U.S. state and local governments continue to demonstrate leadership in addressing the climate challenge, filling the void left by the federal government. Effectively meeting the climate challenge will, however, require a strong federal response. Given the scale and urgency of the challenge, it will be important for each level of government to capitalize on its strengths.

Join our October 6 webinar for a dynamic discussion with state and local leaders about the optimal roles for each level of government in addressing climate change. The webinar will include the presentation of a new WRI report on New Climate Federalism: Defining Federal, State, and Local Roles in a U.S. Policy Framework to Achieve Decarbonization. The paper is the result of the New Climate Federalism Dialogue, a WRI convening of thought leaders among current and former U.S. federal, state, and local government officials, and includes principles to guide the development of federal climate policy.

Read more about the principles in our blog post.


  • Katie Theoharides, Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Jeremy Tarr, Senior Advisor for Climate Change Policy, Office of the Governor, North Carolina
  • Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando
  • Devashree Saha, Senior Associate, WRI United States
  • Nicholas Bianco, Deputy Director, WRI United States (moderator)