Drawdown Georgia Resource Portal

Inspired by Project Drawdown and funded by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, the Drawdown Georgia project aims to identify a set of solutions to help Georgia achieve 'drawdown', or the point at which greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations begin to decline on a year-to-year basis, and lead the state of Georgia on a path to carbon neutrality.
 

The Drawdown Georgia website is hosted at: https://info.drawdownga.org.

Sign up to stay informed about Drawdown Georgia. For more information, contact drawdown@gatech.edu.

Drawdown Georgia at Greenprints 2020

The Academic Research team presented the findings of the carbon sinks and Mt CO2 reductions that are technically feasible to reach achieve a net zero GHG footprint and sell excess credits into carbon offset markets.

Achievable Potential
Download the 50-page slide deck of Drawdown Georgia

The Drawdown Georgia project was spotlighted in a half-day of activities at the August 6, 2020, Southface Institute’s Greenprints Conference. The project was introduced by John Lanier (Ray C. Anderson Foundation) and Daniel Rochberg (Emory University), then described in some detail by Marilyn Brown (Georgia Tech). Five high-profile Drawdown Georgia solutions were then introduced: Rooftop Solar (Marilyn Brown), Demand Response (Matt Cox), Composting (Sudhagar Mani), Retrofitting (Shane Totten), and Electric Vehicles (Rich Simmons). Before breaking into discussion sessions, Michael Oxman (Georgia Tech) described the Beyond Carbon considerations. The break-out discussions were synthesized in Miro Boards – characterizing Accelerators, Barriers, Beyond Carbon, and Promising Approaches. The participants offered lots of ideas and insights, which was a key goal of the event.

Community Roundtable Moderators
  Drawdown Expert Facilitator Beyond Carbon Rep Notetakers
Rooftop Solar Marilyn Brown Daniel Rochberg Michael Oxman Hamilton Steimer
Demand Response Matt Cox Lisa Bianchi-Fossati Beril Toktay Oliver Chapman
Alyson Laura
Composting Sudhagar Mani Marshall Shepherd David Iwaniec Rachel Usher
Retrofitting Shane Totten Blair Beasley David Eady Valentina Snmiguel
Electric Vehicles Rich Simons Anne Blair Laura Taylor Caleb Weed

 

Establish Multi-Disciplinary Workgroups  - Completed Fall 2019

Six sector workgroups are comprised of faculty, researchers, and graduate students at four universities: Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Emory University, and Georgia State.

Activities:

1. Hosted a Workshop at the Kendeda Living Building, Georgia Tech, November 6th, 2019 

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2. Presented workplans and preliminary results at the 2019 Georgia Climate Conference, Emory University

Down-select High Impact Solutions - Completed Spring 2020

working paper
47 Page Narrative of the Research Process
Appendix Thumbnail
187 Pages of Research Findings

Read the 04-05-2020 Working Paper and Appendix

This working paper (on left) describes the first phase of our research, involving a fact-based assessment of Project Drawdown's solutions, to identify those that could significantly reduce Georgia’s carbon footprint by 2030.  The Appendix (on right) includes logic diagrams, info sheets, and references describing 75 individual solutions. Below is a quick reference of the 21 high impact solutions, organized by sector, which are retained for further research into costs and benefits required for carbon drawdown.

Download the 2-sided solutions information sheet

Front of 1 pagers  Back of 1-pagers

 

Final Products - Summer & Fall 2020

Activities:

1. Drawdown Georgia's 20 High-Impact 2030 Solutions

Electricity

  • Cogeneration   Cogen icon
    16 additional 25 MW cogen plants using waste heat to generate electricity

  • Demand Response  Demand Response icon 
    187,000 households participate in a demand-response program, reducing 10% of their peak demand

  • Rooftop Solar  Home with solar panel
    295,000 new 5 KW home solar systems

  • Large-Scale Solar Large scale solar icon
    10 additional 100 MW solar farms and 36 additional 5 MW community solar systems 

  • Landfill Methane Landfill methane icon
    4 typical landfill facilities with 5 MW gas-to-energy systems


Transportation


Buildings & Materials


Food & Agriculture

  • Composting  Composting Icon
    Divert ~2 million tons of organic wastes including food waste from landfilling to composting by 2030
  • Conservation Agriculture  Conservation Agriculture Icon
    Adapt additional 1.6 million acres of croplands into conservation agriculture practices in Georgia
  • Plant-Rich Diet Tomato and Carrot Plan Icon
    25% of Georgia population shifts to plant-rich or low-carbon diets 
  • Reduced Food Waste Reduced Food Waste Icon
    Reduce about 12% of current food waste 

Land Sinks

2. The Science Behind Drawdown Georgia: Reducing Georgia's Carbon Footprint in  Beneficial and Equitable Ways