Goals

This partnership project has two primary goals and associated objective

GOAL 1: To enhance capacity for regenerative social-ecological systems at the local and regional scales in the Lake Superior watershed.

This will be achieved by:

  • Supporting and strengthening existing sustainability-related teaching, research and action initiatives at university hubs (Lakehead University, Algoma University, and University of Minnesota-Duluth)
  • Connecting the university hubs to share knowledge and experiences emerging from existing sustainability-related teaching, research and action initiatives; and,
  • Establishing new collaborative sustainability-related teaching, research and action initiatives.
  • Working with Indigenous Partners in all project developments.

GOAL 2: To identify tools and processes for learning and working together to respond to sustainability related challenges at the local and regional scales in the Lake Superior watershed

This will be achieved by:

  • Strengthening existing partnerships between academic and community partners within and between university hubs;
  • Building new partnerships across the Lake Superior Watershed; and
  • Enhancing governance structures to ensure equitable and meaningful long-term partnerships.

Intended Outcomes

The primary outcome of this partnership project will be the establishment of the Lake Superior Living Lab Network (LSLLN). By bringing together new and existing academic and community partners in the Lake Superior watershed we will increase the impact of sustainability related teaching, research, and action with a focus on issues at the nexus of water and land, climate and energy, and individual and community well-being. The LSLLN will enhance the capacity of each university hub to take leadership on sustainability initiatives at the local level by learning from each other, while developing new collaborative initiatives thereby enhancing regenerative social-ecological systems at the local and regional scales in the Lake Superior watershed.