Climate Migration Workshop: Preparing Receiving Communities

Bringing together researchers, stakeholders, rights holders and practitioners to predict and prepare for climate in-migration. Join us December 7 & 8.

We know climate migration will intensify as climate impacts worsen. But who will migrate? Where will those migrants go? And how will that migration affect people and livelihoods in both leaving communities and receiving communities? Join American Society of Adaptation Professionals and our collaborators to explore findings on these questions and consider how those findings can help receiving communities plan for socially just and environmentally responsible growth.


What can I expect from the workshop?

  • See presentations from climate and demography experts about methodologies for predicting climate migration
  • Hear perspectives and needs of stakeholders and rightsholders in potential climate-receiving communities in the Great Lakes region
  • Participate in thought-provoking discussions that center environmental justice and affected communities in climate in-migration planning
  • Have conversations with experts, peers, and potential collaborators that help you consider how to integrate climate migration into decision making

Questions? Contact Susan S. Ekoh at

Day 1 | Tuesday December 7th | 12:00-3:00p.m. ET

In-Migration Methodologies and Understanding Climate Receiving Regions

During this session you will hear about the climate in-migration methodologies developed through the New York State Climate Migration Methodology Accelerator, learn about potential migration into and out of the Great Lakes region and throughout New York State, and have an opportunity to network with other participants and experts in the field.

Methodologies for predicting housing needs due to climate migration into and throughout New York State.

  • Isaac Gendler: Utilities Engineer, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Ross Plattel: Urban Technology Researcher, University of Calgary, and The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology


Pushed, Pulled, or Stranded? Invisible Housing Immobility in the Climate Migration Conversation

  • Kelly Main: Executive Director, Buy-In Community Planning
  • Osamu Kumasaka: Community Action Director, Buy-In Community Planning


Integrating projections of future extreme/displacement-level events into an existing age-segmented, county-level migration model for the Great Lakes region.

  • Matt Hauer: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Florida State University
  • BJ Baule: Graduate Research Assistant, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments
  • Kim Channell: Climatologist, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments


Perspectives, challenges and data needs for climate in-migration in the Great Lakes Region

  • Susan S. Ekoh: Adaptation Fellow, American Society of Adaptation Professionals

Beth Gibbons, Executive Director, ASAP

Beth brings expertise with ASAP’s mission, its growing network of members and collaborators, and trends and opportunities to grow and strengthen the adaptation field. Beth is excited to help you paint a vision of the future for your firm, and identify concrete steps to stay on the leading edge of climate adaptation and resilience practice.

Kim Channell, Climatologist, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments

Kim Channell is a Climatologist with the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) team at the University of Michigan. In this role, she supports various GLISA projects and products tailoring climate information to meet the needs of their partners and stakeholders throughout the Great Lakes region. Her work includes facilitating scenario planning with practitioners and communities, developing regional climate summary products, and collaborating with cities to incorporate climate information into their municipal planning and decision-making.  She holds a Master's in Applied Climate from the University of Michigan's College of Engineering.

Alex de Sherbinin, Associate Director for Science Applications & Senior Research Scientist, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Earth Institute, Columbia Climate School

Alex de Sherbinin is the Associate Director for Science Applications and a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at the Columbia Climate School and its Earth Institute. Dr. de Sherbinin has written on a range of topics, including climate vulnerability mapping; climate change and migration; and urban climate vulnerability and resilience. He holds a PhD in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation from ITC at the University of Twente (Netherlands), and MA and BA degrees in geography from Syracuse University and Dartmouth College, respectively.

Day 2 | Wednesday December 8th | 12:00-3:00p.m. ET

Supporting Effective In-Migration Planning 

During these sessions, you’ll hear directly from practitioners, government staff, community leaders, business leaders, and researchers. You’ll learn about how climate in-migration is, and will be, influencing infrastructure, housing, and labor needs. You’ll come away being able to:

  • Identify ways to approach unresolved questions that have come up in climate migration research and practice.
  • Articulate the importance of centering affected communities in discussions about climate migration.
  • Describe important considerations for integrating in-migration information into decision-making.

Housing Needs to Support Climate In-Migration Panel

  • Laurie Schoeman, National Director, Resilience & Disaster Recovery, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Lauren Wang, Senior Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor's Office of Climate Resiliency


Infrastructure Needs to Support Climate In-Migration Panel

  • Missy Stults, Sustainability and Innovations Manager, City of Ann Arbor
  • Kathy Bunting-Howarth, Associate Director, New York Sea Grant
  • Richard Ackerman, Director of Climate Equity, Detroit Eastside Community Network


Labor Perspectives Panel

  • Megan Dayton, Senior Demographer, Minnesota State Demographic Center
  • Brian Pathum, Economist, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
  • Marty Gerencer, Executive Director, West Michigan Food Processing Association

Housing Perspectives

Laurie SchoemanNational Director, Resilience and Disaster Recovery

Laurie is a deeply committed climate risk reduction leader. Laurie has led leading edge policy packages including passage of the nation’s first utility-sponsored environmental justice "do no harm" mandate and climate adaptation policies with agencies and utilities in New York. She currently chair’s the New York State Adaptation Task Force for Buildings and advises a range of agencies/organizations on housing resilience, adaptation and mitigation including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), International Code Council (ICC), Fannie Mae, US Department of Energy (USDOE) and US Department of Housing Urban Development (HUD).


