NGO Award


Georgetown Climate Center for its support of local government efforts to plan for and adapt to climate change impacts including increased flooding, drought and extreme heat. One of GCC's focus areas is green infrastructure to manage stormwater in the face of changing precipitation patterns, and it works with city and federal officials and NGOs to develop strategies to implement these approaches.

GCC has produced case studies of adaptation initiatives in transportation infrastructure and cities, including a comparison of the efforts of three U.S. and three Chinese jurisdictions. In August 2015, the center published Reimagining New Orleans after Katrina, describing how the city adapted the design and function of public schools and water systems to create a more resilient city.

GCC aided state and local governments in applying for HUD's $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. The organization also hosts the Adaptation Clearinghouse in partnership with the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and EPA. The clearinghouse was recently upgraded to let users monitor states' progress in adaptation planning and will soon boast new functionality to support adaptation practitioners in local governments and water utilities.

GCC partners with many other NGOs and research outfits, including the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Rutgers Climate Institute and Old Dominion University. Its major funders include the Kresge, MacArthur and Rockefeller foundations and the Federal Highway Administration.

The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) for achieving a higher profile for its analyses of the relative climate-readiness of nations, and for increasing its support for public and private sector leaders to priortize adaptation and resilience investments. Covered in the UK newspaper The Independent, BusinessInsider, HuffingtonPost and other media prior to COP21, ND-GAIN's November 2015 country index release included new visualization tools covering 20 years of data across 180 countries.

In 2015, ND-GAIN also began pilot Urban Adaptation Assessments in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Memphis, Seattle and Davenport, Iowa, and it hosted global adaptation webinars in Spanish and Mandarin. In conjunction with Four Twenty Seven and Business for Social Responsibility, ND-GAIN published a study of corporate adaptation that identified water scarcity as the top concern of corporations surveyed.

ND-GAIN's major funders include the Natural Gas Partners Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Templeton Foundation and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation.