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States React to Trump's Decision to Abandon Paris Climate Agreement
June 1, 2017
President Donald Trump announced today he will withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, despite objections from governors, business executives, and global leaders who want America to maintain leadership on...

Massachusetts and Vermont Call on Trump Administration to Stay in Paris Agreement
May 17, 2017
Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker and Vermont Governor Philip Scott sent a joint letter to the Trump Administration on May 17, 2017, requesting that the U.S. stay in the global climate agreement and noting that the U.S. commitment under the agreement is “achievable.” The U.S. committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 under the agreement.

12 Governors Urge Trump to Stay in Paris Agreement, Keep U.S. Commitments
May 3, 2017
Twelve U.S. governors are urging President Trump to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement and keep the United States' commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

Governors from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington signed onto the letter, which was sent to the White House this morning. The Georgetown Climate Center worked with states to facilitate this letter.

Low-Carbon Transportation Symposium
April 13, 2017
The Georgetown Climate Center held a symposium on low-carbon transportation strategies for state officials and policy experts on April 4, 2017. The symposium focused on what a cleaner, more resilient, and more equitable transportation system could look like, and participants discussed important trends, challenges, and opportunities for achieving such a future.

Georgetown Climate Center Launches Adaptation Equity Portal
March 30, 2017
The Georgetown Climate Center has launched an Adaptation Equity Portal within its Adaptation Clearinghouse to help communities develop policies that integrate social and environmental justice. The portal provides more than 200 resources that help identify ways to better protect the safety and livelihoods of those most affected by climate change.

State Responses to Trump Administration’s Executive Order that Seeks to Reverse Federal Climate Policy
March 28, 2017
Following President Donald Trump's executive order directing a review of the Clean Power Plan and rescinding other prior federal actions on climate change, many states issued statements pledging to continue action to address climate change.

The UN's Patricia Espinosa Discusses Climate Change at Georgetown
February 28, 2017
Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, joined the Center's Vicki Arroyo and other experts in a discussion about climate change on Feb. 28 at Georgetown University.

State Environmental Officials and Attorneys General Urge Senate Leaders to Reject Congressional Disapproval of BLM’s Methane Rule
February 7, 2017
State environmental officials and attorneys generals sent Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer a letter urging the Senate to vote against disapproving the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule to reduce waste from oil and gas production on federal land.

Informing the Maryland Commission on Climate Change
January 31, 2017
The Georgetown Climate Center identifies issues that may be of interest to the Maryland Commission on Climate Change as it finalizes its November 2016 report on the status of Maryland’s climate change efforts and recommendations for legislative action, and develops its 2017 workplans.

Learn Lessons from Some of the Nation's Leading Regional Climate Collaborations 
January 10, 2017
A new Georgetown Climate Center report, Lessons in Regional Resilience, documents lessons learned from regional climate collaboratives, which are bringing together local governments and other stakeholders to coordinate climate change initiatives at a regional level. Watch leaders from regional collaboratives discuss what is working well and learn more about the Georgetown report.