A Leading Resource for State and Federal Climate Policy: Georgetown Climate Center Success Story 7.19.14
In the face of climate change, successful action is dependent on credible, engaging, and innovative resources.
The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown Law seeks to advance effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the United States – policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change. They are producing incredible, engaging, and critical tools and resources for states, stakeholders, policy-makers, and citizens. GCC is an Associate Member of USCAN (they are not tied to USCAN policy positions), and we are very excited to show you some of their latest successful projects!
Here are three highlights of Georgetown Climate Center’s recent work:
1) Supporting Carbon Pollution Reduction from the Power Sector
The Georgetown Climate Center has played a key role bringing states and power companies to the table to discuss the development and implementation of EPA’s proposed rule to limit carbon pollution from the power sector since President Obama rolled out his climate plan at Georgetown University last year. Recent resources include:
- A Detailed Summary of EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Limits for the Power Sector (June 2014) – This summary is intended to help states, stakeholders, and the media better understand the recently proposed EPA rule and its impact. It focuses on elements of the proposal of particular interest to states.
- A State-by-State Carbon Pollution and Energy Tool (May 2014) – This tool enables users to compare states on energy and pollution criteria, generate data maps, and access full energy profiles for each state. More advanced features enable users to create their own regions to gain unique insights into the energy and pollution data and explore regional collaborations. Regional approaches can be used to comply with the new EPA rule.
- State Fact Sheets and Gubernatorial Statements About the EPA Carbon Pollution Rule (June 2014) – Following the rollout of EPA’s proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution, a number of states have provided fact sheets about their own carbon reduction and clean energy programs and governors have also made statements in support of the rule. These materials are located on the Georgetown Climate Center website.
- Additional Resources Related to the EPA’s Proposed Rule to Reduce Carbon Pollution from the Power Sector – A comprehensive list of Georgetown Climate Center materials pertaining to the EPA rule are available here.
2) Providing Adaptation Resources, Expertise, and Guidance
For years the Georgetown Climate Center has provided planners, policymakers, and academics with a rich source of resources through its on-the-ground resiliency work with communities and its Adaptation Clearinghouse.
The center works with states, local communities, and federal agencies to provide legal and policy solutions for preparing climate impacts. In response to President Obama’s Climate Plan, the center has also been working to bring together state and local officials, NGOs, and academic scholars with federal agency partners to provide the administration with recommendations on how federal agencies can better support state and local adaptation.
Recent resources include:
- 20 Good Ideas for Promoting Resilience (July 2014) – The 20 ideas contained in this report include a collection of planning, funding, regulatory, and investment efforts already taking place in different U.S. states and communities to prepare for and reduce the risks of climate change. These ideas offer insights and lessons for others to learn from and build upon in developing their own responses to a changing climate.
- Preparing for Climate Impacts: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines (July 2014) – In this synthesis report to the Kresge Foundation, the Georgetown Climate Center shares some of the lessons learned from its adaptation work in recent years and includes a number of short case studies highlighting successful efforts and barriers to change.
- Insights into Media Coverage of Climate Change and Severe Weather Events in New Jersey (June 2014) – This survey provides insights into the media’s ability to deliver news to the public about severe weather events and access critical information during and immediately following disasters like hurricanes Sandy and Irene. The survey, developed for the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance by Rutgers University and the Georgetown Climate Center, also revealed useful insights into media coverage of climate change adaptation.
3) Supporting Low-Carbon Transportation Policies
With the support of the Georgetown Climate Center, 11 states and DC launched the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) in 2010 to develop the clean energy economy and reduce oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. The Center staffs and facilitates the initiative and its ongoing policy deliberations. It also hosts dialogues with states around the country to share best practices and lessons learned.
Recent transportation-related resources include:
- Research Papers Examining Sustainable Communities Indicators for TCI States (June 2014) – In support of TCI’s sustainable communities work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy recently released a number of research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies.
- Charging Ahead: Options for Policymakers Regarding the Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging Markets (June 2014) –This discussion 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.
Check out even more resources on the GCC website: http://www.georgetownclimate.org/
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Because effective climate action depends on reliable resources and tools, the success of Georgetown Climate Center contributes to the successful advancement of climate policy. The wealth of nonpartisan, engaging, credible information coming from Georgetown Climate Center gives us a reason to feel optimistic. We are proud to have Georgetown Climate Center as an Associate Member of U.S. Climate Action Network! Give them some love!