HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE ISLAND COMMUNITIES
The Great Lakes contain the largest, most diverse collection of freshwater islands in the world. Of the 32,000 islands, nearly twenty continue to host communities of people, typically a mix of year-round and seasonal residents and visitors.
While present-day island communities are uniquely distinct from one another in character, traditions, and geography, they share a number of complex, inter-related challenges, including: access to public services and quality education; supporting a diversified economy; managing natural, cultural, and historical resources across public and private boundaries; and changing demographics (size, age, seasonality, ownership, economic status, etc.).
These challenges are hurdles, not immovable barriers. In fact, some island communities have already independently developed their own “island solutions to island challenges.” Island communities are finding they often have more in common with one another than to their adjacent mainland. There is great value in islanders learning from other islanders about best practices that work, as well as those that don’t.
Visit the GLIA homepage here: http://www.glialliance.org/
Michael Childers – Madeline Island, WI (Steering Committee Chair, Great Lakes Islands Alliance): 608-576-8426
Matt Preisser (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy): 517-256-5276
The 2020 GLIA Summit host committee with representatives from Kelleys, Middle Bass, Pelee, and South Bass Islands seek sponsors and donors to support the 4th Annual Great Lakes Islands Summit!
The Stewardship Network serves as fiscal sponsor for gifts and donations.
By sponsoring this event you will help:
- Foster peer-to-peer connections between island communities
- Share innovative solutions to island specific challenges
- Participants learn from each other by sharing tools and case studies on topics including tourism and economic development, cultural and historical preservation, workforce housing, and environmental conservation.