Lauren E. Wang, Senior Policy Advisor, New York City Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency

Lauren E. Wang is a Senior Policy Advisor at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency. She advises climate policy and programs on housing mobility, land use, and equitable adaptation planning. She has collaborated with partners in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to design and deliver hurricane recovery and climate adaptation services to homeowners and renters across New York City and developed multiple long-term plans. Ms. Wang holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Princeton University.

Infrastructure Perspectives

Missy Stults, Sustainability and Innovations Manager, City of Ann Arbor

Dr. Missy Stults is the Sustainability and Innovations Manager for the City of Ann Arbor. She works with city operations, residents, businesses, the University of Michigan, and nonprofits to make Ann Arbor one of the most sustainable and equitable cities in America and to implement the A2ZERO Carbon Neutrality Plan. Previously, Missy was the Climate Director at ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. Missy has a PhD in urban resilience from the University of Michigan, a Masters in Climate and Society from Columbia University, and undergraduate degrees in Marine Biology and Environmental Science from the University of New England.


Ricky Ackerman, Sustainability and Innovations Manager, City of Ann Arbor

Ricky serves as the Director of Climate Equity for Eastside Community Network, a community development organization focused on the eastside of Detroit. While at ECN, Ricky has worked to engage residents around green stormwater infrastructure, air quality issues, resilience hubs, and other climate change-related topics. Prior to starting at ECN, he received his masters in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment. He began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador where he spent three years working on a range of sustainability projects.

Kathy Bunting-Howarth, Associate Director, New York Sea Grant

Katherine (Kathy) Bunting-Howarth is the Associate Director of New York Sea Grant and Assistant Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Bunting-Howarth serves on multiple boards and committees including the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS), Executive Council of the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, New York Water Resource Institute, Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council, Cornell Biological Field Station and the Chesapeake Bay Program Science and Technical Advisory Committee. She enjoys working with diverse groups of people to address complex concerns - from changing lake ecosystems to climate adaptation.

Labor Perspectives

Megan Dayton, Senior Demographer, Minnesota State Demographic Center

Megan Dayton is a Senior Demographer at Minnesota’s State Demographic Center. She is responsible for preparing demographic projections for the State of Minnesota, 13 Economic Development Regions, and 87 counties. Serving in this role, Megan is Minnesota's state representative to the Federal-State Cooperative Program for Population Projections (FSCPP) with the U.S. Census Bureau. Megan has hands-on knowledge of social and economic realities brought about by recent demographic shifts. Megan holds a master's degree in applied demography from the Center for Demography and Population Health at the Florida State University.

Brian Parthum, Economist, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments

Brian Parthum is an Economist with SEMCOG who has studied the Southeast Michigan economy for the last 20 years, primarily focusing on the region’s employment, labor force, and property tax base. He has a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Applied Economics from Eastern Michigan University.

Marty Gerencer, Executive Director, West Michigan Food Processing Association

Marty is the Executive Director of the West Michigan Food Processing Association (WMFPA). WMFPA supports the west Michigan food industry to progress on six pillar strategies; economic development education, incubation, logistics, healthy food processing, and sustainable practices.  Marty is also principal of Morse Marketing Connections, LLC (MMC), where she works with food companies and organizations connecting them to resources in healthy food and sustainable practices.  Prior to the launch of MMC, Marty spent over 20 years with Gerber Products Company and worked with cross-functional teams to implement collaborative approaches to business practices.

Rachel Perić, Executive Director, Welcoming America

Rachel Perić is Executive Director of Welcoming America. Inspired by her family’s refugee story and by the worldwide movement of welcomers, Rachel works to create communities where all residents – including immigrants and refugees – can thrive and belong. She has served as the organization’s deputy director and in other senior leadership roles, helping to grow Welcoming America from a startup to an award-winning organization with a global footprint. ​​Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Master's in Public Management from the University of Maryland.

Our Partners

This workshop is in connection and collaboration with a robust group of adaptation professionals, applied researchers, and end users, including demographers, climatologists, local, state, and tribal government officials, and industry representatives.

Thank you to our collaborators!

  • Matt Hauer, Florida State University
  • Missy Stults, City of Ann Arbor
  • Anna Marandi, National League of Cities
  • Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments
  • ASAP Climate Migration and Managed Retreat Member Led Interest Group

Thank you to our supporters!

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

NYSERDA works with stakeholders throughout New York including residents, business owners, developers, community leaders, local government officials, university researchers, utility representatives, investors, and entrepreneurs. NYSERDA partners with them to develop, invest, and foster the conditions that attract the private sector capital investment needed to expand New York’s clean energy economy, overcome barriers to using clean energy at a large-scale in New York, and enable New York’s communities and residents to benefit from energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments, a NOAA RISA Team

GLISA is one of eleven RISAs, which comprise a national network of centers focused on adaptation to climate change and variability. GLISA integrates information from a wide array of scientific fields, develops collaborations between entities with similar goals, and helps inform decision makers throughout the region with sound science. GLISA offers a unique approach to building climate literacy, long-term sustainability, and facilitating smart decision making across the eight Great Lakes states and the province of Ontario.