State and Regional Climate Strategies
From electric buses and micro-mobility to building energy codes and clean heat, state and city governments have valuable opportunities to design and implement programs that drive down greenhouse gas emissions. Local governments have operated as climate policy laboratories as they faced a lack of federal climate change action and active efforts to undo existing climate policies under the Trump administration.
Even with President Biden making climate one of his top priorities, states and cities will remain at the center of climate and clean energy policy in the US. They will be the first to engage constituents around the public health, quality of life, and economic benefits that clean energy policies can deliver – especially to historically overburdened and underserved communities – and the first to counter opposition strategies. Local governments will continue to advance their own policies and also have primary responsibility for implementing federal climate policy and investing federal dollars wisely. To be successful, they will need to tailor that implementation and investment to address local technical, economic, and political conditions.
To encourage continued progress mitigating climate change, we offer policymakers legal analysis of high-impact opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance a just, equitable and orderly transition to a clean energy economy. Our work supports shared learning across regions and states to align smart climate and energy policy at every level of government.
Dale Bryk is Senior Attorney and Director of our State & Regional Climate Policies work. With over two decades’ experience developing and implementing climate, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation policies, she will help states and cities craft policies to deliver a just and equitable transition to a clean energy economy.
Click here to view Dale’s participation in a think tank session hosted by the Massachusetts Attorney General on Gas Utility Regulation During a Transition to Net-Zero Emissions.
- State Resource Guide: Drafting a Clean Fuel Standard to Manage Legal Risks, by Abby Husselbee
- CleanLaw Podcast: Harmonizing States’ Energy Utility Regulation Frameworks and Climate Laws with Elizabeth Stein, Justin Gundlach, and Caitlin McCoy
- CleanLaw Podcast: Caitlin McCoy and Aladdine Joroff on the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Decision on Local Gas Usage Laws
- The Legal Dynamics of Local Limits on Natural Gas Use in Buildings
- US City Climate Commitments: Obstacles and Opportunities in the Building Sector Post-Paris Agreement
- CleanLaw Podcast: Clean Car Rules Rollback Part I – the California GHG Waiver Rule
- The States as Green New Deal Policy Labs
- A Post-Trump Accounting of State Climate Action