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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.

GCC launches Managed Retreat Toolkit
July 15, 2020
  Explore the Managed Retreat Toolkit Watch the July 29 launch webinar recording View the launch presentation slides Communities across the U.S. are facing urgent challenges from sea-level rise...

Georgetown Climate Center Joins FEMA Region IX in Announcing Level Up Audio Project
May 27, 2020
Storytelling works better than facts alone when motivating people to act. Stories allow people to form an emotional connection, to learn from other communities’ challenges and solutions, and to wonder, “How could...

Georgetown Climate Center and Capital Region Planning Commission launch innovative resilience partnership in Louisiana's Region 7 Watershed
May 11, 2020
The Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) and the Capital Region Planning Commission (CRPC) in Louisiana have launched an innovative partnership to support Louisiana communities in the state’s Region 7 Watershed in...

GCC hosts virtual roundtable to inform upcoming Equitable Adaptation Toolkit
March 19, 2020
GCC’s upcoming Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit (Equitable Adaptation Toolkit) will feature case studies and resources that help communities and states address the cumulative effects of climate change impacts and social inequalities that put the health and well-being of communities at risk.

Georgetown Climate Center and subnational leaders head to COP25 in Madrid
December 4, 2019
Georgetown Climate Center is once again supporting U.S. state and local government officials’ participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP). COP25 runs...

Georgetown Climate Center welcomes Bill Gates for energy and climate discussion
September 10, 2019
On Tuesday, September 10, the Georgetown Climate Center was pleased to welcome technologist, investor, and philanthropist Bill Gates to the Georgetown Law campus for a discussion with a panel of leaders from academia, civil society, finance, industry, policy, and technology.

GCC's Vicki Arroyo testifies before U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
July 10, 2019
On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, GCC Executive Director Vicki Arroyo testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the role of transportation in contributing to climate change and the...

Issue Brief: Final ACE Rule Raises State Concerns
July 2, 2019
On June 19, 2019, the Trump Administration released a final regulation—dubbed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE)—that repeals and replaces the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan. This issue brief, prepared...

States respond to release of final ACE rule, rollback of Clean Power Plan
June 19, 2019
On June 19, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump Administration announced a final regulation to be instituted in place of the Clean Power Plan, known as the Affordable Clean Energy Rule. Below are...