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MSU Extension collaboration and CDC initiative receives positive press coverage

The March 26 Marquette Area Climate and Health Adaptation Workshop, a multi-organization collaboration to discuss health and climate change issues, received positive press from Local 3 News and the Mining Journal last week. The workshop is one of three, and is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative. The goal of these workshops is to design interventions to address climate- and health-related issues in the area. Pat Crawford, associate professor in the School of Planning, Design and Construction, and Extension specialist Wayne Beyea are the co-principal investigators on this project.

The collaboration involves Michigan State University Extension, the Marquette County Climate Adaptation Task Force, the Marquette County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

“The project demonstrates how MSU Extension can help bring multidisciplinary teams together to solve problems,” said Wayne.

I’d like to send a huge thank you to Wayne, Pat, Marquette residents and all of our collaborators for coming together around this important initiative.

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MSU Extension to collaborate with GLISA to plan for climate variability

In one way or another, the extreme weather has affected all of us this past year. In particular, tree fruit growers lost more than 90 percent of their crop.

To help farmers cope with climate variability, a team of Michigan State University Extension specialists and educators has received funding from the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA). Extension specialists Wayne Beyea, Julie E. Doll and Claire Layman, professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Mark Skidmore and senior Extension educator Dean Solomon will collaborate with GLISA researchers, relevant decision makers and stakeholders in two Michigan local governments units.

They’ll work to incorporate climate variability and change adaption strategies into local land use master plans and policies. They’ll also create an assessment tool that can be used by other communities throughout Michigan.

Read about this project in more detail in this MSU Extension News article.

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