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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.

Eight States Announce Sales of Electric Vehicles Have Surpassed 250,000
October 23, 2014
Representatives from states that signed the zero emission vehicle memorandum of understanding (ZEV MOU) announced that over 250,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold nationwide. The ZEV MOU signatories (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont) gathered at the California Air Resources Board meeting in Diamond Bar, California, to announce this milestone and reaffirm their commitment to putting 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road in their states by 2025.

Steps for Connecting to a Fuze Webinar Without Downloading the Fuze Software
October 8, 2014
  1) Go to http://www.fuze.com and click the "Join Meeting" button, which is circled in the image below.   2) Enter your meeting number.   3) Instead of clicking the big "Install...

New Georgetown Climate Center Reports Highlight Adaptation Efforts Underway and Lessons Learned
July 18, 2014
The Georgetown Climate Center recently released three new reports to help communities better prepare for climate change impacts and extreme weather.  These reports contain good ideas for promoting resilience and...

Supreme Court Upholds Majority of EPA's GHG Permitting Regulations for New and Modified Stationary Sources
July 8, 2014
In a late-session decision, the U.S. Supreme Court partially upheld Environmental Protection Agency permitting rules that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large stationary sources of pollution, leaving most of...