We are a growing and open network of people, organizations and institutions from the Great Lakes bioregion who care passionately about these remarkable bodies of water.

Great Lakes Commons was initiated and incubated as a project by  On The Commons. A number of organizations and individuals from the U.S., Canada, and First Nations provided leadership and guidance from early on. These include the Council of Canadians, Blue Mountain Center, Detroit People's Water Board, Vermont Law School Environmental Law Center, Blue Planet Project, FLOW for Water, and Food and Water Watch. Individuals who are key GLC collaborators are listed below.

Together we are environmentalists and scientists, recreationalists and teachers, urban and rural, Native and non-native, people of faith and artists, food growers and public health advocates — people like you who want to see the Lakes thrive for generations to come. 

We are united in a desire to insure that they have a vibrant future and share a commitment to the long term transformation of the care and governance of the Great Lakes. Leadership of the Great Lakes Commons reflects an unusual and promising alliance of people from across Nations, geography, ancestry and traditions. 

We welcome the participation of anyone committed to a vibrant future for the Lakes.

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Meet Our Team (2018)

Our work is made possible by the support and generosity of the Park Foundation. We are also thankful to Milwaukee Environmental Consortium for their guidance and administrative support.

The Commission For Environmental Cooperation's North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action program has provided project support to develop resources and tools for commoning in the Great Lakes.

Early Collaborators

Photo by  Eddie Daniel

Photo by Eddie Daniel

Generous support for 2019 provided by:


The Park Foundation

Our community donors