Spring Resilience Summit


Spring Institute 2024


2024 Spring Resilience Summit

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

East Lansing Marriott

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Register by April 26, 2024 for the Early Bird rate!

Member Rate: $165 | Student Member Rate: $25 | Non Member Rate: $190

Municipal responses to mitigate the harmful impacts of climate-driven natural hazards are integral to creating safe and resilient communities, and to forging a future for Michigan that is equitable, sustainable, and welcoming.  The role of community planners – and their many partners – is an integral element of the myriad possible solutions.  From stormwater and flood plain management and nature-based solutions, to planning for infrastructure resilience, multi layered approaches, with a variety of stakeholder partners and professional disciplines - think planners, engineers, engagement experts, elected and appointed leaders, scientists and academics – will be necessary to fully address the challenges we face.

This year’s Michigan Association of Planning Spring Institute | Resilience Summit is offered in partnership with EGLE’s Coastal Management Program, and will highlight strategic solutions that, when implemented, will position municipal leaders with the tools they need to create truly resilient communities.

Highlights Include:

Oday Salim, JD, Director of the University of Michigan Law School's Environmental Law and Sustainability Clinic and Attorney for the National Wildlife Federation.  Mr. Salim will lift up the ways that environmental justice law has already shaped and may continue to shape, Great Lakes environmental protection and restoration. He will define environmental justice law, summarize its history, and go through Great Lakes case studies that illustrate how this legal framework alters decision-making regarding pollution control, natural resources management, and energy regulation.

Ki Baja, CFM, Director of Direct Support & Innovation, Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN). USDN staff have worked with partners and members across the country to develop the New and Improved (All) Hazard Mitigation Planning program. Hazard Mitigation Plans are typically “owned” and developed by city and/or county emergency management departments. They do not take into account climate change, equity, social & ecological justice, or sustainability. These plans provide communities with a fantastic opportunity to integrate sustainability, climate and equity initiatives and framing into a federally mandated document. 

The Watershed Game. The Watershed Game is an interactive tool that helps individuals understand the connection between land use, water quality, and resilience to community flooding. It's a great educational activity that can be used to build community awareness. Participants learn how a variety of land uses impact water and natural resources, increase their knowledge of best management practices (BMPs), and learn how their choices can prevent adverse impacts (limited to 25 players).

Other Session Topics

  • Planning for Infrastructure Resilience.
  • Stormwater and Flood Plain Management and Green Infrastructure
  • Active Learning Opportunities

Register Here

Register by April 26, 2024 for the Early Bird rate!

Member Rate: $165 | Student Member Rate: $25 | Non Member Rate: $190


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Financial assistance for this project is provided by the Michigan Coastal Management Program, Water  Resources Division, EGLE, with funding through the National Coastal Zone Management Program.