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HUD to require consideration of climate change in Consolidated Plans
June 15, 2016
The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) is seeking comment on a proposed rule that would, for the first time, ask states and localities to take natural hazards and climate change into account in their long-range plans for affordable housing and community development. Public comments on the proposed rule are due July 18, 2016.

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.

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.

Delaware Releases Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution and Prepare for Climate Change
March 4, 2015
Governor Jack Markell released a plan to combat climate change this week, calling for a 30 percent cut in carbon pollution by 2030 and outlining a framework to help the state better prepare for the future impacts of climate change.

Transportation plans to require consideration of climate change
March 2, 2015
On February 20, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would establish a process for state departments of transportation (state DOTs) to include consideration of climate change and extreme weather-related risks in the development of asset management plans, which are required under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

Obama Executive Order Sets New Flood Elevation Standards for Federal Projects
January 30, 2015
President Obama signed an executive order today directing federal agencies to adopt new flood elevation standards for the siting, design, and construction of federal projects.

The new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard will ensure that current and future flood risk, anticipated to increase due to climate change and sea-level rise, will be taken into account in the development of federal projects. The standard is expected to save taxpayers money in the long run by reducing federal disaster assistance spending following extreme weather events.

Lessons Learned from the Great American Adaptation Road Trip
January 26, 2015
After visiting more than 30 communities across the U.S. that are preparing for climate change, two enterprising young authors identify six big lessons from ongoing adaptation work in a new report recently released by the Georgetown Climate Center.

Obama Administration Releases Report on How Federal Agencies Can Support State and Local Adaptation Efforts
November 17, 2014
The Obama Administration released a report today that details how federal agencies can use existing programs to support, state, local, and tribal adaptation efforts.

The report includes recommendations from the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Many of the recommendations in the report to help communities prepare for climate change also draw from the 100 recommendations for federal action that the Georgetown Climate Center released in September.

New Georgetown Climate Center Reports Highlight Adaptation Efforts Underway and Lessons Learned
July 18, 2014
The Georgetown Climate Center recently released three new reports to help communities better prepare for climate change impacts and extreme weather.  These reports contain good ideas for promoting resilience and...