Development of an Adaptation Toolkit for Resiliency Champions at Businesses and Institutions in the West Michigan Region

Previous work to facilitate shared understanding of diverse climate resiliency needs and perspectives among interdisciplinary stakeholders identified barriers to introducing climate science to strategic planning and decision-making within businesses and institutions. This project will develop resources for resiliency champions to lead organizations through a vulnerability assessment informed by predicted industry impacts and historical climate data and projections, and establish systems to monitor and respond to identified threats and opportunities, as well as communicate with internal and external stakeholders. The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (WMSBF) will accomplish this by guiding four representative organizations in the West Michigan area through such an assessment. These pilot cases will serve as illustrative examples to other organizations in their industry networks and the community in general, encouraging use of the adaptation toolkit and awareness of climate risk among relevant decision-makers.

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GLISA developed a custom Grand Rapids, MI climate summary of specific weather and climate thresholds that were identified by the business partners: Link to Summary Report