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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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.

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...

Georgetown Climate Center at the 2019 National Adaptation Forum
April 16, 2019
The 4th National Adaptation Forum took place April 23 - 25 in Madison, WI. Georgetown Climate Center staff will be lead several sessions and networking opportunities throughout the conference. This article gives an overview of the events at which GCC staff moderated and presented.