GLAF 2018

Program and Agenda

The deadline for session proposals was Friday, July 13. The Program Committee is reviewing submissions, and applicants will be notified in early August. This page will be updated with the agenda in August! Please contact Forum organizers with any questions. 

Forum Overview

Building off of the success of the 2014 and 2016 fora, the 2018 Great Lakes Adaptation Forum (GLAF) will bring together practitioners and scholars from across the Great Lakes region for three days of sharing strategies and approaches to climate adaptation in an engaged learning program. The Forum will support interactive sessions and be an opportunity for exchange between hundreds of researchers and professionals working on climate change adaptation at the local, state, and regional levels in the U.S. and Canada. The 2018 GLAF will focus on equity in climate adaptation and accelerating action.

Hosts, Advisory Board, and Program Committee

The 2018 GLAF is co-hosted by the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) and the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP). The Forum hosts are working with an Advisory Board for guidance on overall Forum direction and approach, and a Program Committee to develop the Forum agenda. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see the members of our Program Committee and Advisory Board. Information on sponsorship opportunities is available here.

Submission Guidelines

The 2018 GLAF Program Committee is accepting proposals for engaging sessions addressing the Forum’s focus on equity in climate adaptation and accelerating action. Proposed sessions must be submitted to one of the four session track themes, listed below. Sessions should be designed to achieve a specific learning goal - information, skills, or strategies attendees can apply in their work with an explicit explanation of how the session’s content is transferable and lessons learned. Successful proposals will articulate how adaptation can be effectively implemented and equitably shared.
 

For GLAF 2018, session track themes have been designed with input from an Advisory Board to break down silos between sectors. This approach aims to create ample opportunity for practitioners to share best practice, lessons learned and work jointly to produce solutions to the climate challenges facing our region.

 

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.

 

We will be arranging sessions in a progression that fosters continuity in the learning experience for Forum participants, and in some cases soliciting sessions that are well suited to a particular slot in the agenda. In particular, we will identify one session for each track that will serve as the introduction, setting the context for the sessions to come. We will also identify a concluding session for each track that can serve as an inspiring note on which to end. If you would like your session to be considered for the introduction or conclusion slot in a particular track, please indicate that by checking the appropriate box on the session submission form. Applications are being accepted for all session types and tracks, and applicants will have the opportunity to indicate the intended type. Sessions can take several forms, including, but not limited to:

  • Panel presentations: short individual presentations focused around a central theme, followed by a moderated discussion.
  • Training: teach participants how to use or apply a particular tool or resource
  • Workshops: interactive activities that explore a particular concept or skill (workshops requiring more than a single session can apply for two concurrent sessions in the ‘Session agenda’ portion of the form).
  • Working groups: small gatherings to exchange ideas or plan collaboration around a topic.
  • Individual presentations: single presentation on a publication or project to be grouped with other individual presentations to form a panel. (Sessions will be strongest if individual presentations share a theme. Applicants are encouraged to connect with colleagues to develop and submit a panel presentation session instead. Feel free to reach out to Forum organizers for help with this.)

Sessions are tentatively 90 minutes each, although this may shift slightly shorter or longer pending the final agenda. Each session can select an unlimited number of relevant sectors to be highlighted in the program, including but not limited to: architecture/engineering/construction, agriculture, business, cities, defense, education, energy, emergency response, extreme events, government (local), government (state), government (federal), Indigenous Peoples, infrastructure, natural resources, policy, public health, rural communities, tourism, transportation, water. 

Evaluation Criteria

All proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by members of the Program Committee. We encourage innovative proposals that incorporate equity and action and will benefit a wide adaptation practitioner audience across sectors. Proposals will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  1. Clarity and relevance: the proposed session is about adaptation to climate change, and connects to one or both conference themes (equity or accelerating action).
  2. Impacts and learning objectives: the proposal outlines clear learning objectives for attendees to apply the topic & lessons learned in their work, and is relevant across sectors.
  3. Agenda & feasibility: the proposed agenda is feasible in the time allotted and includes ample time for questions, discussion, and inclusive participation.

Applicants will have the opportunity to request permission to edit their submission after review before the agenda is finalized. This flexibility is intended to encourage session proposal submissions even if the session agenda or presenter list is not finalized. However, applicants should be as detailed as possible in their submissions.

Deadline

The submission period has now ended.

 

 

Program Committee Members: 

The Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) and the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) would like to recognize the following individuals for their invaluable assistance with reviewing session proposals and defining the program agenda.

Aaron Ferguson, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Lorraine Cameron, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Katherine Moore Powell, Chicago Field Museum

Lara Biggs, City of Evanston

Trish Koman, University of Michigan

Anna Haines, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Natalie Sampson, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Michael Lerner, University of Michigan

Glenn Milner, Ontario Climate Consortium

Frank Szollosi, National Wildlife Federation

Nicholas Rajkovich, University of Buffalo

Robin Clark, Intertribal Council of Michigan

Meredith Muth, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Kailey Marcinkowsky, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

Chris May, The Nature Conservancy

                    

 

Advisory Board Members: 

GLISA and ASAP would also like to recognize the following individuals for their indispensable guidance in the development of this year’s Great Lakes Adaptation Forum.

Jeff Andresen, Michigan State University

Ann Baughman, Freshwater Future

Lara Biggs, City of Evanston

Leslie Brandt, United States Forestry Service

Jeanne Brown, Northeast Climate Science Center, University of Massachusetts

Alex Bryan, United States Geological Service

Lorraine Cameron, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Victoria Campbell-Arvai, University of Michigan

Jennifer Carman, University of Michigan

Robin Clark, Intertribal Council of Michigan

Patrick Doran, Nature Conservancy

Al Douglas, Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation

Susan Fancy, University of Michigan

Aaron Ferguson, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Patty Gude, Headwaters Economics

Beth Hall, Midwest Regional Climate Center

Stephen Handler, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

Anna Haines, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Christopher Hoving, Michigan State University

Kumar Jensen, City of Evanston

Tom Johengen, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research

Scott Kalafatis, College of Menominee Nations

Branko Kerkez, University of Michigan

Trish Koman, University of Michigan

Wendy Leger, Environment Canada

Michael Lerner, University of Michigan, Department of Political Science

Kailey Marcinkowsky, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

Chris May, The Nature Conservancy

Jeff Mears, Oneida Nation

Jeff Meek, City of Indianapolis, Office of Sustainability

Glenn Milner, Ontario Climate Consortium

Suzanne Perdeaux, Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation

Katherine Moore Powell, Chicago Field Museum

Meredith Muth, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Matt Naud, City of Ann Arbor

Sascha Petersen, Adaptation International

Nicholas Rajkovich, University of Buffalo

Natalie Sampson, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Daniel Schoonmaker, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

Sara Smith, College of Menominee Nations

Missy Stults, Independent Consultant

Frank Szollosi, National Wildlife Federation

Dan Vimont, University of Wisconsin

Guy Williams, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice