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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
This memorandum provides an overview of funding available to states in the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, and potentially available in the Build Back Better Act, for climate-related investments along with key considerations for states that wish to take full advantage of this historic opportunity.
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
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.
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
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
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.
The Georgetown Climate Center and M.J. Bradley & Associates developed an electric vehicle (EV) corridor analysis tool to support state and regional EV charging infrastructure planning. Developed in collaboration the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states through the Transportation and Climate Initiative, the corridor analysis includes an interactive online map of public fast charging infrastructure for electric vehicles along selected corridors across the region and uses various criteria to identify highway exits that are good candidates for additional charging infrastructure investment.
On April 2, 2018, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that EPA has completed its Midterm Evaluation process for the existing federal greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025, and determined that the standards "are not appropriate and should be revised."
State and Local Climate Leadership in the Trumpocene
October 18, 2017
In a special issue of the Carbon & Climate Law Review, Vicki Arroyo identifies steps that states and cities are taking that demonstrate their climate leadership in the face of the Trump Administration's assault on climate change policy.
The Georgetown Climate Center hosted a symposium of business leaders, transportation experts, health care advocates, equity and environmental NGOs, and others in New York this week to give participants the opportunity to share their vision of a cleaner transportation future with state officials. Senior officials from 15 states and Washington, DC, participated in the event.
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.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has designated several interstate highways in the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) region as Electric Vehicle Corridors. The designations provide federal recognition for the strong state support for electric vehicles (EV) in the region and will lead to increased electric vehicle travel in the northeast and mid-Atlantic.
The White House announced on July 21 a series of federal government actions and private sector commitments to advance electric vehicles in the United States. Providing drivers with increased access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure is part of the Obama Administration’s effort to increase electric vehicle adoption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.
Webinar presentation shows the potential for greenhouse gas emissions reductions from transportation in mid-Atlantic and northeastern states.
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.