The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through a technical assistance project to help develop climate adaptation policy options for the consideration of its local jurisdictions. The project sought to help local communities prepare for climate change impacts while bringing other environmental, economic and social benefits. To determine regional vulnerabilities, the Council of Governments used regional climate change projections from the 2009 National Climate Assessment combined with findings from the Maryland and Virginia state climate commissions, university studies, regional planning group assessments and input from local government staff. The Council of Governments relied on its standing committees made up of representatives from its member jurisdictions for input on the project and to keep its members engaged throughout the process.. The committees were related to buildings, land use, transportation and water sectors. This regional effort provided localities with information that would have been difficult to develop and duplicative if conducted separately. An example is an analysis of projected climate impacts and how they would affect different sectors. The effort also raised awareness of climate adaptation in the region and encouraged local governments to explore multi-benefit strategies while anticipating, planning and preparing for climate change. This effort also resulted in EPA developing the report: Using Smart Growth Strategies to Create More Resilient Communities in the Washington, D.C., Region (2013).