CIGLR’s Engagement, Career Training and Outreach & Communications (ECO) Program facilitates the transfer of Great Lakes research and knowledge into actionable science.
Engagement - Support informed decision making
Engagement – Support informed decision making by advising local, state, and federal policymakers and elected officials about the importance of the Great Lakes’ ecosystem services for national security and prosperity. CIGLR aims to take a leadership role in guiding the wise management and protection of the Great Lakes by translating research findings, providing NOAA’s tools and data products, and identifying critical research needs to key Great Lakes decision makers.
- Great Lakes Day: an annual event held in Washington D.C.
- Great Lakes advocacy
- Congressional visits
- Summits and Working Groups
- Great Lakes research visioning
- Co-designed research
Career Training - Promote a skilled and diverse workforce
Career Training – Promote a skilled and diverse workforce by providing career training for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows who will become the next generation of Great Lakes and NOAA scientists. Since 2008, we have provided research opportunities to more than 580 students and postdocs.
Outreach & Communications - Advance environmental literacy
Outreach & Communications – Advance environmental literacy by communicating the value, importance, and usefulness of NOAA’s Great Lakes research to the general public at local, state, and regional levels. We work with our University Partners and the NOAA Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team to expand our outreach efforts across the basin.