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Georgia businesses collaborating on fighting climate change

Coca-Cola joined with several other Georgia businesses for a project devoted to fighting climate change.
Coca-Cola joined with several other Georgia businesses for a project devoted to fighting climate change.
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A group of Georgia businesses is coming together to work on climate change. The project, called the Drawdown Georgia Business Compact, launches this month.

The 15 founding members of the project are big and small companies in Georgia, including Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Norfolk Southern and Goodr, which is a local company working on hunger and food waste.

The businesses will collaborate with each other, said Michael Oxman, managing director at the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at Georgia Tech, which is behind the project.

“The ideas can be anything from common challenges like how do we get EV [electric vehicle] infrastructure in place, how can we do more around conservation agriculture, how can we expand large-scale solar,” he said.

Oxman said the companies might work with their own employees on sustainability ideas, engage with students and also think up start-ups that could come out of the collaborative.

The participating companies also have to support a statewide goal of net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050.

“Where we’re going isn’t going to happen overnight. Being part of this collaborative and making these pledges is super important. But we do have to educate a lot of people,” said Jasmine Crowe, the CEO of Goodr.

The project comes out of the Drawdown Georgia initiative, which is a group finding and studying ways for Georgia to cut down on the emissions that cause climate change.