Sessions are sponsored by Michigan State University Extension and will be held at Oakland County Executive Office Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, MI 48328 from 6 to 9 p.m.

This series is made up of the following four sessions:

Thursday, April 3: CANCELLED. Content of this session will be presented as part of the April 14th session.

Monday, April 14: Climate Literacy/Trends & Wildlife Impacts:

  • Climate Literacy and Trends - The complex system that makes our planet capable of supporting life, clearly described; the important distinction between climate and weather; and past and future climate trends in the Great Lakes Region, all taught in a way that makes climate change relevant and interesting to Michiganders. Speakers: Daniel Brown, Research Associate, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA); Dr. Jeff Andresen, State Climatologist and Associate Professor, Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Geography; Claire Layman, Public Policy Education Specialist, Michigan State University Extension (MSUE).
  • Climate Change Impacts on Michigan's Wildlife Species - How species of birds, trees, mammals, fish and reptiles already are responding to a warmer, wetter, more climate-variable Michigan. Speaker: Dr. Brian Klatt, Director, Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI).

Monday, April 21: Social Implications of Changing Climate - Water scarcity and poor water quality, both in Michigan and in other parts of North America, will likely affect state and national water policy. Speaker: Dr. Patricia Norris, Guyer-Seevers Chair in Natural Resource Conservation, MSU, Department of Community Sustainability.

Monday, May 5: Climate Resilient Communities - How local units of government can improve community infrastructure to both adapt to and slow down climate change through the use of energy-efficient buildings, walkable neighborhoods, green spaces, and storm water management. Speakers: Wayne Beyea, Specialist and Instructor, School of Planning, Design and Construction, MSU; Rebecca Esselman, Watershed Planner, Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC).

Series Partners Include:
MSUE Climate Outreach Team
Great Lakes Integrated Sciences +  Assessments (GLISA)  
MSU Department of Geography    
Michigan Natural Features Inventory 
MSU Department of Community Sustainability 
Michigan Department of Community Health 
MSU School of Planning, Design, and Construction
Huron River Watershed Council

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information about the content of this series, please contact Bindu Bhakta at or Claire Layman at For questions about registering, please contact Linda Smith at 248-858-0887 or