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Long History of State Actions to Cut Carbon Pollution Will Continue
December 3, 2015
On the heels of last week's announcement by five northeast states and the District of Columbia that they will start developing potential market-based policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation,...

Five Northeast States and DC Announce They Will Work Together to Develop Potential Market-Based Policies to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation
November 24, 2015
Six northeast and mid-Atlantic jurisdictions have announced they will work together to develop potential market-based policies to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution from the transportation sector. Developing such policies will build on the momentum created by the participating states’ successful clean energy programs and will create positive economic benefits, in addition to reducing the emissions that cause climate change according to a new Georgetown Climate Center report.

State Statements About Reducing GHGs from the Transportation Sector
November 24, 2015
Statements are available from Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

State, Power Company, and EPA Officials Discuss Implementation of Clean Power Plan
October 14, 2015
The Georgetown Climate Center recently hosted the sixth in a series of dialogues among senior state and power company leaders, NGOs, experts, and federal officials to further discuss implementation issues and state...

Think Beyond Homes and Roads to Better Prepare for Climate Change
September 28, 2015
With natural disasters, as with wars, we tend to fight the last one. While preparing for another Katrina or Sandy is important, we also need to be ready for future climate change impacts, such as heat waves and droughts. This means developing climate change scenarios and using a range of planning, design, and economic investment tools to increase the resilience of our homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Huffington Post Op-Ed: Lessons learned from rebuilding New Orleanns
August 27, 2015
Georgetown Climate Center Executive Director Vicki Arroyo wrote an op-ed published in The Huffington Post about New Orleans' revival after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city 10 years ago. New Orleans' recovery efforts, Arroyo explains, offer lessons for all communities that use federal disaster recovery dollars to rebuild, adapt, and thrive in the aftermath of climate-related disasters--and ideally, to prepare in advance of such events and avoid the most dire consequences.

Case Studies in Building Community Resilience
August 19, 2015
Explore how sub-national jurisdictions (municipalities, states, and special administrative regions) in the United States and China are taking action to build resilience to natural hazards, extreme weather, and climate change with a series of new case studies produced by the Georgetown Climate Center and Georgetown faculty.

Clean Power Plan: Summary of the Final Rule
August 19, 2015
In a recent webinar for state officials, the Georgetown Climate Center provided a summary of EPA’s final Clean Power Plan rule to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. The video presentation below...

Statements on the Clean Power Plan
August 3, 2015
Below are links to state statements about the Clean Power Plan.  Links will be posted as they become available.   California Gov. Jerry Brown California Secretary for Environmental...

Resources to Better Understand the Clean Power Plan, State Actions, and State Responses
July 31, 2015
On Monday, August 3, the Obama Administration released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, which will reduce carbon pollution from the power sector.   Below are resources for better understanding the final...