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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

Five years ago, 11 northeast and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia launched the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) to develop the clean energy economy and reduce energy use and emissions from the transportation sector.

The initiative is facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center and led by state transportation, environment, and energy officials in TCI jurisdictions, who gathered this week to celebrate the Initiative’s success during the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials conference in...

On March 12, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 324, which extends and advances the state’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) for transportation fuels. The low carbon fuel standard will require a 10 percent reduction in the carbon content of fuel by 2025 (from a 2010 baseline), with reductions beginning in 2016. Gov. Brown emphasized the importance of the bill by stating that Oregon already has begun to experience the impacts of climate change and that it is crucial the state “does its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Approximately one third of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions...

The California Supreme Court agreed on March 11 to review an appeals court decision that invalidated a regional transportation and land use plan for the San Diego area for failing to adequately consider greenhouse gas emissions.

In November 2014, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District ruled the environmental impact report for the San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) 2050 transportation and land use plan was insufficient under the California Environmental Quality...

The Georgetown Climate Center recently released a report that identifies options for states to fund plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) programs and highlights ways that states across the U.S. are supporting PEVs.

PEVs have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance our nation’s energy security, and save drivers money over the lifetime of the...

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.

By signing on as an Ambassador to the EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge, TCI will support and promote the deployment of workplace charging infrastructure by providing resources to states and the over 100 organizations that have signed TCI’s Pledge to Support Electric Vehicles in the Northeast.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge aims to achieve a tenfold increase in the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging by 2018. The Challenge offers benefits to employers...

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). 

MAP-21 amended the Federal-Aid Highway Program to encourage more efficient expenditure of federal transportation dollars with “performance-based” asset management requirements. Section 1106 of MAP-21, called on state DOTs to develop risk-based asset...

One hundred case studies released today by the Georgetown Climate Center 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.

Every year, taxpayers pay hundreds of billions of dollars for transportation and related infrastructure—infrastructure that is becoming increasingly vulnerable to flooding and damage from extreme heat as a result of climate change.

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