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The Georgetown Climate Center works with state and federal officials and other stakeholders to help bridge any policy gaps that emerge between transportation and climate policy. The Center also assists states in forging ahead with the deployment of infrastructure for electric and clean fuel vehicles, freight efficiency planning, and transportation policies that reinforce the development and maintenance of sustainable communities.

One of the Center's biggest projects is the facilitation of the Transportation and Climate Initiative - a collaboration of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states plus the District of Columbia.

News and Updates

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.

Plug-in electric vehicle deployment has grown significantly since 2011, with more than 285,000 PEVs on the road nationwide as of December 2014. However, a number of financial, infrastructure, and information challenges to greater PEV adoption remain.

States in the northeast and elsewhere are launching innovative programs to address these issues and support the PEV market. In addition, governors from six of the northeast and mid-Atlantic states joined Oregon and California in signing a...

On December 17, 2014, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a package of actions that Washington State can take to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, including measures that will set an annual limit on the total amount of carbon pollution that emitters may release into the air.

The Governor will propose the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act in the upcoming legislative session, which would require polluters to pay for their carbon pollution by requiring them to purchase allowances at auctions for their emissions. The emissions would be capped, and that cap would be ramped down by two percent annually by reducing the number of allowances available. The program is expected to...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced a historic settlement with Hyundai and Kia on November 3, 2014 that will resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations by the automakers. The United States and the California Air Resources Board filed suit against Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motor Company (the Defendants) under Title II of the Clean Air Act for misrepresenting vehicle fuel efficiency standards and improperly claiming over four million greenhouse gas credits under EPA’s averaging, banking and trading program. The settlement described in the...

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. In addition, the White House announced that it intends to provide funding to help organizations coordinate their efforts to...

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.

The ZEV MOU states released an action plan earlier this year...

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 Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies.

These research papers include indicators measuring: the health benefits of transportation emission reductions; greenhouse gas emissions; growth in previously developed areas and acres of natural land protected; proportion of jobs and housing near transit and access to amenities; travel mode share; benefits of transportation investment; and combined housing and transportation costs as a proportion of...

State transportation, energy, and environment officials from northeastern states gathered June 3-5 for the fifth annual Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) meeting to continue their efforts to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector while boosting the clean energy economy.

The sessions included discussions on a wide array of potential policy paths that would help the 12 TCI jurisdictions (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NH, NY, PA, RI, and VT) achieve these goals.  

An all-day workshop focused on efforts to expedite the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) in the region. Since the formation of the TCI and its Northeast Electric Vehicle Network in 2012, EV ownership has...