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Message from Our Directors

The COVID-19 pandemic is an important reminder of our interdependence across geographies, institutions, communities, businesses, and governments. Several parallels between COVID-19 and other critical global issues such as climate change, clean water access, and sustainable production and consumption could not be clearer. Decision-making based on scientific research is our best defense. Early and coordinated action at international, national, and local scales makes a big difference. Our collective response necessitates sincere empathy for others as well as lasting collaboration that transcends traditional boundaries.

As a Center that empowers current and future leaders to create sustainable businesses and communities, and a convener for collective impact, we support all of our partners’ efforts in responding to this immediate crisis. In this spirit, we invite your ideas as to how we can come together as a sustainability-minded community to share information, support organizations in need, and facilitate collaboration. We invite our business partners in particular to leverage their unique assets and capabilities in addressing the impacts of this crisis.

Please email us at  with your thoughts.

Beril Toktay, Faculty Director
Michael Oxman, Managing Director 

Resources for the Community

RCE Greater Atlanta is maintaining two crowdsourced documents related to COVID-19. The first is a Care & Exchange Google Sheet for specific needs and services (e.g., person-to-person). The second is a Google Doc with a list of general resources that are particularly applicable to our region. The RCE Greater Atlanta welcomes your input!

The United Way and The Community Foundation have formed the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. Please consider making a donation that can help to provide immediate support to those in need. Need Help? Connect with the 2-1-1 Contact Center.

Atlanta Magazine offers tips for helping those in need in Atlanta, including the homeless, the elderly, restaurant workers, animal shelters, and more.

Atlanta’s 11 Alive shares a list of resources geared specifically toward families, from educational help and virtual museum tours to food services and low-cost or free internet plans.

News Roundup: COVID-19’s Impact on Sustainability
Politico Europe explores COVID-19’s positive and negative impacts on the environment, such as improved air quality and piles of medical waste.

Aron Cramer, president and CEO of BSR, reflects on business lessons from phase one of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An article by NBC News discusses how temporary COVID-19 shutdowns have led to unintended climate benefits: cleaner air and clearer water.

A CNN article highlights the drop in CO2 emissions in China due to COVID-19. Experts say now is the time to push for longer-term changes.


Calls for Research

The White House calls on the tech community to create new text and data mining techniques that can help the science community tackle COVID-19.

The National Science Foundation announces Rapid Response Research funding for proposals that address the global challenge of COVID-19.

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science has issued a call for ideas about how to help address COVID-19 through science and technology efforts and collaborations.

About COVID-19
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
Tips & Best Practices
Washing hands. Sanitizing. Social distancing. There are many ways to protect yourself and your loved ones
from COVID-19.

Monitoring COVID-19 at Tech
For updates on health and exposure alerts, academic and business operations, housing, and more, visit the "Monitoring Coronavirus" page.