Climate Change Lesson 13 : Community Conversation

Ann Arbor Climate Action Plan

The Ann Arbor Climate Action Plan identifies measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet established short term goals for 2015, sets mid and long-range emission reduction targets for future years, evaluates existing climate protection activities and findings, including the 2003 University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment emission reductions strategy report, and provides input and recommendations for disseminating the findings of the Plan and gaining input, including website content and organization. Retrieved December 20, 2011, from systems_planning/energy/Pages/ClimateProtection.aspx

Center for Climate Change Communication

The Center for Climate Change Communication out of George Mason University uses social science research methods – experiments, surveys, in-depth interviews and other methods – to find ways of effectively engaging the public and policy makers in the problem, and in considering and enacting solutions. Several of their reports are available on their website. Retrieved December 21, 2011, from

Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. One of their reports, Global Warming’s Six Americas, highlights what they have identified as six unique segments of the American public that each engage with the issue of global warming in their own distinct way. This report can be found on their website. Retrieved December 21, 2011, from

City of East Lansing Climate Sustainability Plan

The City of East Lansing Climate Sustainability Plan (CSP) was developed by the East Lansing Commission on the Environment (ELCOE) on behalf of the East Lansing City Council to identify and encourage community-based actions to improve the environment by reducing global warming pollution. Their climate sustainability plan is available on their website. Retrieved December 21, 2011, from

Climate Wisconsin

Climate Wisconsin is an educational multimedia project featuring stories of climate change. All stories are supported by research conducted in collaboration with the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts. There are several short video clips available, focusing on various perspectives in regards to climate change. Retrieved December 21, 2011, from

Communicating on Climate Change

The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting seeks to improve the clarity and accuracy of environmental reporting by providing science immersion opportunities for journalists. The Metcalf Institute put out the publication, Communicating on Climate Change: An Essential Resource for Journalists, Scientists, and Educators, which is available online. Retrieved January 24, 2013, from

Real Climate

RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. It aims to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion is restricted to scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or economic implications of the science. Retrieved December 21, 2011, from

Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Navigating an Uncertain Future

Published in 2012, this book by Thomas Dietz and David Bidwell (editors) addresses the challenge of preparing for climate change in the region, where decision makers from various sectors — government, agriculture, recreation, and tourism — must increasingly be aware of the need to incorporate climate change into their short- and long-term planning. The book chapters, which were written by some of the foremost climate change scholars in North America, outline the major trends in the climate of the Great Lakes region, how humans might cope with the uncertainty of climate change impacts, and examples of on-the-ground projects that have addressed these issues.

Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments Center (GLISA) Climate

The GLISA climate site serves as a portal for the collection of resources and resource narratives that support such problem solving initiatives. It has up-to-date information about climate change in the Great Lakes region. Look for their reports and fact sheets to supplement this lesson. Retrieved January 23, 2013, from

Grand Rapids Sustainability and Climate Plan

Grand Rapids seems to be focusing on mitigation as well although they say adaptation is part of the plan. What is interesting about GR is that the climate mitigation/adaptation is embedded in a sustainability plan. It is found at

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