Georgia Drawdown™

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a powerful voice in helping champion a better world for future generations.  In the face of so many challenges, we consider climate change to be the most pressing issue facing humanity due to its impact on so many of our natural and human systems.

Inspired by the work of Project Drawdown, we believe that humanity should set a goal of achieving drawdown, or the point at which greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere begin to decline on a year-to-year basis. Achieving drawdown at a global level is necessary for stabilizing the climate system, but progress toward this goal requires local to regional-scale effort. As Ray Anderson said, “Brighten the corner where you are” - for us, that means helping to lead the state of Georgia on a path to carbon neutrality via strategies that strengthen the state’s economy and improve the quality of life for all Georgians. That is what we mean by Georgia Drawdown.

With this in mind, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation is proud to fund research  to identify the key elements of a strategy to achieve carbon neutrality in Georgia. Along the way, we will demonstrate the many co-benefits that come with scaling these solutions - from advancing equity in our communities to improving human health to providing new economic opportunities for our state. We are grateful to our partners in embarking on this bold journey - The Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and The University of Georgia. These three institutions are also founding partners of the Georgia Climate Project, positioning them to identify the most impactful climate solutions from across the state.

From its booming solar industry to its place among the top states for electric vehicles to ambitious efforts to make commercial buildings more efficient, Georgia has made significant gains towards a low-carbon future. We are excited to see how much further we can go by leveraging the state’s vast network of academic institutions, corporate leaders, non-governmental organizations, and engaged citizens toward a common goal - Georgia Drawdown.


The Team


Marilyn Brown, Professor and Director, Climate and Energy Policy Lab, Georgia Tech

Kim Cobb, Professor and Director, Global Change Program, Georgia Tech

Michael Oxman, Managing Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Georgia Tech

Daniel Rochberg, Chief Strategy Officer, Climate@Emory

Marshall Shepherd, Professor and Director, Program in Atmospheric Sciences, UGA

Beril Toktay, Professor and Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Georgia Tech


Seeking Two Recent PhDs for Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Georgia Drawdown Initiative seeks two recent PhDs to become Georgia Drawdown Postdoctoral Fellows. The Initiative aims to create a transformational vision for the state of Georgia. Candidates will have the opportunity to participate in research and to collaborate with Principal Investigators and faculty from Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia, and Emory University, which comprise the core partners of the Georgia Climate Project. The team will deliver an assessment that identifies a set of 10-12 promising climate mitigation solutions for Georgia. Rigor, objectivity and credibility will be emphasized, enabling robust deliverables that can provide a foundation for future efforts.  Click here for more information.
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