A Watershed Moment: Climate Resiliency Report

In this week’s Watershed Moment, we spoke with WMEAC’s very own Nick Occhipinti, Policy & Community Advocacy Director. He talks about the recently published Climate Resiliency Report that was done in partnership with the city of Grand Rapids.

In 2012, Mayor Heartwell and the city were recognized by the U.S Conference of Mayors to fund the project. One of the first of its kind, the report focuses specifically on Grand Rapids and what types of seasonal changes we can expect.

“We interviewed 25 climate experts and really brought that local knowledge and put that on top of a climate model. The model projected temperature and precipitation for the city of Grand Rapids.”

Occhipinti says that according to the report, Grand Rapids will see more precipitation in the winter and spring but less in the summer.

“You can get a climate change report for the city of New York, one for the city of Chicago, and we wanted to go beyond that.”

“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life. Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Mondays at 8:30 a.m, and Thursdays and Sundays at 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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