated Sciences & Assessments (GLISA)

Growing the Climate Assessment Community: Early Career Leadership Opportunities  |  ConvenerConvener: U.S. Global Change Research Program



Presentation of Regional Adaptation Leadership Award  |  Convener: American Society of Adaptation Professionals

2:00-2:15 BREAK  

Breakout 2

BEYOND BORDERS |  Assessing Vulnerability and Defining Adaptive Measures for Forest and Wetland Ecosystems  |  Convener: Environment & Climate Change Canada, Chagrin River Watershed Partners

FUNDING & FINANCE Financing Resilient Water Infrastructure  |  Convener: Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Consulting and Technology Inc.

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGYResilience Buildings for a Changing Climate  |  Convener: University at Buffalo SUNY

LEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS  |  From Planning to Action: How Tribal Communities are Leading Resilience Efforts in the Region  |  Convener: Adaptation International 

3:30-3:45 BREAK  

Breakout 3

BEYOND BORDERS Eliminating Barriers: Low-cost Opportunities for Engaging Limited-resourced Communities in Climate Adaptation  |  Convener: City of Minneapolis, paleBLUEdot LLC

FUNDING & FINANCE GLISA’s Small Grants Program: Announcement of 2018 Competition and Highlights of Past Grantees  |  Convener: Great Lakes Integrated Sciences & Assessments

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGYOld Shoots, New Roots: Innovative Delivery of Adaptation Information and Tools in Forestry and Natural Resources  |  Convener: USDA Forest Services, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

LEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS  |  How Public Health Works at Multiple Levels to Protect Human Health from Climate Change  |  Convener: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

5:30-7:30* RECEPTION  

*Reception time tentative. Reception will be held at The Graduate Hotel, which is approximately 5 minutes walking distance from the conference venue.



Wednesday, September 26


Workshop 1

Introducing the North American Adaptation Evaluation Toolkit: Overview & Early Feedback Discussion about a New Online Tool to Support Evaluation of Adaptation Programs  |  Convener: School for Environment and Sustainability, The University of Michigan  

Building a Midwestern Resilience Index  |  Convener: Environmental Resilience Institute

Visualizing Climate, Physical, and Socioeconomic Data to Build Climate Resilience   |  Convener: Future Earth

Conserving Nature’s Stage: Building a Network to Sustain Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services  |  Convener: The Nature Conservancy



9:30-9:45 BREAK  

Workshop 2

Interactive Case Studies for Adaptation Exchange  |  Convener: Michigan Sustainability Cases, The University of Michigan

ERIT Workshop: The Place to go for Resilience Tools, Trainings, and Triumphs  |  Convener: Environmental Resilience Institute

Quiet Before the Storm: Innovation in Climate Change Adaptation Planning Workshops  |  Convener: The Field Museum

Enhancing Decision Making and Discoverability of Adaptation Information through Interoperability among Key Knowledge Brokers  |  Convener: EcoAdapt

10:45-11:00 BREAK  

Breakout 4

BEYOND BORDERSCollaborative Adaptation Planning: Protecting the Shared Environment through Tribal and Local/Regional Partnerships  |  Convener: Great Lakes Integrated Sciences & Assessments

FUNDING & FINANCE |   Catalyzing Local Adaptation: Bringing Private Capital to Resilience Investment  |  Convener: Four Twenty Seven

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGYFrom Fields to Forecasts: Participatory Practices for Engaging Farmers in Climate Conversations and Solutions  |  Convener: The Ohio State University, Michigan State University

LEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS  | Putting Leadership into Practice in Canada & the U.S.: Examples of Local Governments Adapting to Climate Change Amidst Shifting Policy Contexts |  Convener: Ontario Climate Consortium

12:15-1:30 LUNCH

Climate 101 & Ask a Climatologist  |  Convener: Great Lakes Integrated Sciences & Assessments (GLISA)

Climate Resilient Energy Systems  |  Convener: TBD



2:00-2:15 BREAK  

Breakout 5

BEYOND BORDERS Calumet Stormwater Collaborative: A Regional Model of Cross-jurisdictional Collaboration in Climate Resilience Planning  |  Convener: Metropolitan Planning Council

FUNDING & FINANCE Walking the Talk: Creative Finance and Partnerships across the City of Ann Arbor: Part 1  |  Convener: City of Ann Arbor

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGYEnabling Climate & Social Vulnerability Assessment for Cities: Part 1  |  Convener: Huron River Watershed Council

LEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS  |  Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Contexts  |  Convener: University of Michigan School for Environment & Sustainability, Michigan State University Extension

3:30-3:45 BREAK  

Breakout 6

BEYOND BORDERS Great Lakes Design Labs: Designing with Change  |  Convener: University of Minnesota

FUNDING & FINANCE Walking the Talk: Creative Finance and Partnerships across the City of Ann Arbor: Part 1

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGYEnabling Climate & Social Vulnerability Assessment for Cities: Part 2  |  Convener: Huron River Watershed Council

LEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS  |  Climate Adaptation at the Neighborhood Level: Connecting Communities around the Region  |  Convener: Freshwater Future



Session Track Themes

Beyond Borders This track will focus on transboundary adaptation planning and action. It will highlight cooperation among the United States, Canada, and Indigenous Peoples; strategies for addressing multi-jurisdictional issues; establishing and advancing regional governance; innovative partnerships; and bridging local action to a larger scale.
Funding & Finance This track will highlight mechanisms for funding and financing adaptation action. It will address new funding and finance tools, and highlight creative uses of traditional tools. Sessions may cover topics such as emerging bond markets, pay-for-success financing, the role of insurance in advancing or constraining action, pay-for-service programs, how to find and approach funders and investors, crafting cost-effective solutions, and measuring the cost of inaction.
Leadership at all Levels This track will focus on stories that celebrate and inspire leadership at all levels of society - from students and youth to business leaders and elected officials. It will highlight the work of individuals and communities serving as champions for adaptation action, and lift up examples of leadership that has resulted in building power for underrepresented populations or engaging new and diverse stakeholder groups.
Technology & Innovation This track will showcase cutting-edge, transformative technologies and processes that are accelerating adaptation action. It will discuss how these technologies and processes can be improved, scaled, replicated, and transferred to communities that need them most.