Georgetown Climate Center's Vicki Arroyo Delivers TED Talk on Climate Change

October 1, 2012 —

A TED talk delivered by Visiting Professor Vicki Arroyo (L’94), executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, is now available on the TED website. 

In her talk, Arroyo calls on local communities to increase planning for adaptation to climate change. She explains that now is the time to prepare our homes and communities for change and provides examples of bold projects that are already underway with climate change in mind. 


As executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, Arroyo oversees the Center’s work at the nexus of climate and energy policy, supervising staff and student work on climate mitigation and adaptation at the state and federal level. She teaches "experiential" environmental law courses to both law and public policy students.

Arroyo previously served at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, most recently as vice president for domestic policy and general counsel. For over a decade, she directed the Pew Center’s policy analysis, science, adaptation, economics and domestic policy programs. She also served as managing editor of the Center's book and oversaw publication of numerous reports and policy briefs.

In addition to Georgetown Law, she has taught courses on environmental policy and climate change at Catholic University, George Mason University and Tulane Law School. She practiced law at Kilpatrick Stockton and other private firms and worked in the Office of Air and Radiation and the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She also created and directed the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s policy office and briefly served as Gov. Buddy Roemer's environmental advisor.

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