Following a rigorous review process of more than 30 highly qualified proposals, the 2014 cohort of GLISA Climate Assessment Grant recipients has been selected, and it represents a diverse mix of engaged climate adaptation initiatives. This year’s projects span a breadth of interests and sectors, including agricultural adaptation, urban infrastructure resilience, low-income and vulnerable populations engagement, and adaptation planning with tribes and rural communities.

Over the next 12 months GLISA staff and researchers will work closely with these project teams to build successful projects that integrate climate information and resources into on the ground adaptation efforts. Representatives of these projects will convene in December to begin working with GLISA staff and researchers to successfully execute their projects.

We want to congratulate this year’s partners and thank all the applicants who submitted letters of interest and proposals. It is exciting to read and hear about all the great adaptation work taking place across our region. We look forward to continuing to support this important work. We also look forward to maintaining our existing partnerships, as well as building new ones.

Project Titles and Project Leads: 

Using Future Scenarios to Identify Potential Policies for Climate Change Adaptation along Lake Ontario
Katherine Bunting-Howarth, New York Sea Grant

On-Farm Water Recycling as an Adaptation Strategy for Drained Agricultural Land in the Western Lake Erie Basin
Dr. Jane Frankenberger, Purdue University

Sensitive Sites and Infrastructure Protocol
Nicola Crawhall, Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative

Implementing Forest and Water Climate Adaptation Solutions to Build the Resilience of Two Northwoods Communities
Deb Kleinman, Model Forest Policy Program

A Climate Change Risks Assessment and Adaptation Strategy for York Region, Ontario
Harris Switzman, Ontario Climate Consortium/Toronto Regional Conservation Authority

Ready & Resilient: Climate Preparedness in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Roopali Phadke, Macalester College