On March 8, 2017, HARC hosted its second People and Nature Speaker Series event featuring climate scientist and communicator, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. Her research as an atmospheric scientist focuses on developing and applying high-resolution climate projections to understand what climate change means for people and the natural environment. Dr. Hayhoe is the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, as well the creator of a PBS Digital Studios short series, Global Weirding: Climate, Politics and Religion. She has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People and the Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers, as well as one of POLITICO’s 50 thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics.
During the event at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, she spoke to the crowd assembled at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston about the need for climate resilience planning in Texas. HARC received support from sponsors including the Hershey Foundation, Brookstone Construction, Gensler, the Houston Technology Center, and Sterling Associates.