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Why Georgia?

It’s possible you might think that we’re the most unlikely state to lead on bold climate action; a so-called “southern” that would not step up to the kind of change we imagine as Drawdown Georgia. We’re not inclined to paint our movement with any one color, and we believe it’s a place where people of all stripes will come together to give the best of what we have to give - intellectually and passionately. Let’s build on the many innovative things that are already happening here, let’s put an inclusive and diverse lens on the challenges. Let’s bring climate solutions home.

Who We Are

An epiphany of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, the Drawdown Georgia road map was created by a working group of academic partners. Now we need you. Community and business leaders, policy makers, advocates, innovators, entrepreneurs and municipal officials — you have the power to breathe life into each of our solutions.

Core Research Team

Marilyn A. Brown, PhD, CEM, NAE, NAS

Interim Chair, School of Public Policy
Regents and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems
Georgia Institute of Technology

Blair Beasley

Principal, Net Zero Solutions, LLC
Consultant, Emory University

Kim Cobb, PhD

Georgia Power Chair
Director, Global Change Program
ADVANCE Professor, College of Science,
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Georgia Institute of Technology

Michael Oxman

Managing Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business
Professor of the Practice, Sustainable Business
Scheller College of Business
Georgia Institute of Technology

Daniel Rochberg

Chief Strategy Officer,  Climate@Emory
Instructor, Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health, 
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University

Marshall Shepherd, PhD

Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Geography
Director, UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program
Full Professor, Department of Geography
University of Georgia

Beril Toktay, PhD

Professor and Brady Family Chair
Faculty Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business
Scheller College of Business
Georgia Institute of Technology

Marilyn A. Brown, PhD, CEM, NAE, NAS

Interim Chair, School of Public Policy
Regents and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems
Georgia Institute of Technology

Puneet Dwivedi, PhD

Associate Professor, Forest Sustainability
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of Georgia

David M. Iwaniec, PhD

Assistant Professor, Urban Sustainability
Urban Studies Institute, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University

Sudhagar Mani, PhD

Professor of BioChemical Engineering
School of Chemical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering
Adjunct Professor of Food Science & Technology
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
University of Georgia

Daniel Matisoff, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology

Jacqueline E. Mohan, M.E.M., PhD

Associate Professor, Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology & Biogeochemistry Odum School of Ecology
University of Georgia

Michael Oxman

Managing Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business
Professor of the Practice, Sustainable Business
Scheller College of Business
Georgia Institute of Technology

Richard A. Simmons, PhD, PE

Director, Energy, Policy, and Innovation Center
Strategic Energy Institute
Georgia Institute of Technology

Laura Taylor, PhD

Professor and Chair, School of Economics
Georgia Institute of Technology
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