The Carbon Reduction Challenge began as a class project that Dr. Kim Cobb initiated in 2007. After running as a class for 10 years, the Challenge was expanded to internships and co-ops with a grant from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation NextGen Fund and the Scheller College Dean’s innovation fund, and in collaboration with Dr. Beril Toktay. In 2018, the Sheth Foundation committed to generous cash prizes recognizing the highest impact teams. To date, projects totaling 12 million pounds of carbon reduction savings have been approved at partner organizations.

The Carbon Reduction Challenge is a collaboration between the Global Change Program and the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business.

GT Global Change Program
Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business


Kim Cobb

Kim Cobb

Director, Global Change Program

Kim Cobb studies paleoclimate and climate change. Her lab's mission is to uncover the mechanisms of global climate change, both natural and anthropogenic, in order to inform projections of future climate change. Her research group focuses primarily on the generation of new high-resolution records of past tropical Pacific climate variability from corals and cave stalagmites, with an emphasis on the last decades to centuries. Through the thoughtful combination of climate models and data, Cobb seeks to characterize natural climate variability in this region and identify climate trends that are associated with anthropogenic climate change.

Beril Toktay

Beril Toktay

Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business

Beril Toktay holds the Brady Family Chair and is Faculty Director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Professor of Operations Management and ADVANCE Professor. Her primary research areas are sustainable operations and supply chain management. Professor Toktay's research has been funded by several National Science Foundation grants and has received distinctions such as the 2010 Brady Family Award for Faculty Research Excellence. Her research articles have appeared in refereed journals such as Management Science, M&SOM, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management and Industrial Ecology. She was formerly Associate Professor of Operations Management at INSEAD.


The following organizations support the Carbon Reduction Challenge.

Ray C. Anderson Foundation
Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business
Sheth Family Foundation

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Support the Challenge

Interested in supporting the Carbon Reduction Challenge? Contact us at carbonreduction@gatech.edu.