The information below summarizes actions taken by Michigan to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Michigan has not adopted an official statewide adaptation plan, however, the state’s Climate Action Plan (adopted in 2009) calls for the development of an Adaptation Plan and state agencies have undertaken some efforts to assess climate vulnerabilities and identify adaptation strategies.
In November 2007, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm issued Executive Order No. 2007-42 establishing the Michigan Climate Action Council and calling for the development of a state Climate Action Plan. In March 2009, the Council released the Michigan Climate Action Plan focusing mainly on efforts the state can take to reduce carbon pollution, but also recognizing the risks that climate change will pose to the state and recommending the preparation of a statewide Climate Adaptation Strategy; however, no official adaptation plan has been adopted (as of August 2018).
Michigan state agencies have been creating plans to prepare for the impacts of climate change in specific sectors.
This page highlights the actions Michigan is taking to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Other resources from the Adaptation Clearinghouse, which have been developed and adopted to help Michigan prepare for the impacts of climate change, are featured in the chart below.
The Georgetown Climate Center’s State Adaptation Progress Tracker, which tracks the progress states are making in preparing for the impacts of climate change, was supported by the MacArthur Foundation.
(Research last updated: August 22, 2018).
|Resource Name||Sector(s) Covered||Date|
|Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Program Strategic Plan Update: 2016-2021||Public health||August 31, 2016|
|Michigan State Wildlife Action Plan (2015-2025)||Biodiversity and ecosystems, Fish and fisheries, Land management and conservation, Wildlife||2015|
|Michigan Climate Action Plan||Agriculture and food, Energy, Forestry, Land use and built environment, Transportation||March 2009|
|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|
|Resource Name||Resource Category||Date|
|Grand Rapids, Michigan Climate Resiliency Report||Assessments||December 2013|
|Adapting to Climate Change and Variability Marquette, Michigan||Assessments||September 2013|
|Changing Climate, Changing Wildlife: A Vulnerability Assessment of 400 Species of Greatest Conservation Need and Game Species in Michigan||Assessments||April 2013|
|Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Program||Solutions||2013|