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About the Georgetown Climate Center

The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the United States—policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change.

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The Georgetown Climate Center is part of Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C.

Led by Executive Director Vicki Arroyo and Faculty Director Professor Peter Byrne of Georgetown Law, the Center also seeks to ensure that national climate and energy policy is informed by lessons from existing state efforts and that national policies maintain an ongoing role for state innovation and implementation.

The Center performs a vital role in the development of policy by:

  • Connecting states and federal policymakers;
  • Analyzing legislative and regulatory developments and assisting with program design;
  • Sharing best practices and success stories with state and federal policymakers;
  • Serving as a resource to all states in addressing climate change and promoting a clean energy economy.

Based at Georgetown Law, the Center works extensively with government officials, academics, and an array of stakeholders to strengthen state and federal climate partnerships. The Center analyzes the provisions of federal policy relevant to states and territories, and encourages policymakers to learn from and adopt innovative policies emerging from the states.

To that end, the organization plays a key role in a number of state-based initiatives. For example, the Georgetown Climate Center serves as the convener of the Transportation and Climate Initiative — a collaboration that seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector across 11 states and the District of Columbia. The Center is a facilitator of the “Three Regions” process, which brings together representatives of the nation’s three regional climate and energy programs to discuss common issues and explore opportunities for joint action. The Georgetown Climate Center also coordinates the Governors’ Energy and Climate Coalition, a group of governors and U.S. territorial leaders who support federal action on climate policy and strong state roles.