Georgetown Law’s Climate Center Seizes Moment to Push Clean Energy Policy

December 17, 2020

Professor from Practice Vicki Arroyo, who leads the acclaimed Georgetown Climate Center, is playing a leading role.

In a major report, she and a pair of former students who now work as attorneys at the Center — Matthew Goetz (L ‘14) and Annie Bennett (L ‘13) — offer the new Biden-Harris administration guidance about how it can make transportation programs cleaner and greener. In their chapter, they make recommendations for the administration’s first 100 days, and urge incoming officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation to take a “climate in all policies” approach to governance.

One top recommendation for former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, if his nomination to head the U.S. Department of Transportation is confirmed: Immediately create a climate council within the department to signal the issue’s importance and to coordinate efforts to address it with other federal agencies. Arroyo and her coauthors also urge the incoming transportation secretary to create a new electric vehicle task force and strengthen federal partnerships with states and localities.

Read the full article in Georgetown Law