Spring Resilience Summit


Spring Institute 2024


2024 Spring Resilience Summit

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

East Lansing Marriott

Summit Agenda


Member Rate: $185 | Student Member Rate: $25 | Non Member Rate: $210

Municipal responses to mitigate the harmful impacts of climate-driven natural hazards are integral to creating safe and resilient communities, and to forging a future for Michigan that is equitable, sustainable, and welcoming.  The role of community planners – and their many partners – is an integral element of the myriad possible solutions.  From stormwater and flood plain management and nature-based solutions, to planning for infrastructure resilience, multi layered approaches, with a variety of stakeholder partners and professional disciplines - think planners, engineers, engagement experts, elected and appointed leaders, scientists and academics – will be necessary to fully address the challenges we face.

This year’s Michigan Association of Planning Spring Institute | Resilience Summit is offered in partnership with EGLE’s Coastal Management Program, and will highlight strategic solutions that, when implemented, will position municipal leaders with the tools they need to create truly resilient communities.

Highlights Include:

Oday Salim, Director of the University of Michigan Law School's Environmental Law and Sustainability Clinic and Attorney for the National Wildlife Federation, will provide an environmental justice perspective on the history, present, and future of zoning and land use planning.

Ki Baja, CFM, Director of Direct Support & Innovation, Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN). USDN staff have worked with partners and members across the country to develop the New and Improved (All) Hazard Mitigation Planning program. These plans provide communities with a fantastic opportunity to integrate sustainability, climate and equity initiatives and framing into a federally mandated document. 

The Watershed Game. The Watershed Game is an interactive tool that helps individuals understand the connection between land use, water quality, and resilience to community flooding. It's a great educational activity that can be used to build community awareness. Participants learn how a variety of land uses impact water and natural resources, increase their knowledge of best management practices (BMPs), and learn how their choices can prevent adverse impacts (limited to 25 players).

Other Session Topics

  • Planning for Infrastructure Resilience.
  • Stormwater and Flood Plain Management and Green Infrastructure
  • Active Learning Opportunities


Member Rate: $185 | Student Member Rate: $25 | Non Member Rate: $210


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Financial assistance for this project is provided by the Michigan Coastal Management Program, Water  Resources Division, EGLE, with funding through the National Coastal Zone Management Program.