Historical and Projected Mean Daily Average Precipitation for Grand Rapids

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host a luncheon examining climate resilience in West Michigan on Monday, February 13 at the Grand Rapids Public Library, as the forum welcomes Jeff Andresen,  Professor and State Climatologist for Michigan at Michigan State University, as its February featured speaker.

Jeff Andresen is professor of meteorology/climatology and the State Climatologist for Michigan with Michigan State University’s Department of Geography. A native of the Quad Cities area of Iowa/Illinois, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University in the field of meteorology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University in the field of agricultural meteorology/climatology.

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Dr. Andresen has professional experience as an agricultural meteorologist with the National Weather Service and with the USDA’s World Agricultural Outlook Board in Washington, D.C., where he was involved in international crop/weather impact assessment and production estimation. He currently serves as director of MSU’s Agricultural Weather Office and associated extension/outreach activities, including Administration of the Michigan Automated Weather Network (MAWN), a network of automated weather stations designed to provide quality, detailed weather data to the state’s agricultural industry over the Internet.

andresen-image-2012WMSBF will introduce its recent work on climate resiliency with local organizations as part of its Climate Resiliency Framework Initiative. A partnership with the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program, the project is developing resources for organizations to conduct vulnerability assessments informed by predicted industry impacts and localized historical climate data and projections, and to establish systems to monitor and respond to identified threats and opportunities.Study participants include Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids Public Schools, restaurant chain Barfly Ventures, and pharmaceutical manufacturer Perrigo.

Andresen, the principal investigator for the Great Lakes Sciences and Assessments Program, which is funding the WMSBF project, will discuss climate change in the Great Lakes and West Michigan, and why communities and organizations should consider adaptation within their response to climate change and environmental programs.

The Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program (GLISA) is a partnership between the University of Michigan (U-M) and Michigan State University, housed in the U-M Graham Sustainability Institute’s Climate Center. As one of 10 regional centers in the nation supported by NOAA, GLISA builds capacity to manage risks from climate change and variability in the Great Lakes region.

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**This course is offering 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for GBCI & AIA (HSW) through WMSBF partner organization GreenHome Institute. Please note in registration if these CEU’s would be of interest to you.

February Membership Meeting
Monday, February 13
12 pm to 2 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library
Ryerson Auditorium, 3rd floor
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members

Tentative Agenda
12 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Welcome and Introductions
12:40 pm Climate Resiliency Framework Initiative
1:15 pm  Climate Change in Michigan and West Michigan
2 pm Adjourn

Parking: Free validated parking in the gated lot next to the Main Library.


In 30 years conditions in the Southwest Michigan Climate Division (green) will more resemble current conditions of the more southern climate divisions in blue.