What is drawdown?

Drawdown is that point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. Inspired by Project Drawdown, there are five sectors where Georgia has the potential to leverage the most change: Electricity, Food & Agriculture, Land Sinks, Transportation, and Buildings & Materials. Georgia’s problem is simple—we emit 125 megatons of CO2 per year, and our goal is ambitious. If we get this right, we’ll reduce our carbon impact to 69 megatons by 2030.

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What’s possible by 2030?

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Bring climate solutions home

You’ll see yourself, your business, and your community in many of the 20 solutions in our plan, because we’ve tailored our mission very specifically to Georgia’s unique economic, natural and social resources.

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Electricity

Natural gas, nuclear power, and coal fuel more than 90% of Georgia’s electricity generation. A small amount of the state’s net generation is provided from renewable resources — which means the potential pay-off of Drawdown solutions is high.

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Food & Agriculture

In Georgia, about 2.1 million tons of food is wasted each year. A 50% reduction in food waste would reduce about 4.3 megatons of CO2e emissions by 2030.

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Land Sinks

Georgia’s 22 million acres of working forests help offset the state’s CO2 emissions and can sequester one to four tons of carbon per acre, per year in trees, soil, and other vegetation. Increasing forest cover by 3.4% would increase annual CO2e storage by 1 megaton per year by 2030.

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Transportation

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular nationwide and in Georgia, but the higher price tag remains a barrier for many drivers. Electric and fuel-efficient vehicles, as well as the infrastructure needed for public transportation and alternate mobility, will put Georgia on the road to Drawdown.

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Buildings & Materials

Buildings are huge energy hogs, and some of the materials that you’ll find inside them, like hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants and recyclable materials, are big emitters. Improving how we design, source, and build infrastructure is on par with the choices we make for how to fill and power homes, offices, schools, and other structures.

We go beyond carbon

The changing climate affects our economy, equity, public health, and the environment. Drawdown Georgia’s solutions offer direct and indirect impacts on these issues across our diverse population.

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Economy

The vast majority of Drawdown Georgia solutions will help create jobs, such as for waste management personnel, solar installers, or home retrofit contractors. However, it’s possible that these new opportunities will also displace some workers as these solutions replace current practices - an important consideration as solutions are implemented.

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Equity

Too often, communities are left out of the conversation when it comes to climate solutions, and even more often, you bear the worst of climate impacts. Getting it right means that we are all at the table together. The litmus test for each solution must be that it lifts people and communities up.

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Public Health

We favor solutions like electric vehicles, mass transportation, alternative mobility, healthy buildings, cleaner refrigerants, and renewable energy because they improve air quality and reduce the chance that our kids will have allergies and asthma. Shifting to a plant-forward diet and a kinder, gentler agricultural system nourishes our bodies and our ecosystem.

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Environment

Air quality improvements are probably the first thing that come to mind when you think about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but the benefits don’t stop there. The Drawdown solutions that target our food systems, forests, and land use will have positive impacts on the quality and quantity of our water supply as efficiencies are improved and soil erosion is reduced.

How we’ll get there

We’re crowdsolving by bringing together the collective genius from all corners of the state to bring our solutions to life. Crowdsolving is the idea that loosely connected people can come together to solve difficult problems and bring big ideas to life. The common thread is a shared vision, and that’s what Drawdown Georgia is. We’re betting on the idea that people all over our state have both the vision and the know-how to scale the critical solutions that will transform our climate over the next decade. And we’re counting on the fact that we’ll come together as Drawdown Georgia to make it happen.

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Let’s have dinner

Imagine a Georgia beyond carbon. A state that leads the way. What will it take to get there? And how will this shift benefit our communities, our environment, and future generations? In partnership with Civic Dinners, we invite you to the table for a conversation series about the future of Georgia. This virtual conversation series will explore Drawdown Georgia’s climate solutions.

Sign up to learn more about this moment in history and unique opportunity to help re-envision a Georgia beyond carbon. We hope you’ll join us.

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Who we are

An epiphany of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Drawdown Georgia has emerged from a working group of partners that have led the research to identify and vet the top solutions that leverage Georgia’s unique economic, social, and natural resources.

The Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and The University of Georgia are founding partners of the Georgia Climate Project, and partners on the Drawdown Georgia journey. With Project Drawdown as our North Star, Drawdown Georgia is bringing climate solutions home.

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