Catalyst Communities Program Aims to Help Local Officials Deal with Climate Change

The Catalyst Communities program has been established by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The program will provide local public health officials with education, training, and planning, as well as technical resources as they deal with climate impacts on emergency response and public health.

EGLE Director Liesl Clark said, “The impact of climate change is real. We’re seeing it in our pink skies from West Coast wildfires and in mosquito-borne diseases as well as severe weather that is made worse by high lake levels.” 

The program is a series of online classes for local officials. Sign up begins now for the program that starts in November. The topics covered include Emergency Preparedness, Adaptation Planning Resources, Economic Resilience, and Integrating Equity. After successfully completing the sessions, attendees will be better equipped to prepare their communities for potential climate impacts, according to EGLE. 

More information about Catalyst Communities can be found at

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland