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Single State Clean Power Plan Compliance Approaches with Interstate ElementsMay 28, 2015

The Georgetown Climate Center has released a policy brief providing an overview of considerations for single-state Clean Power Plan compliance plans that would allow for the option of interstate...

An Overview of Potential Clean Power Plan Compliance PathwaysJanuary 14, 2015

The Georgetown Climate Center has released a policy brief highlighting potential approaches that states could use to comply with the EPA's...

States Voice Strong Support for EPA’s Proposed Clean Power PlanDecember 1, 2014

In a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy,...

Summary of the EPA's Notice of Data Availability for the Clean Power PlanNovember 6, 2014

This document provides a summary of EPA’s Notice of Data Availability...

Charging Ahead – Options for Policymakers Regarding the Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging MarketsJune 17, 2014

This paper provides an overview of the market for electric...

Detailed Summary of the EPA's Proposed Rule to Limit Carbon Pollution from the Power SectorJune 13, 2014

This document provides a summary of EPA’s recently proposed rule to reduce carbon...

Percent Changes Needed to Acheive EPA's State-by-State Carbon Pollution GoalsJune 3, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center has compiled data from EPA's supporting documents to help states, reporters, and stakeholders better understand what the new carbon pollution limits in the power...

Multi-State Collaboration & Coordination: Proceedings from State & Power Company Dialogue (April 22, 2014)May 23, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center  hosted a dialogue on April 22 among senior state, power company, and federal leaders focused on the potential for multi-state collaboration in meeting...

Primer on Structure of the Electric Power System and Implications for Federal Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power PlantsMay 23, 2014

As states develop plans in response to EPA limits that will reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants, coordination with state and regional electric power system regulators is important....

States Provide EPA with a Roadmap for Cutting Carbon PollutionDecember 16, 2013

In a letter to the EPA, state environment and energy leaders from 15 states—including midwest and mountain states like Minnesota, Illinois and Colorado—urged the federal agency to...

Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Power SectorDecember 5, 2013

The Georgetown Climate Center has released a ...

Georgetown Climate Center Submits Questions to Support EPA Engagement with States on Carbon Pollution StandardsSeptember 20, 2013

On August 23, the Georgetown Climate Center submitted a list of questions to EPA urging the agency to seek input on a range of issues as it begins engagement with states and other stakeholders on...

Fact Sheet: Opportunities for States Under EPA Carbon Pollution StandardsSeptember 19, 2013

The Georgetown Climate Center has developed a document highlighting the opportunities for states under forthcoming EPA carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Clean Air Act Section...

Georgetown Climate Center Polling Shows Strong Support for EPA Action on Climate Change from Republicans and DemocratsJune 24, 2013

With President Barrack Obama scheduled to outline his plans for combating climate change tomorrow, the Georgetown Climate Center is releasing polling data today that shows strong public support...

Summary of the Federal District Court’s Order Enjoining California’s Low Carbon Fuel StandardJanuary 19, 2012

On December 29, 2012, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California granted partial summary judgment to the plaintiffs in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Goldstene,...

GCC Summary of RGGI Economic Benefits AnalysisNovember 15, 2011

An independent report released by the...

Issue Brief: EPA's Forthcoming Performance Standards for Regulating GHG PollutionSeptember 20, 2011

EPA’s forthcoming regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from power plants will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and drive cleaner generation in the electricity sector. The flexibility...

Comparing Legislative Proposals that Restrict the Regulation of Greenhouse GasesApril 1, 2011

Five proposals have been offered in the 112th Congress to date that would limit or eliminate federal agencies’ and states’ authority to regulate greenhouse gases. The Georgetown...

What States Need to Know About EPA Climate ActionsJanuary 7, 2011

This issue brief (pdf) summarizes recent regulatory actions, notes potential obstacles to EPA's efforts, and discusses the role that states will play in the regulatory programs under...

Overview of Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability ActJuly 28, 2010

This overview of the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability act is focused on its impact on states. 

The bill aims to reform offshore oil drilling regulation, strengthens tools to...

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The Great American Adaptation Road TripJanuary 26, 2015

After visiting more than 30 communities across the U.S. that are preparing for climate change, two enterprising authors identify 6 big lessons from ongoing adaptation work in this report by the...

Highlights from Federal Agency Adaptation PlansDecember 2, 2014

Federal agencies released updated adaptation and sustainability plans on October 31, 2014.  The updated plans build and improve upon the first phase of adaptation plans released in 2013....

Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal ActionSeptember 4, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center released 100 recommendations today to improve federal programs that could be used to prepare for climate change. The new report will inform the White House State,...

Preparing for Climate Impacts: Lessons Learned from the Front LinesJuly 9, 2014

In this synthesis report to the Kresge Foundation, the Georgetown Climate Center shares some of the lessons learned from its adaptation work in recent years and includes a number of short case...

20 Good Ideas for Promoting Climate ResilienceJune 20, 2014

A number of state and local governments are already taking tangible actions to address their growing vulnerability to severe storms, persistent drought, worsening flooding, and devastating...

Understanding New Jersey's Vulnerability to Climate ChangeFebruary 5, 2014

New Jersey residents are no strangers to the escalating impacts of climate change.  Rising sea levels mean future hurricanes will produce more severe damage, such as the damage produced...

Lessons Learned from Irene: Climate Change, Federal Disaster Relief, and Barriers to Adaptive ReconstructionDecember 20, 2013

This case study examines the challenges encountered by Vermont localities in trying to use federal disaster relief funds to rebuild their transportation system to be more resilient to future...

Federal Funding Compendium for Urban Heat AdaptationDecember 20, 2013

This compendium collects and analyzes federal programs with potential to pay for state and local government adaptation to urban heat islands.

As many parts of the country grow warmer, and...

Case Studies in Floodplain RegulationMay 30, 2013

This Georgetown Law student report highlights...

Understanding the Adaptation Provisions of the Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (H.R. 152)May 24, 2013

Disaster relief funding presents an opportunity for state and local governments to rebuild in a manner that anticipates and responds to future changes in the climate. In most cases,...

The State of Adaptation in the United States: An OverviewApril 4, 2013

The State of Adaptation in the United States...

Zoning for Sea-Level RiseDecember 13, 2012

To help local communities address the increased flooding expected from sea-level rise and more frequent extreme weather events, the Georgetown Climate Center designed a model sea-level rise...

Adaptation Tool Kit: Urban HeatAugust 17, 2012

"Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments" is designed to help local governments reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens.  It provides...

Coastal Management in the Face of Rising Seas: Legal Strategies for ConnecticutAugust 2, 2012

This article examines two adaptation approaches that could be applied in Connecticut: a local-­‐level approach using zoning and floodplain regulations, and state-­‐level approach modeled...

Analysis of the Flood Insurance Reauthorization and Reform Law (2012)August 1, 2012

Updated: August 14, 2012

The Georgetown Climate Center's Jessica Grannis recently released a summary and analysis of Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act...

Innovative Approaches for Adapting to Water Variability in the WestMay 1, 2012

This brief reviews three approaches that communities are pursuing to adapt to climate change:

  • New Mexico's Active Water Resource Management program, which put rules into...
Adaptation Tool Kit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land UseNovember 1, 2011

The Adaptation Tool Kit explores 18 different land-use tools that can be used to preemptively respond to the threats posed by sea-level rise to both public and private coastal development and...

Adaptation Case Studies in the Western United StatesOctober 31, 2011

This report contains two case studies from the Western United States that explore water shortages in the West, water rights along the Colorado River, and the protection of an endangered ground-...

Virginia Case Study: Stemming the Tide: How Local Governments Can Manage Rising Flood RisksMay 1, 2010

Updated: January 2013

This case study analyzes the authority of Virginia local governments to use existing land use regulations to adapt to sea level rise impacts. Specifically...

Comparison of Adaptation Provisions in the Kerry-Boxer and Waxman-Markey BillsNovember 6, 2009

This document provides a side-by-side comparison of all adaptation provisions in Kerry Boxer (S.1733) and Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454).

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Finding the Funds: Options for State Plug-In Electric Vehicle ProgramsApril 17, 2015

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Supporting the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Market: Best Practices from State PEV ProgramsJanuary 15, 2015

This paper captures best practices in state-sponsored plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) buyer incentive programs, DC fast charging programs, and PEV awareness initiatives, as presented at the...

Comments on United States v. Hyundai Proposed Consent DecreeDecember 11, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center, in its role as facilitator of the Transportation and Climate Initiative, has recommended that the U.S. Justice...

Charging Ahead – Options for Policymakers Regarding the Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging MarketsJune 17, 2014

This paper provides an overview of the market for electric...

Lessons from Early Deployments of Electric Vehicle Charging StationsJune 5, 2014

The goals of this study are to document real cases of electric vehicle charging infrastructure installations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and uncover some of the related challenges...

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Housing and Transportation CostsJune 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of...

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Land Use TrendsJune 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and...

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Travel Mode ShareJune 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and...

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Health Benefits of Transportation Emissions ReductionsJune 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and...

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Indicators and ApproachesJune 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and...

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Promoting AccessibilityJune 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and...

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Benefits of InvestmentJune 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and...

An Overview of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities Scoping PapersJune 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and...

Northeast Electric Vehicle Network Partner PledgeOctober 11, 2013

Support for electric vehicles in the northeast continues to grow, and states participating in the Northeast Electric...

Menu of Plug-In Electric Vehicle IncentivesJanuary 25, 2013

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) has compiled this menu of incentives for states to use as a tool when researching ways to reduce barriers and promote electric vehicle use. Most...

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Cluster AnalysisJanuary 25, 2013

In order for public institutions and private sector organizations to work toward an EV-friendly environment, it is important to understand where the greatest opportunities are for enhancing the...

Creating EV-Ready Towns and Cities: A Guide to Planning and Policy ToolsDecember 21, 2012

This report provides guidance to practitioners at all levels of state and local governments wishing to take action to implement EVSE deployment in their jurisdictions. It provides discussion and...

Assessment of Current EVSE and EV DeploymentDecember 21, 2012

The deployment assessment provides a region-wide look at EV and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) deployment in the Northeast. The report highlights trends in EV ownership and EVSE...

Siting and Design Guidelines for Electric Vehicle Supply EquipmentDecember 17, 2012

These guidelines identify key siting and design issues that are relevant to local governments, developers, homeowners, businesses, utility providers, and other organizations. The guidelines...

EV Ready Codes for the Built EnvironmentDecember 17, 2012

This document provides an overview of building and electrical codes and their relation to EVs, highlights best practices from around the country, and makes recommendations for jurisdictions in the...