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Community-Informed Heat Relief: Policy Options for Addressing Urban Extreme Heat in High-Risk Communities
June 30, 2021
Extreme heat causes more deaths than any other weather-related hazard. This public health threat will only worsen as climate change leads to more frequent and intense heat waves — especially in cities, which often...

Level Up Audio Project - Season 2 Now Available!
June 1, 2021
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 9 produced the Level Up Audio Project to share stories, case studies, and best practices to inspire hazard mitigation action and strengthen our community of hazard...

Kate Zyla returns to Georgetown Climate Center as Executive Director
May 3, 2021
The Georgetown Climate Center today announced that Kathryn (Kate) Zyla has been named GCC’s new Executive Director. The new role represents a homecoming for Zyla, who was GCC’s Deputy Director before joining the staff of Energy Foundation in 2018.

New report from Georgetown Climate Center and M.J. Bradley & Associates shows opportunity for strategic federal investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure
March 18, 2021
The electrification of cars, trucks, and buses is an important strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution, and can lead to cleaner air and healthier communities. As federal policymakers...

Report: Building housing security and climate resilience through community land trusts
January 29, 2021
Housing insecurity and the impacts of climate change are interrelated issues increasingly affecting cities across the United States. The communities most significantly burdened by housing costs and housing instability...

GCC's Vicki Arroyo named by Biden-Harris Administration to be Associate Administrator for the U.S. EPA Office of Policy
January 21, 2021
We are delighted to share the news that Vicki Arroyo was sworn in Wednesday to serve in the Biden-Harris Administration as Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection...

America's Zero Carbon Action Plan unveils a roadmap to eliminating GHG emissions in the U.S. by 2050
November 3, 2020
What would it take for the United States to reach zero carbon emissions by 2050? America's Zero Carbon Action Plan (ZCAP), released last week, sets out to answer that question. Building on the U.N.'s Sustainable...

Developing GCC's Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit (Now Available)
July 29, 2020
  The Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit is now available. Access the toolkit here. The effects of climate change disproportionately affect overburdened and low-income people and...

GCC launches Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit
July 29, 2020
  Explore the Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit View the July 29 launch webinar recording View the launch presentation slides The impacts of climate change disproportionately affect...

Developing GCC's Managed Retreat Toolkit (Now Available)
July 15, 2020
Sea-level rise and increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather events are leading many coastal communities to confront difficult questions about how best to protect people, infrastructure, and coastal ecosystems from the impacts of climate change. Communities and states are increasingly considering managed retreat – the voluntary movement and transition of communities and ecosystems away from vulnerable coastal areas – as a strategy for climate adaptation. GCC’s new Managed Retreat Toolkit will combine legal and policy tools, best and emerging practices, and case studies to support peer learning and decisionmaking around managed retreat and climate adaptation.