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Anderson Foundation support for statewide climate project

Alan Flurry

Important news for The Georgia Climate Project, a statewide consortium of university researchers focused on helping Georgia localities facing the challenges of a changing climate:

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded a $650,000 grant to Emory University to advance the Georgia Climate Project, a state-wide consortium co-founded by Emory, the University of Georgia, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and joined by Agnes Scott College, Georgia Southern University, Spelman College, and the University of North Georgia. 

This foundational grant will support efforts to build a network of experts who can improve understanding of climate impacts and solutions and better position Georgia to respond to a changing climate.  Working with partners in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the Georgia Climate Project recently released a 40-question Georgia Climate Research Roadmap. Planned upcoming activities include a Georgia Climate Information Portal, a collection of Georgia Climate Stories, expanded support for student-driven climate solutions, and a Georgia Climate Conference November 7-8, 2019.

“Our universities have tremendous expertise to examine and explore solutions for climate change in the State of Georgia,” says Dwight A. McBride, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Emory University. “This grant offers Georgia institutions an opportunity to leverage our shared research expertise to address one of this century’s defining challenges.”   

The Georgia Climate Project is focusing on the practical risks and opportunities associated with a changing climate. “This partnership, which is generously supported by the Anderson Foundation, demonstrates the commitment of Georgia’s universities to the health and economic vitality of our state,” says University of Georgia Interim Provost Libby V. Morris.

With the broad efforts of many our best faculty members, in collaboration with their colleagues at Georgia Tech, Emory and now several other institutions from around the state, this solutions-focused project will continue and expand its work. It is also significant that the Anderson Foundation, which echoes its founder's ethos of wedding business success with civic responsibility, has chosen to become involved with this vital statewide effort. We're proud to support our faculty as they re-confirm UGA's commitment to local stakeholders and policy officials in cities and towns across Georgia. Congratulations as you continue to be a positive influence and source of expertise.

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