Rural Michigan Initiative

Due to challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference has been postponed and will be rescheduled in 2022.

About Rural Michigan Initiative

A collaborative effort between Alma College and the Michigan Environmental Council, Rural Michigan Initiative is a forum for discussing local and regional environmental challenges. It aims to encourage citizens and policy makers to promote ecological health in the Great Lakes region and to restore economic stability to rural communities.

2021 Conference

Due to challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference has been postponed and will be rescheduled in 2022. We appreciate your interest in the Rural Michigan Initiative. This page will be updated with new information once it is available. Thank you for your patience. 

Rural Resilience and Environmental Health

Climate change, the pandemic, and a changing economy have revealed vulnerabilities in our rural communities that demand attention, consideration and action.

At this conference, we will explore the appropriate avenues for change – and how to garner the most input and support from our wider audience.

What does resilience look like in action? The following questions will drive our discussion.

  • How will rural communities adapt to a changing climate and changing economic and environmental trends/threats?
  • What are specific issues that must be considered related to infrastructure, sustainability and their relationship with overall public health?
  • How will the environment play an important role in determining how communities adapt – what are some specific issues we need to consider

Conference breakout sessions will focus on:

  • Water quality and tourism
  • Infrastructure
  • Environmental Justice

Questions

rmi@alma.edu

Murray Borrello
Environmental Studies Instructor
(989) 463-7191
borrello@alma.edu