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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

On July 15, Governor Jack A. Markell and the Delaware Division of Energy and Climate announced the Clean Transportation Incentive Programs (CTIP) intended to encourage wider use and adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and cleaner alternative fuel programs.

The CTIPs include five programs (detailed below) covering a range of clean transportation activities, including rebates for electric and alternative fuel vehicle purchases, rebates for charging stations, grants for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and grants for innovative transportation solutions designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

Funded through Delaware’s participation in the Regional...

On June 19, federal agencies proposed new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that are projected to improve tractor trailer fuel economy by as much as 24% in 2027. This second round of truck standards, proposed jointly by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), will apply to new combination tractors and trailers, heavy-duty trucks, and vocational vehicles for model years (MY) 2019 through 2027.

The proposed standards build upon a previous round of fuel economy and GHG standards that the agencies released in 2011 for MY 2014-2018 vehicles. These previous standards...

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...