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Past Highlights

Vicki Arroyo delivered a TED-style talk at a March 31 event hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to share perspectives on the science, risks, and opportunities for developing sustainable infrastructure as communities prepare for Climate Change.

Arroyo was joined by Gavin Schmidt, a climatologist, climate modeler, and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and Monica Araya, director of Costa Rica Limpia and founder of Think Tank Nivela.



The Georgetown Climate Center, in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network, brought together city officials, environmental justice leaders, and state and federal partners for a two day workshop on equitable climate adaptation, with a focus on city-level action.

Participants worked together to identify the root causes of disproportionate climate-related risks for communities on the frontlines of climate change impacts. Workshop participants were challenged to reflect on their own planning processes and strategize ways that city and environmental justice leaders can take concrete steps to address unequal risks, increase diversity, community participation and leadership in adaptation planning.  Participants also discussed strategies for ensuring...

At a Washington DC event hosted by The New Republic Wednesday, Georgetown Climate Center Executive Director Vicki Arroyo discussed the significance of the Paris Agreement, shared examples of subnational leadership from COP21, and discussed what's next for climate action.

Arroyo was joined for "The Next Frontier of Climate Change" panel by Jacqui Patterson, director of the NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice Program; Steven Olikara, co-founder and president of...

During COP21, Georgetown hosted, coordinated, and participated in events on U.S.-China cooperation and North American state and provincial leadership on climate change.

The actions of states, cities, and other subnationals played an important role in setting the stage for the Paris Agreement reached at COP21 and will continue to play an important role in helping countries across the world take actions to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius. 

Below are summaries of the Georgetown events.

U.S. State Actions to Achieve Significant GHG Reduction (Dec. 10)...

Leading national security experts recently engaged in a dialogue about national security threats posed by climate change at Georgetown Law.

The March 20 event featured a keynote address by Alice Hill, senior director for resilience policy at the National Security Council, followed by a panel discussion about the climate change threats U.S. government agencies should prioritize and the greatest challenges to addressing these risks.

“The changes to our environment are a matter of National Security," Hill said.

Hill said the effects of climate change, like drought and flooding, can...

State leaders from Minnesota, Colorado, New York, and Washington discussed how their states are already reducing carbon pollution in the power sector at a U.S. Senate briefing, demonstrating different strategies that states can employ under the flexible framework proposed in the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Participating in the March 10 briefing were the following speakers:

  • Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center
  • David Thornton, assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Martha Rudolph, director of environmental programs for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Jared Snyder, assistant commissioner for air resources, climate change, and energy for the New...

The Georgetown Climate Center hosted its fifth dialogue among states, power companies, and NGOs recently to explore options for compliance under the Clean Power Plan, which will be finalized this summer.

Participants at the March 10 meeting reviewed key findings from recent modeling efforts and discussed different approaches that states could take to develop compliance plans. The agenda focused on opportunities, in either a rate- or mass-based context, for states to develop individual state plans that would leave open the option of interstate trading.

Previous convenings include:

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