Funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF), ECT founded and has led Resilient Infrastructure & Sustainable Communities (RISC) since 2020. RISC is a cluster of public and private sector leaders focused on climate resiliency via delivery and finance of market-based green stormwater infrastructure across the Great Lakes region. Comprised of municipal, state, and federal climate resilience leaders, the cluster leverages its common network and shared experience. It offers a framework to lead to projects that improve water quality, climate resiliency, and positive socio-economic impacts. RISC is about scaling-up green stormwater infrastructure across the Great Lakes states.
RISC’s objectives include:
ECT has already attracted over twenty cities to the Cluster, including Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, South Bend, Grand Rapids, Southfield, Merrillville, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Ann Arbor. The team is also credited with over $100 M in green stormwater infrastructure investments in two communities.
RISC’s project team has published numerous thought leadership reports including:
For RISC, ECT’s teaming partners include Chicago-based The Delta Institute, London-based Climate Disclosure Project (CDP), Chicago-based Center for Neighborhood Technology, Bay-area based HIP Invester, and Ann Arbor area based American Society of Adaptation Professionals, among others.