Energy Modeling Platform Created at Georgia Tech Boosts Atlanta Clean Energy Project

Posted May 15, 2018

Matt Cox wants to change the world. But first, the Georgia Institute of Technology alumnus is working on changing the city of Atlanta.

Cox (Ph.D. Public Policy, 2014) is the founder of energy policy consulting firm The Greenlink Group. The company is playing a major role in the city’s ambitious effort to transition the entire city — from the tiniest lightbulb to the world’s busiest airport — to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

ATHENIA, and more broadly Greenlink, are a particularly public examples of the quality of work being done by students and faculty in the Environment and Energy Policy concentration at the School of Public Policy, and more broadly in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

“I think it’s important because it’s creating the next generation of leaders who are grounded broadly enough to direct the future of companies and agencies because they have that technical background and then the understanding of how public policies are shaped,” said Marilyn Brown, Regents Professor in the School of Public Policy.

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Marilyn Brown, Regents Professor in the School of Public Policy, poses with Greenlink Group Chief Technology Officer Xiaojing Sun, and Matt Cox, the company's chief executive officer and founder. Sun and Cox worked with Brown while the ATHENIA energy modeling platform was under development at the Climate and Energy Policy Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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