The mission of the Georgetown Climate Center is to advance ambitious and equitable government responses to the climate crisis in the U.S. at the national, state, and local levels.
In the United States, responding to the climate crisis depends on effective partnerships among federal, state, and local governments. When different levels of government collaborate and communicate with each other when they are developing climate and energy policies, they can go farther and faster in achieving durable, equitable, ambitious climate action for the health and welfare of the people across the country.
The Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) was established in 2009 at the request of state leaders who recognized the need to strengthen connections between climate policies and policymakers at all levels of government and to help policymakers develop aligned strategies that work together to address climate change.
We aim to help good ideas make their way into laws and regulations, so we focus on helping federal, state, and local leaders with the messy and complicated business of practical, real world policymaking. GCC serves as a resource to state, federal, and local policymakers who are working to develop policies to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and become more resilient to the effects of climate change, providing legal, policy, and process support to inform policy development.
We apply our expertise to both sides of the climate policy equation:
We work to break down barriers to communication and facilitate ambition, innovation, and collaboration between different levels of government, different jurisdictions at the same level of government; and multiple agencies within individual jurisdictions. Some of the tools we use to accomplish our goals include:
Part of Georgetown University Law Center, GCC also harnesses the deep expertise and strong reputation of Georgetown University and networks of academic colleagues, to connect academic research and thought leadership with on-the-ground policymaking. Our unique connection to Georgetown provides opportunities for students to contribute to policy and legal analysis of cutting-edge climate and clean energy issues.
The Center is grateful for the support of all of our funders, including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Kresge Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Barr Foundation, Energy Foundation, Merck Family Fund, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.