Georgetown University Law Center announced today that the university has opened the Georgetown State-Federal Climate Resource Center.
This the center will focus on the state-federal relationship and to promote the role of states in climate policy.
"Climate change is the single most important environmental issue of our time," says law center Dean T. Alexander Aleinikoff. "It is our hope that the center will make an important contribution to the creation of an overarching U.S. climate protection effort."
Lisa Heinzerling, who will serve as the center's faculty director, says it is designed to serve as a resource to states and provide input on climate legislation and regulatory developments under the Clean Air Act.
It will bring together state leaders and federal officials to address climate policy challenges; monitor state, federal and international developments; respond to information requests about state policy from congressional offices and federal agencies; and offer analytical support to states and local governments seeking to protect and promote their role in climate policy. The center is planning to hold conferences, briefings, and roundtable discussions on Capitol Hill.
"The idea is to have a neutral convening point for people to get together and share ideas in all sorts of directions. In a university setting, people might feel more free to discuss issues without feeling that we are going to take sides with a particular state or a particular perspective. And because we have some expertise in this area, it will be very beneficial to everyone," Heinzerling says.