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Transportation and Climate Initiative Joins U.S. DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge
April 17, 2015
The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) has committed to working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support workplace charging and grow the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market.

Delaware Releases Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution and Prepare for Climate Change
March 4, 2015
Governor Jack Markell released a plan to combat climate change this week, calling for a 30 percent cut in carbon pollution by 2030 and outlining a framework to help the state better prepare for the future impacts of climate change.

Transportation plans to require consideration of climate change
March 2, 2015
On February 20, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would establish a process for state departments of transportation (state DOTs) to include consideration of climate change and extreme weather-related risks in the development of asset management plans, which are required under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

175 Case Studies Show How Communities Are Preparing Our Roads, Airports, and Transit Systems for Climate Change
February 18, 2015
One hundred and seventy-five case studies demonstrate how leaders are responding to the growing threats that climate change impacts pose to America’s roads, airports, transit systems, and infrastructure.

The case studies highlight some of the most innovative approaches being adopted around the country for considering climate change at all stages of decision-making: planning, design, construction, and operations and maintenance.

These case studies were written by the Georgetown Climate Center with support from the Federal Highway Administration.

Obama Executive Order Sets New Flood Elevation Standards for Federal Projects
January 30, 2015
President Obama signed an executive order today directing federal agencies to adopt new flood elevation standards for the siting, design, and construction of federal projects.

The new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard will ensure that current and future flood risk, anticipated to increase due to climate change and sea-level rise, will be taken into account in the development of federal projects. The standard is expected to save taxpayers money in the long run by reducing federal disaster assistance spending following extreme weather events.

Lessons Learned from the Great American Adaptation Road Trip
January 26, 2015
After visiting more than 30 communities across the U.S. that are preparing for climate change, two enterprising young authors identify six big lessons from ongoing adaptation work in a new report recently released by the Georgetown Climate Center.

Georgetown Climate Center Releases Report on Best Practices from State PEV Programs
January 15, 2015
The Georgetown Climate Center has released a report that captures best practices in state-sponsored plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) programs, and lessons in PEV program development and implementation that may serve as models to other states.

States Voice Strong Support for EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan in Joint Letter to Agency
December 1, 2014
In a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, environment and energy leaders from 14 states recently expressed strong support for the agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan. This group of state...

White House Announced New Commitments to Support Electric Vehicles
November 19, 2014
On November 18, the White House and the Edison Electric Institute announced new commitments made by electric utilities and other organizations to support the deployment of electric vehicles nationwide. 70 utilities committed to spend at least 5% of their annual fleet acquisition budgets on purchasing electric vehicles, and over 60 new businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations committed to install workplace charging stations for their employees.

Obama Administration Releases Report on How Federal Agencies Can Support State and Local Adaptation Efforts
November 17, 2014
The Obama Administration released a report today that details how federal agencies can use existing programs to support, state, local, and tribal adaptation efforts.

The report includes recommendations from the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Many of the recommendations in the report to help communities prepare for climate change also draw from the 100 recommendations for federal action that the Georgetown Climate Center released in September.