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The Georgetown Climate Center works collaboratively with states and regional climate initiatives to advance effective climate, adaptation, and transportation policies, and to strengthen state and federal climate partnerships.

The Center serves as the convener of the Governors’ Energy and Climate Coalition and the Transportation and Climate Initiative and helps facilitate ongoing information sharing among the nation's three regional climate initiatives.

News and Updates

In a letter to the EPA today, state environment and energy leaders from 15 states—including midwest and mountain states like Minnesota, Illinois and Colorado—urged the federal agency to allow states to use their broad clean energy and climate approaches to meet upcoming carbon pollution reduction requirements.  They also encouraged the federal agency to develop equitable and measurable standards that will hold states accountable for their progress.

Participating states are CA, CO, CT, DE, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NH, NY, OR, RI, VT and WA. 


The Georgetown Climate Center has released a report highlighting successful efforts by states and power companies to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector across the country.

The success stories were initially shared through discussions of state policymakers, power company officials, and Obama Administration officials, following President Obama’s climate plan announcement, during a June 27 meeting convened by the Georgetown Climate Center. A subsequent meeting between state, federal, and power company officials was held on October 28 to continue the discussion about paths the federal government can take to reduce carbon...

The Georgetown Climate Center hosted a discussion October 28 among senior state, power company, and federal leaders about the development of carbon pollution standards for existing power plants.

The federal government is currently seeking input on potential paths forward as it develops standards under the Clean Air Act Sec. 111(d).  The Obama Administration has indicated it wants to build on the experiences of states and power companies, many of which are already achieving significant carbon pollution reductions.  The administration has also indicated it wants to provide states with flexibility in meeting the upcoming standards.


On Sept. 12, 2013, Governor Jack Markell signed Executive Order 41, “Preparing Delaware for Emerging Climate Impacts and Seizing Economic Opportunities from Reducing Emissions.

The order creates a Governor’s Committee on Climate and Resiliency, which will develop an implementation plan to continue Delaware’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and improve the state’s long-term resilience to flooding and sea-level rise. In addition, the order directs all state agencies to incorporate climate adaptation measures in the siting and design of state-funded projects.

“The science is clear: human activities are significantly contributing to climate change and accelerated sea...

New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers reached a new agreement September 9 to work cooperatively to support increased use of alternative fuel vehicles and networks within the region.

The group passed a resolution at its annual meeting that directs the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG-ECP) to work with organizations to compile an inventory of regional initiatives regarding electric and natural-gas-powered vehicles, propose actions aimed at facilitating the interoperability of electric vehicle charging and alternative fueling stations, and identify corridors where alternative fuel infrastructure could be established....

At the Maryland Climate Summit, Gov. Martin O'Malley laid out Maryland's aggressive new plan to reduce carbon pollution.

The plan calls for an economy-wide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020, which is considered one of the strongest emission reduction goals in the country.

"We are here today because we understand deep in our hearts that we do have a moral obligation to our children and to our grandchildren to give to them a planet that is not on the tragectory that we currently find our selves in - a planet that is becoming increasingly more damaged, more polluted, more unhealthy," Gov. O'Malley said. "If we want better results we have to make better choices."


State officials, electric power company executives, and federal officials from the Obama Administration gathered on June 27 to discuss efforts already underway to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.

The importance of state and private-sector action on climate change was underscored in the President’s Tuesday announcement when he said he wants new federal rules reducing carbon pollution to “…provide flexibility to different states with different needs and build on the leadership that many states and cities and companies have already shown.”

State and company participants spent the...