About Us

Georgetown Climate Center staff, November 2018

The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) 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.

GCC 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.

 Georgetown Law

Part of Georgetown University Law Center, GCC works to inform the federal dialogue with lessons from leading states and communities on climate mitigation and adaptation. GCC also facilitates the Transportation and Climate Initiative, a regional collaboration of 12 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 Climate Center works with states on developing innovative new policies, analyzes the provisions of federal policy relevant to state and local government, and encourages policymakers to learn from state experience.

The Climate Center, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019, works extensively with government officials, academics, and an array of stakeholders. GCC played a central role with states, power companies, and non-profit organizations to inform the development of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and continues to work with states to defend against rollbacks of federal clean energy and climate protections. GCC’s Adaptation Program helps states and communities prepare for climate change impacts, works to integrate adaptation and resilience planning into all levels of government decision-making, and maintains the Adaptation Clearinghouse (AdaptationClearinghouse.org), a state-of-the-art database of resources for communities, policy makers, and adaptation professionals. GCC also works to spotlight U.S. state leadership on climate action nationally and internationally.

The Georgetown Climate 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, New York Community Trust, Town Creek Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, John Merck Fund, and The Summit Foundation.