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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...

Fact Sheets, Examples, and Benefits of State Clean Energy Programs
July 31, 2015
States across the country have been implementing policies to cut carbon pollution from the power sector for years – utilizing many of the same state policies that will be available for use under the Clean...

Understanding State Implementation Options Under the Clean Power Plan
July 31, 2015
Since June 2013, the Georgetown Climate Center has played a leading role in facilitating dialogues with states and power companies about the Clean Power Plan and outlining potential compliance options.  More than...

Celebrating Five Years of Success Through the Transportation and Climate Initiative
June 9, 2015
Five years ago, 11 northeast and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia launched the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) to develop the clean energy economy and reduce energy use and emissions from the transportation sector.

Metro-Boston cities collaborate on climate preparedness
May 21, 2015
Mayors from fourteen cities in the metropolitan Boston region signed a Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Commitment on May 13, 2015, agreeing to collaborate to prepare the region for the impacts of climate change. The fourteen municipalities will work together to coordinate actions necessary for adapting transboundary critical infrastructure systems, to develop best practices for local governments and policy recommendations for state and federal partners, and to identify funding and investment solutions to take regional action.