To take coordinated regional action to benefit the Great Lakes, state and provincial legislators must first understand the enormous value the lakes bring to the region’s ecology and economy, as well as the threats that could potentially harm the lakes. Educating legislators about the Great Lakes, therefore, is a major part of the GLLC’s mission.

The Caucus provides educational opportunities for its members and other legislators through annual meetings, web meetings throughout the year, and the biennial Patricia Birkholz Institute for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Policy.

The GLLC’s next scheduled events are a series of web-based sessions that are open to all and designed for state and provincial legislators, legislative staff, and other Great Lakes leaders — on February 25, March 4, March 11 and March 18.

Learn more and register here for these upcoming GLLC sessions »

Annual Meetings

The GLLC meets annually in locations that rotate among the 10 jurisdictions in the region. The meetings provide members with an opportunity to learn about key issues as well as to collaborate with their colleagues on Great Lakes-related policies.

Web Meetings

Web meetings make it possible for legislators to stay abreast of developments related to issues on the GLLC’s policy agenda throughout the year. Quarterly web meetings are scheduled on the first Fridays of March, June, September, and December. Additional web meetings are scheduled as needed.

Birkholz Institutes

A biennial event for the GLLC, the Birkholz Institutes bring together a small group of legislators to take a deep dive into an issue on the GLLC’s policy agenda and then to lead the Caucus’s work to take coordinated regional action on the issue. Information on the 2021 Birkholz Institute will be available in late 2020.

Event Sponsorships

To enable us to host these Caucus activities, we rely on support from charitable foundations and event sponsors. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of a future GLLC event, contact Lisa Janairo at