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HARC to Partner with City of Houston to Develop Climate Action Plan

Posting Date: 
Monday, October 8, 2018

The City of Houston recently announced its Climate Action Plan that will bring together stakeholders from across the community to develop a variety of cost-effective energy efficiency, renewable energy and transportation measures that will reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement.

HARC will serve as the technical advisor and lead researcher on the project. Directed by a team including Dr. Gavin Dillingham and Marina Badoian-Kriticos, researchers will provide expertise to run the models and to develop the most effective climate mitigation measures in the region.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news release that Houston has “a lot at stake,” and added that “every Houstonian needs to get involved and share their vision for a more sustainable and resilient Houston.”

To design the plan, the City is also partnering with C40, a global non-profit that works with cities to develop and implement plans to mitigate carbon risk.

“In follow up to our work on the City of Houston’s Sustainability Action Plan, this initiative will support environmental sustainability community-wide,” states Dr. Dillingham. “HARC is honored yet again to assist the city in achieving a more resilient future.”

The target completion date for the plan is December 2019 and its publication will allow the City to start in 2020 with a defined path forward to reduce carbon emissions and continue to lead global cities in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The plan is funded by CenterPoint Energy and the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation.

Learn more about the plan by visiting City of Houston’s Climate Action Plan website.