Cities Initiative Releases Statement on the Deep Geologic Repository (May 12, 2015)

Canadian Governor General David Johnston Awards Medallion to Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (May 7th, 2015)

2015 Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region Economy Profile Update, report prepared by World Business Chicago (PDF, 3MB, February 2015)

Press Release - Mayors Call for Accelerated Action to Protect Drinking Water from Toxic Algae (December 5th, 2014)

Press Release - Mayors call for immediate action to keep drinking water safe in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River (September 24, 2014)

City of Chicago Press Release - Mayor Emanuel to Call Water Quality Summit with Great Lakes Mayors (August 5, 2014)

Is your Municipality Storm-Ready? Article penned by Cities Initiative Deputy Director Nicola Crawhall and former Cities Initiative intern Jillian Martin, published in the August, 2014 edition of Municipal World

IJC Releases Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority Report titled: A Balanced Diet for Lake Erie: Reducing Phosphorus Loadings and Harmful Algal Blooms. 

Background and overview video of the LEEP Report

Cities, Ontario Tackle Great Lakes Resiliency to Climate Change Together – Press Release – January 17th, 2014


Mayors Press for Action on Microplastics - Press Release (October 29, 2013)


Great Lakes Funding Press Conference featuring Mayor Tom Barrett, Mayor John Dickert and Senator Tammy Baldwin – Video Recording (September 9th, 2013)

Cities Initiative and 6 Other Groups Urge Officials to Restore Funding for Great Lakes, Sewage Infrastructure – Press Release (September 5, 2013)

Cities Initiative and 6 Other Groups Urge Officials to Restore Funding for Great Lakes, Sewage Infrastructure - Letter (September 5, 2013)

Mayor Hobbs Expresses Concern Over Water Diversions (CBC News, July 11, 2013)

Mayors Take on Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Challenges  - Press Release (June 19th, 2013)

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'Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors Respond to Upper Great Lakes Water Levels Study' - Press Release (April 26, 2013)

Cities Initiative Membership Tops the Century Mark!!  (March 20, 2013)

Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Economic Data: 4th Largest Economy in the World (February 25, 2013)

Mayors Write to President Obama and Prime Minister Harper on Great Lakes Water Level Concerns (February 15th, 2013)

National Design Award for Great Lakes and St. Lawrence 100-year Vision (January 17th, 2013)

Mayor George K. Heartwell of Grand Rapids presents at Taiwan Sustainable Cities Conference (December 10, 2012)

Asian Carp Public Form - November 8th - Toronto, Ontario

Climate Change Tool - October 31st Webinar: A Self-Assessment to Address Climate Change Readiness in Your Community (Minnesota Sea Grant)

Press Release: Mayors Support New Water Quality Agreement (September 7, 2012)

PRESS RELEASE: Mayors make 'Declaration on Water Sustainability' to protect water sustainability: Cities receive awards for water conservation, pollution prevention, sustainability (June 28th, 2012)

PRESS RELEASE: Ontario, Cities Initiative Renew Great Lakes Memorandum of Cooperation (June 24th, 2012)

Cities Initiative submits comments to International Joint Commission on new approach to managing water levels in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River System (June 15th, 2012)

PRESS RELEASE: Mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Welcome Ontario's Proposed Great Lakes Protection Act (June 7th, 2012)

Cities Initiative submits comments to Ontario Ministry of the Environment on proposed Great Lakes Protection Act legislation (April 10th, 2012)

"Great Lakes Mayors Meet with Ontario Minister of the Environment: Working Together to Protect the Great Lakes" (March 9th, 2012)



Cities Initiative Members Highlight Innovation in Climate Change and Infrastructure

ON February 28th, the Cities Initiative co-hosted a session on Climate Change and Infrastructure at the combined conference of Rural Ontario Municipalities and Ontario Good Roads.  The audience of over 200 municipal representatives heard about innovative work in: (presentations below)


Cities Initiative and Great Lakes Commission release report on Chicago Area Waterway - "Restoring the Natural Divide: Separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins in the Chicago Area Waterway System"  (January 31st, 2012)

Summary Report   (6mb)