The Southeast is emerging as a hub for clean energy industries, and this changing climate has created unique challenges and opportunities. To identify the strategic science and technology opportunities and gaps unique to the Southeast, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory co-hosted the 2023 Southeast Decarbonization Workshop. The workshop brought together community members and regional experts to strategize on opportunities in this important area. Ultimately, the goal of the workshop was to start conversations about accelerating progress and impacts in decarbonization on both the research and implementation fronts, as this effort benefits our communities in so many ways.

Topics of discussion focused on innovation, demonstration, and system interactions related to decarbonization efforts and will include: 

  • Identifying strategic science and technology gaps unique to the southeastern United States; 
  • Engaging in a diversity of views and promote benefits for all; 
  • Exploring nature- and place-based climate solutions that are sensitive to environmental and social assets including water, land, and communities.

Attendance was by invitation only. 

For more information, please reach out to  

Dr. Marilyn Brown                                                          Dr. Peter Thornton     
Georgia Tech | Climate & Energy Policy Lab                Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Climate Change Science Institute           

Workshop Presentation

Presentations from the two-day sessions can be accessed via the link below:

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Innovation | Demonstration | Deployment | System Interactions



Bill Moore Student Success Center   
219 Uncle Heinie Way NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
November 6-7, 2023


11:30 a.m.Workshop RegistrationClary Reception
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.Lunch BuffetPres. Suite
12:40 - 1:00 p.m.Welcome Address     
Tim Lieuwen (Georgia Tech) & Susan Hubbard (ORNL)
Clary Theatre
1:00 - 1:30 p.m.Plenary Talk     
Kelly Cummins (Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, DOE)
Clary Theatre
1:30 - 1:45 p.m.Cafe Conversations Kick-off: Q&A with Session Co-ChairsClary Theatre
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.Session 1: Innovation     
Where are we and where are we going?     
Mandy Mahoney (Director, Building Technologies Office, DOE)     

Cafe Conversations
Co-Chairs: David McCollum (ORNL) & Richard Gruber (Georgia Tech)   
Pres. Suite
15 minute Coffee Break
3:45 - 5:15 p.m.Session 2: Demonstration - Applied Innovation for Field Validation     
Cafe Conversations
Co-Chairs: Richard Simmons (Georgia Tech) & Edgar Lara-Curzio (ORNL)     
Pres. Suite
Move to Press Box Evening Activities
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.Reception 
- Insight Panel featuring science/tech, state/local, and student perspectives 
Press Box
6.30 - 8:00 p.m.Plenary Talk & Dinner     
Nathaniel Smith, Partnership for Southern Equity
Pres. Suite
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.Breakfast & NetworkingPres. Suite
8:30 - 9:45 amSession 3: Deployment and Scale         
Cafe Conversations
Co-Chairs: Robert Wagner (ORNL) & Michael Oxman (Georgia Tech)
Pres. Suite
15-minute Coffee Break 
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.Session 4: System Interactions     
Where are we and where are we going?     
Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commission     

Cafe Conversations
Co-Chairs: Marilyn Brown (Georgia Tech) & Peter Thornton (ORNL)
Pres. Suite
Move to Plenary Session
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Insight Panel featuring science/tech, state/local, and student perspectivesClary Theatre
12:15.- 1:15 p.m."Corporate Decarbonization Initiatives in the Southeast" Panel
Moderator:  Beril Toktay 
Featuring:   Ken Shiver (Southern Company), Liz Minne 
                    (Interface), Burt Fealing (Southwire), 
                    Joanna Chavez (Delta Air Lines)
Clary Theatre
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.Closing Remarks     
Tim Lieuwen (Georgia Tech) & Susan Hubbard (ORNL)
Clary Theatre
Boxed Lunches (Pres. Suite or To-go)
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.Closed Session     
Next Steps for Signature Georgia Tech / ORNL Partnership
Pres. Suite

20 Excellent Books on Decarbonization

Collage of book covers on decarbonization