Featured Content: Our Work
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.
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.
This analysis presents an overview of what Transportation and Climate Initiative jurisdictions are doing to achieve sustainable communities outcomes, how their legal frameworks govern land use and transportation policies, and notable programs or policies from a sustainable communities perspective.
TCI's Work on Sustainable Transportation Indicators
September 20, 2012
The TCI Sustainable Communities workgroup is exploring ways to measure the environmental and economic benefits of state-level sustainable communities efforts. By working together as a region, TCI is helping to leverage state resources and foster sharing of states' experiences with sustainable transportation policies by providing standardized tools to measure outcomes in the same way.
Northeast Electric Vehicle Network Brochure
September 12, 2012
This brochure describes the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network, including the vision behind it, the benefits created by the Network, and the immediate action plan for the 12 participating jurisdictions throughout the northeastern United States. The Northeast Electric Vehicle network is a project of the Transportation and Climate Initiative.
The Georgetown Climate Center has produced a summary of the federal transportation reauthorization legislation, "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" (MAP-21), which became law in July 2012. This document identifies provisions of the Act that relate to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or adapt to climate change.
The Transportation and Climate Initiative has released a market overview and literature review that provides an overview of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) deployment in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
The report assesses current electric vehicle and electric vehicle charging station technology, looks at the state of PEV markets, reviews the benefits of PEV deployment, and identifies the barriers and challenges to PEVs in gaining market acceptance. The document is intended to serve as a resource for consumers and policy makers who seek to better understand the nature of and challenges facing electric vehicle deployment in the TCI region.
Plug-In Electric Vehicle Deployment in the Northeast
September 7, 2012
The Transportation and Climate Initiative released a market overview and literature review today that provides an overview of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) deployment in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
Analysis of Freight in the Northeastern U.S.
March 27, 2012
On behalf of the Transportation and Climate Initiative, Dr. James Winebrake recently conducted an analysis of all freight moving through the northeastern United States.
Summary of Senate Transportation Bill
March 16, 2012
This document summarizes the Senate transportation reauthorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (S. 1813, “MAP-21”). MAP-21 authorizes $109 billion for surface transportation programs for two years, an extension of current aggregated funding levels through fiscal year (FY) 2013.
On December 29, 2012, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California granted partial summary judgment to the plaintiffs in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Goldstene, holding that California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) violated the dormant Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. The court also granted the plaintiffs a preliminary injunction, prohibiting enforcement of the LCFS until the litigation is completed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
White House Announced New Commitments to Support Electric Vehicles
November 19, 2014
On November 18, the White House and the Edison Electric Institute announced new commitments made by electric utilities and other organizations to support the deployment of electric vehicles nationwide. 70 utilities committed to spend at least 5% of their annual fleet acquisition budgets on purchasing electric vehicles, and over 60 new businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations committed to install workplace charging stations for their employees.
Representatives from states that signed the zero emission vehicle memorandum of understanding (ZEV MOU) announced that over 250,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold nationwide. The ZEV MOU signatories (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont) gathered at the California Air Resources Board meeting in Diamond Bar, California, to announce this milestone and reaffirm their commitment to putting 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road in their states by 2025.
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.