Great Lakes Protection and Restoration
The Conference is spearheading regional efforts to protect and restore our Great LakesMore »
Water ManagementThe Conference is helping to keep the lakes at healthy levels and ensuring the sustainable use of the world's largest source of surface fresh water. More »
Aquatic Invasive Species
The Conference is working aggressively to combat the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as the Asian Carp. More »
The Conference is promoting exports from our region's small and medium sized companies through a network of foreign trade offices and missions . More »
The Conference is helping to support and grow our $5 trillion regional economy. More »
The Conference is working to improve and foster reinvestment in the regional maritime transportation system. More »
The Great Lakes USA partnership markets the region to visitors from the United Kingdom and German-speaking countries. View Site »
Great Lakes Protection Fund
In 1989, the Governors formed the Great Lakes Protection Fund. As the nation's first multi-State, not-for-profit, environmental endowment, the Fund issues grants to support regional collaborative efforts focusing on enhancing the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The member States also receive Fund monies through State shares based on their original contribution to the Fund. View Site »
For further information on past projects, please contact the Conference staff.
The Auto Project
As part of the Great Lakes Governors' Pollution Prevention Challenge, the Governors helped prevent automotive pollution through a voluntary partnership.
The Brownfields Project
The Great Lakes Governors accelerated State land re-use programs with regional unity and focus.
Great Lakes Biomass State Regional Partnership
The Governors encouraged greater production and use of biomass for energy generation. The partnership was administered under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy from 1983-2009.
Great Lakes Recycle
The Governors created a partnership to promote the use of recycled materials.
Great Lakes Water Quality Initiative
The Pioneering Partners Foundation
The Governors brought together teachers who had successfully employed technology in the classroom and provided them with grant funding, specialized training, and on-going support to spread their technology-based innovations to their peers and the region’s students.
The Great Printers Project
The Governors developed tools, beyond permits and inspections, to help the printing industry meet environmental goals.
Spill Protection Initiative
The Governors created a partnership among the Sates and five major oil companies--Amoco, BP America, Marathon, Mobil, and Sun Oil--to better prevent and respond to oil spills.
Water Conservation and Efficiency Initiative
The Council of Great Lakes Governors developed recommendations for the first Basin-wide goals and objectives for water conservation and efficiency.
Water Resources Managers Initiative
The Council of Great Lakes Governors created a resource kit, available here, for water managers with practical information for assessing individual and cumulative impacts of water uses. The Council also developed a regional process and tools for performing Basin-wide cumulative water use impact assessments.
Water Use Information Initiative
The Council of Great Lakes Governors identified improvements for collecting, sharing and using regional water use information. The Great Lakes States, Ontario and Québec are continuing to work to ensure that high-quality water use information is being collected, made publicly available and used to inform management decisions.
Workforce Quality Initiative
The Governors developed the Great Lakes Guarantee--a portable, regional endorsement of State or national industry skill standards.