The Council has one simple mission: To encourage and facilitate environmentally responsible economic growth. This has been accomplished by establishing a cooperative effort between the public and private sectors among the eight Great Lakes States, Ontario and Québec. Through the Council, Governors work collectively to ensure that the entire Great Lakes region is both economically sound and environmentally conscious in addressing today’s problems and tomorrow’s challenges.
The Council works directly for the eight Great Lakes Governors on projects and issues of common concern. The Council develops, implements, and coordinates project-specific initiatives to improve the region’s environment and economy.