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Exploring Regional Solutions to Improve Transportation and Reduce Emissions

Exploring Regional Solutions to Improve Transportation and Reduce Emissions

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are exploring regional policies to reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants from the transportation sector and improve transportation systems. The Georgetown Climate Center serves as the facilitator of the Transportation and Climate Initiative.

 
Regional EV Charging Infrastructure Location Identification Toolkit

Regional EV Charging Infrastructure Location Identification Toolkit

GCC and MJ Bradley & Associates produced the Regional EV Charging Infrastructure Location Identification Toolkit (ILIT) to help state and local governments plan for more equitable and informed investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. An expanded version of a previous EV corridor analysis tool, the ILIT includes interactive maps and an Excel-based modeling tool.

 
 
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Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI)

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a regional collaboration of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to develop the clean energy economy and reduce oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. The participating states are: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The initiative builds on the region's strong leadership and commitment to energy efficiency and clean energy issues, and its programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the power sector, which have resulted in the region becoming one of the most energy and transportation efficient areas in the nation. The TCI is facilitated and staffed by the Georgetown Climate Center. Learn more.

Northeast Electric Vehicle Network

The Northeast Electric Vehicle Network was created by 11 northeast and mid-Atlantic jurisdictions to enable travelers to drive their plug-in cars and trucks from northern New England to D.C. and everywhere in between. The Network is a project of the Transporatation and Climate Initiative and is staffed and facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center.

More than 100 companies, organizations, and jurisdictions have pledged to work with the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network to support electric vehicle use. Through the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network, northeastern states are laying the groundwork for the region to lead the way in the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs), capturing the many economic, jobs, and environmental benefits associated with EVs.  Learn more.

An Overview of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities Scoping Papers

An Overview of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities Scoping Papers
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 developed research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies. This brief summarizes the findings of the scoping papers, including the indicators that were identified, the potential to use each to evaluate TCI states’ progress on policies and programs, potential strategies each indicator could support, and TCI state programs that already make use of the indicators.

 
Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Housing and Transportation Costs

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Housing and Transportation Costs
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 various approaches for measuring housing and transportation affordability.

 
Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Land Use Trends

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Land Use Trends
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—growth in previously developed/designated acres, and acres of agricultural or natural lands protected—and explores approaches that can be used to track development trends.

 
Northeast Electric Vehicle Network Partner Pledge

Northeast Electric Vehicle Network Partner Pledge
October 11, 2013

Support for electric vehicles in the northeast continues to grow, and states participating in the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network are forging ahead with preparations for the mass market arrival of plug-in cars and trucks and the economic and environmental benefits that these vehicles can deliver.

 

 
Menu of Plug-In Electric Vehicle Incentives

Menu of Plug-In Electric Vehicle Incentives
January 25, 2013

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) has compiled this menu of incentives for states to use as a tool when researching ways to reduce barriers and promote electric vehicle use. Most states offer one or more incentives for consumers, businesses, or government entities to purchase and use plug‐in electric vehicles (PEV) or electric vehicle charging stations (also known as electric vehicle supply equipment, or EVSE).

 
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Cluster Analysis

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Cluster Analysis
January 25, 2013

In order for public institutions and private sector organizations to work toward an EV-friendly environment, it is important to understand where the greatest opportunities are for enhancing the EVSE network. This report takes a rigorous approach to identifying what types of places make sense for EVSE deployment in order to encourage EV ownership and usage. As both the public and private sectors consider investing in EVSE, infrastructure developers will need to determine how to most efficiently invest limited resources to provide battery charging infrastructure. 

 
Creating EV-Ready Towns and Cities: A Guide to Planning and Policy Tools

Creating EV-Ready Towns and Cities: A Guide to Planning and Policy Tools
December 21, 2012

This report provides guidance to practitioners at all levels of state and local governments wishing to take action to implement EVSE deployment in their jurisdictions. It provides discussion and guidance regarding the steps to create, administer, and amend planning processes, rules, and regulations, and explores the potential for jurisdictions to encourage EV charging station installation and use. Tools to promote EV-friendly zoning regulations, parking ordinances, building codes, permitting practices, and partnership and procurement are explored, and examples of streamlined approaches are provided. 

 
Assessment of Current EVSE and EV Deployment

Assessment of Current EVSE and EV Deployment
December 21, 2012

The deployment assessment provides a region-wide look at EV and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) deployment in the Northeast. The report highlights trends in EV ownership and EVSE locations, offers recommendations to maximize the impact of EVSE installations, and offers recommendations for further areas of study.

 
Siting and Design Guidelines for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment

Siting and Design Guidelines for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment
December 17, 2012

These guidelines identify key siting and design issues that are relevant to local governments, developers, homeowners, businesses, utility providers, and other organizations. The guidelines provide an overview of elements of site selection and design and installation scenarios, including considerations for commercial lots, multi-family residences, on-street charging, service station models, and fleets.

 
EV Ready Codes for the Built Environment

EV Ready Codes for the Built Environment
December 17, 2012

This document provides an overview of building and electrical codes and their relation to EVs, highlights best practices from around the country, and makes recommendations for jurisdictions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. 

 

Video: Georgetown Analysis Shows Potential for GHG Emissions Reductions from Transportation in the TCI Region
December 16, 2015

Webinar presentation shows the potential for greenhouse gas emissions reductions from transportation in mid-Atlantic and northeastern states.

 

Five Northeast States and DC Announce They Will Work Together to Develop Potential Market-Based Policies to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation
November 24, 2015

Six northeast and mid-Atlantic jurisdictions have announced they will work together to develop potential market-based policies to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution from the transportation sector. Developing such policies will build on the momentum created by the participating states’ successful clean energy programs and will create positive economic benefits, in addition to reducing the emissions that cause climate change according to a new Georgetown Climate Center report.

 

State Statements About Reducing GHGs from the Transportation Sector
November 24, 2015

Statements are available from Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

 

Celebrating Five Years of Success Through the Transportation and Climate Initiative
June 9, 2015

Five years ago, 11 northeast and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia launched the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) to develop the clean energy economy and reduce energy use and emissions from the transportation sector.

 

California Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal in S.B. 375 Land Use-Transportation Plan Case
April 28, 2015

The California Supreme Court agreed on March 11 to review an appeals court decision that invalidated a regional transportation and land use plan for the San Diego area for failing to adequately consider greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Climate Center Report Identifies Funding Options for State Electric Vehicle Programs
April 17, 2015

The Georgetown Climate Center recently released a report that identifies options for states to fund plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) programs and highlights ways that states across the U.S. are supporting PEVs.

 

Transportation and Climate Initiative Joins U.S. DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge
April 17, 2015

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) has committed to working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support workplace charging and grow the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market.

 

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).

 

175 Case Studies Show How Communities Are Preparing Our Roads, Airports, and Transit Systems for Climate Change
February 18, 2015

One hundred and seventy-five case studies demonstrate how leaders are responding to the growing threats that climate change impacts pose to America’s roads, airports, transit systems, and infrastructure.

The case studies highlight some of the most innovative approaches being adopted around the country for considering climate change at all stages of decision-making: planning, design, construction, and operations and maintenance.

These case studies were written by the Georgetown Climate Center with support from the Federal Highway Administration.

 

Georgetown Climate Center Releases Report on Best Practices from State PEV Programs
January 15, 2015

The Georgetown Climate Center has released a report that captures best practices in state-sponsored plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) programs, and lessons in PEV program development and implementation that may serve as models to other states.