About Us

Georgetown Climate Center staff, November 2018

The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate and energy policies in the United States and serves as a resource to state and local communities that are working to cut carbon pollution and prepare for climate change.

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The Georgetown Climate Center is part of Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C.

The Center informs the development of state and federal policies that:

  • Reduce carbon pollution from power plants and stationary sources.
  • Support clean and resilient transportation options.
  • Help communities adapt to climate change.

As part of Georgetown Law, the Center works extensively with government officials, academics, and an array of stakeholders. It analyzes the provisions of federal policy relevant to state and local government, works with states on developing innovative new policies, and encourages policymakers to learn from state experience.

The organization, led by Executive Director Vicki Arroyo and Faculty Director Peter Byrne, plays a key role supporting states with legal and policy analysis to address some of the biggest issues facing the country.

The Center works with states, power companies, and non-profit organizations to inform the development and implementation of EPA’s Clean Power Plan and facilitates the Transportation and Climate Initiative — a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. The Center also helps states and communities prepare for climate change impacts and works to integrate adaptation planning into all levels of government decision-making.