The Harrison Institute, in partnership with the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Climate Policy Program, Georgetown’s Institute for International Economic Policy, and Climate Advisors, is launching a Transatlantic Atlantic Climate and Trade Agenda. The project will convene policy makers and technical experts from both sides of the Atlantic to build consensus on climate policy that will promote rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, enhance the transatlantic trade relationship, and provide a new model for international cooperation on climate and trade. Leaders of the project include Matt Porterfield at the Harrison Institute, George Frampton at the Atlantic Council, David Kleimann at IIEL, and Nigel Purvis at Climate Advisors.
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The Institute’s Policy Clinic involves students in each of four policy teams to advance client goals: community equity, health/food, labor and human rights, and trade policy. See links to the right for student projects and the work of each team.
Harrison Institute News
The George Richmond Foundation renewed its support for the Harrison Institute's work on expanding access to oral health services for low-income families and children with special needs. Led by Sara Hoverter, the institute has developed a set of policies that include contracts for Medicaid-funded services, transportation programs, community partnerships with dental schools, and expanding services of dental hygienists. Starting in the autumn of 2021, Sara will work with the DC Pediatric Oral Health Coalition and others to develop legislation for the DC Council.
The Georgetown Climate Center released its Equitable Adaptation Legal and Policy Toolkit. Harrison Institute staff contributed two chapters:
-- Jennifer Li wrote the chapter on Resilient Affordable Housing, Anti-Displacement and Gentrification. Alex Votaw (policy clinic 2019-20) contributed analysis on housing and displacement.
-- Sara Hoverter wrote the chapter on Public Health, which covers planning, traditional public health roles, and built environment tools.
Robert Stumberg will introduce the "Just Purchasing Consortium," a national project to protect workers who supply food to university students and staff. The consortium will develop a purchasing code and a monitoring system that are modeled after the Worker Rights Consortium for licensed apparel (200 universities). Others on the panel include Mark Pearce (GU's Worker Rights Institute), Patrick Dixon (GU's Kalmanovitz Initiative, and colleagues from the universities of Michigan and California.
Matt Porterfield, Deputy Director of the Harrison Institute, spoke on trans-Atlantic cooperation, carbon pricing and carbon border adjustments at five recent forums:
1. International Institute for Economic Law Global Trade Academy (March 23, 2021)
2. French Ministry for Economy, Finance and Recovery (March 23, 2021)
3. L'Association Française des Entreprises Privées (AFEP) (Jan. 14, 2021)
4. Atlantic Council, and the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) (Dec. 9, 2020)
5. Major Economies Business Forum (BizMEF) (Dec. 7, 2020)
Students from the Harrison Institute's Policy Clinic -- Rolly Giberson, Linn Groft, and David Leeds -- led a workshop on Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners and the Ward 8 Community Economic Development Steering Committee (W8CED in far Southeast Washington). In a CBA, communities negotiate with developers for benefits that might include jobs (in a stadium), affordable units in a housing development, or technology for community schools. Students are using community input from this workshop for the next round of interviews with CBA practitioners, with more workshops to come in other Wards.