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The Environment Report
Tue August 20, 2013
Helping Michigan cities plan for a warmer future
Cities in the Great Lakes region are trying to adapt to our changing climate.
Megan Hunter is the chief planning officer for the City of Flint.
“You know, we have to sort of think about how we can make ourselves more resilient for storms and unusual weather occurrences,” she says.
“We’re a city that is really stretched thin, we have very limited resources, so when we have an extreme weather event, it’s really hard for us to adapt with our limited finances.”
She says one of the things they have to think about is how to support vulnerable people in the city. That means things like creating more cooling centers during heat waves.
People like Megan Hunter are getting help from a project based at the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan. It’s called the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (GLAA-C).
That group teamed up with Headwaters Economics to create an interactive map. It shows how 225 counties in the Great Lakes region are being impacted by changes in the climate that have already happened. It draws on data about economics, infrastructure and vulnerable populations.
Beth Gibbons is GLAA-C’s project manager.
You can listen to the interview with Gibbons here: