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New Report Highlights Adaptation Efforts in U.S. Communities
November 16, 2016
Communities across the nation are implementing innovative approaches to protect residents from the impacts of climate change, providing models and lessons that can be applied across the country according to a report released today by Abt Associates and The Kresge Foundation, which commissioned the report. The Georgetown Climate Center’s Vicki Arroyo and Jessica Grannis contributed to this report.

New Report Shows U.S. States Leading a Shift to Clean Energy
November 14, 2016
A new report from the Georgetown Climate Center shows that a dramatic shift to clean energy is taking place across the U.S. Between 2011 and 2014, installed wind energy capacity grew by more than 40 percent nationally, for example, while solar capacity grew by 577 percent nationally.

Georgetown Climate Center Report Captures and Shares Lessons Learned from the Rebuild by Design Resilience Projects Following Hurricane Sandy
November 14, 2016
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Obama administration, in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, launched the innovative Rebuild by Design (RBD) competition, which sought to inspire affected communities to rebuild differently in ways that would enhance their physical, economic, social, and environmental resilience. This report, Rebuilding with Resilience, aims to capture and share lessons learned from the innovative process for developing the RBD proposals and the novel projects that were generated through this competition.

Transportation and Climate Initiative States Receive Electric Vehicle Corridor Designation
November 3, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation has designated several interstate highways in the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) region as Electric Vehicle Corridors. The designations provide federal recognition for the strong state support for electric vehicles (EV) in the region and will lead to increased electric vehicle travel in the northeast and mid-Atlantic.

Resilience Roadmap: New Report from the White House Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience regarding Federal “Resilience Opportunities”
October 31, 2016
On October 31, 2016, the U.S. Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience released a report titled “Opportunities to Enhance the Nation’s Resilience to Climate Change,” which outlines opportunities for federal...

Get an Insider's View on the Clean Power Plan Case
September 28, 2016
Hear directly from litigants in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals case challenging the Obama Administration's signature climate change action. Watch video from this event.

California Enacts Bill Setting 2030 GHG Goal, Authorizing State Action
September 8, 2016
On September 8, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that sets a binding 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of forty percent below 1990 levels.

California Is First State to Release Draft Plan to Comply with Federal Clean Power Plan
August 3, 2016
On August 2, 2016, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its draft plan for complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector.

New Guidance Directs Federal Agencies to Assess GHG Emissions, Climate Impacts in Environmental Reviews
August 2, 2016
On August 2, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality released final guidance on how federal agencies are to incorporate climate change considerations in their review of federal “actions” under the National Environmental Policy Act.

White House Announces Support for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
July 22, 2016
The White House announced on July 21 a series of federal government actions and private sector commitments to advance electric vehicles in the United States. Providing drivers with increased access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure is part of the Obama Administration’s effort to increase electric vehicle adoption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.