This page provides an overview of the steps Michigan is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is actively addressing the adverse health impacts of climate change in Michigan.  In January 2011, MDCH released its first strategic climate adaptation plan, Climate and Health Adaptation 2010-2015 Strategic Plan, which focuses on three priority areas: heat events, air quality, and water quality and quantity. The plan identifies strategies for monitoring health impacts; leveraging and sharing of resources; and improving emergency planning for heat events. In September 2010, the MDCH received three years’ funding to implement this adaptation plan as part of the Climate Ready States and Cities Initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With the support from CDC, the MDCH has developed the Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Program (MICHAP).

In 2010, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources established and implemented a partnership for climate change adaptation (Memorandum of Understanding). The purpose of the MOU is to provide a framework for the two agencies to pursue research, planning, and implementation focused on climate adaptation.  The agencies agreed to coordinate on adaptation projects that involve shared political borders and resources between the two states, including the Upper Peninsula and Lakes Michigan and Superior. The MOU also commits the agencies to provide technical support for proper environmental and engineering evaluations, to develop climate action plans, and to pursue funding opportunities for climate adaptation.

The City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, included preparing for and managing local climate impacts in its Sustainability Plan for the years 2011-2015. Specific goals in the Grand Rapids plan include maintaining an adequate and safe water supply, improving the quality of the Grand River and its tributaries, and protecting and maintaining healthy ecosystems and habitat, among others.

Michigan's statewide adaptation planning is in progress.  Other resources from the Adaptation Clearinghouse, which have been developed by the state and localities to help communities prepare for climate change, are highlighted below.

(Research last updated June 30, 2014.)

The Georgetown Climate Center’s State Adaptation Progress Tracker, which tracks the progress of states in implementing their adaptation plans, is supported by the MacArthur Foundation. 



State Agency Plans

Resource Name Sector(s) Covered Date
Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Plan (MI-CHAP) 2010-2015 Strategic Plan Public health January 18, 2011
Michigan Climate Action Plan Agriculture and food, Energy, Forestry, Land use and built environment, Transportation March 2009

Local and Regional Plans

Resource Name Date
Detroit, Michigan Climate Action Plan October 24. 2017
Imagine Flint: Master Plan for a Sustainable Flint, Michigan October 28, 2013
City of Grand Rapids, Michigan Sustainability Plan: FY 2011-2015 April 2013

More Featured Resources

Resource Name Resource Category Date
Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Program Solutions 2013

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