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Catalyst Communities

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Catalyst Communities


Julie Staveland

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The Catalyst Communities Initiative is a comprehensive program to provide education, training, planning and technical resources to local governments as they work toward their sustainability goals.

This program offers an array of resources on various environmental, social, and economic topics to help communities across Michigan make a just transition to decarbonization. The Catalyst Communities Initiative aims to provide a range of options to meet communities wherever they are, regardless of geography, population size, or pre-existing knowledge.

Training Opportunities

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Technical Assistance

EGLE is partnering with 5 Lakes Energy to offer webinars and technical assistance to support local and tribal governments who seek to access new federal funding opportunities from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. 

Cohort of People


Catalyst Communities cohorts are group-based opportunities for Michigan communities to work together on a common, specific topic with the guidance of a facilitator. 

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Michigan has 1,856 local jurisdictions, ranging from the big cities to the small villages and townships, and each community may have different resources, staffing or departments they manage. Catalyst Communities webinars and events are free to communities, recorded and then posted online for future viewing, which takes out the constraints of time, travel and cost for communities.