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Issue Brief: Estimating the GHG Impact of IIJA Infrastructure Investments

Issue Brief: Estimating the GHG Impact of IIJA Infrastructure Investments

Georgetown Climate Center assessed the potential effects of each of the IIJA’s surface transportation provisions to understand how the bill’s historic investments in transportation infrastructure could help — or hinder — efforts to achieve state and federal GHG reduction goals. We found IIJA could be an important part of the U.S. response to climate change, or it could lead to more greenhouse gas pollution than the trajectory we are currently on. 

 
EV Charging Infrastructure Mapping Tools

EV Charging Infrastructure Mapping Tools

Georgetown Climate Center and M.J. Bradley & Associates, an ERM Company, have developed mapping and analysis tools to inform discussions between policymakers, local communities, and other stakeholders in considering priority locations for EV fast charging infrastructure investments. The include the nationwide E-DRIVE tool and the Regional EV Charging Infrastructure Location Identification Toolkit.

 
 
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Finding the Funds: Options for State Plug-In Electric Vehicle Programs

Finding the Funds: Options for State Plug-In Electric Vehicle Programs
April 17, 2015

This paper identifies options for states to fund plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) programs and highlights ways that states across the U.S. are supporting PEVs.

 

 
Supporting the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Market: Best Practices from State PEV Programs

Supporting the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Market: Best Practices from State PEV Programs
January 15, 2015

This paper captures best practices in state-sponsored plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) buyer incentive programs, DC fast charging programs, and PEV awareness initiatives, as presented at the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s 2014 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Workshop.

 

 
Comments on United States v. Hyundai Proposed Consent Decree

Comments on United States v. Hyundai Proposed Consent Decree
December 11, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center, in its role as facilitator of the Transportation and Climate Initiative, has recommended that the U.S. Justice Department revise its proposed consent decree in United States et al. v. Hyundai Motor Company et al. to require the defendants to direct funds to state projects and programs that have demonstrated success in reducing transportation-sector emissions.

 
Charging Ahead – Options for Policymakers Regarding the Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging Markets

Charging Ahead – Options for Policymakers Regarding the Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging Markets
June 17, 2014

This paper provides an overview of the market for electric vehicle charging services, identifies actors and actions that might warrant regulation, and poses questions for policymakers to consider in determining the role that governments should play.

 

 
Lessons from Early Deployments of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Lessons from Early Deployments of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
June 5, 2014

The goals of this study are to document real cases of electric vehicle charging infrastructure installations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and uncover some of the related challenges and opportunities.  Unlike earlier electric vehicle documents produced by the Transportation and Climate Initiative, the focus of this study is not on how installations should be done but rather on how they have been done.

 
Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Travel Mode Share

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Travel Mode Share
June 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies. As one of the papers in that series, this paper examines the various approaches for measuring travel mode share.   

 
Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Health Benefits of Transportation Emissions Reductions

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Health Benefits of Transportation Emissions Reductions
June 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies. As one of the papers in that series, this paper explores the health impacts of transportation, the feasibility of measuring health outcomes directly and offers recommendations for using a health benefits indicator.

 
Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Indicators and Approaches

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Indicators and Approaches
June 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies. As one of the papers in that series, this paper explores ways that states can measure greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and related indicators, such as vehicle miles traveled.

 
Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Promoting Accessibility

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Promoting Accessibility
June 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies. As one of the papers in that series, this paper examines two indicators—proportion of jobs/housing within X miles of transit and proximity to amenities—and explores approaches that can be used to promote accessibility.

 
Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Benefits of Investment

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Benefits of Investment
June 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies. As one of the papers in that series, this paper provides an overview of the types of economic effects that can result from transportation expenditures, and approaches to quantifying the benefits of such investments.

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

GCC Exec. Director Vicki Arroyo testifies before House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
March 5, 2019

View GCC Executive Director Vicki Arroyo's full testimony to the full House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for a hearing entitled "Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change."

 

Transportation and Climate Initiative Listening Session Summary Report Now Available
November 14, 2018

A report summarizing the public input received at six Transportation and Climate Initiative Listening Sessions is now available.

 

Incoming Transportation Research Board Chair Vicki Arroyo leads discussion on resilience, sustainability, and path forward
October 10, 2018

At the 2018 Transportation Resilience Innovations Summit and Exchange (RISE) conference in Denver, Colorado, Vicki Arroyo led a conversation with stakeholders on ways the organization can integrate resilience and sustainability into their research and external outreach.

 

Transportation and Climate Initiative Welcomes the Commonwealth of Virginia
September 12, 2018

Virginia joins regional coalition of states working for low-carbon transportation solutions

 

Georgetown Climate Center Partners on Two Transportation Panels at 2018 Global Climate Action Summit
September 7, 2018

In conjunction with the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, Georgetown Climate Center is partnering with UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy and others on two events highlighting regional collaboration and the future of low-carbon transportation. The Center's Executive Director Vicki Arroyo will moderate a panel at each session.

 

GCC Asks USEPA, NHTSA for More Public Hearings, Comment Extension for Vehicle Emissions Rollbacks
September 6, 2018

On September 6, 2018, shortly after USEPA and NHTSA proposed a joint rule to roll-back vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency standards and to rescind the CA waiver, GCC’s Executive Director, Vicki Arroyo, submitted to...

 

U.S. EPA and NHTSA Propose to Freeze GHG Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards for Cars and Trucks
August 2, 2018

On August 2, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a joint Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy (CAFE) standards for vehicle model years 2021 to 2026. The Administration’s proposed rule would freeze the standards at 2020 levels for model years 2021-2026. The rule also would revoke the waiver granted to California to establish more stringent standards for vehicle emissions, as well as the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Regulation.