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 Georgia Drawdown team hosted the Introduction to Georgia Drawdown Webinar on Friday, August 2nd. With 147 participants and nearly 100 questions, it was clear that there is great interest in identifying solutions for achieving carbon neutrality in Georgia.
Check out the Webinar PDF here, or watch the webinar on YouTube below.