The Great Lakes Clean Communities Network: Promoting Collaboration and Innovation in the Great Lakes

Laura Young
Michigan State University Institute of Water Research
Laura contributes significantly to a number of outreach and research initiatives at the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research. She currently co-leads outreach and communication efforts for the Institute’s Great Lakes Clean Communities Network and conducts trainings for the Great Lakes Watershed Management System among other activities. She also assists with software testing and provides user support for various tools developed at the IWR. Her research interests include evaluating environmental decision support systems and strategies for technology transfer and diffusion. She is also deeply committed to building leadership capacity and empowering communities and organizations in the Great Lakes.
Other presenters/researchers: 
Lois Wolfson, Michigan State University Institute of Water Research (MSU IWR); Jeremiah Asher, MSU IWR; Ken Freestone, MSU IWR; Jason Piwarski, MSU IWR; Shayna Petit, MSU IWR; Cliff Lampe, University of Michigan; Jon Bartholic, MSU IWR

The Great Lakes Clean Communities Network (GLCCN), funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund, is an online network designed to connect environmental professionals and organizations across the Great Lakes Basin to spur innovation and new ideas that will help address challenges facing the Great Lakes. The Network provides a common platform for sharing ideas, successes, and resources, as well as connecting individuals through groups and an interactive Great Lakes map. In addition, over 100 tools and resources are inventoried on the GLCCN that address various environmental issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution and climate change. The GLCCN also offers an “Ecological Scorecard,” which helps measure and track a community’s ecological health using 12 water and land indicators. Through collaboration and dynamic networking, watershed groups, sustainability managers, environmental organizations, local governments, lake associations, universities and others are able to build new and stronger partnerships, translate innovative ideas into powerful outcomes, and ultimately find better solutions for the Great Lakes.

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