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Houston Advanced Research Center to Host 2017 People & Nature Speaker Series

Posting Date: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Houston Advanced Research Center to Host 2017 People & Nature Speaker Series

HOUSTON (March 1, 2017) – The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) will host distinguished climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe as part of its 2017 People & Nature Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 8, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Brown Auditorium. The event will feature a lecture given by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, followed by a Q&A session and cocktail reception.

Dr. Hayhoe is an acclaimed professor and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, having received extensive national recognition, including being named as one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People and Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers. As a leading atmospheric scientist, as well as an evangelical Christian, Dr. Hayhoe has a unique and earnest approach to climate change. Her ability to reach a broader and more diverse audience has made her one of the most prominent and influential climate communicators in the country, leading to notable appearances on shows like Bill Moyers, PBS Global Weirding, National Geographic and at SXSLawn.

“The People & Nature Series is intended to stimulate conversations between renowned experts, decision makers and the public, to trigger community engagement and inspire people to address various sustainability issues in greater Houston region,” said Lisa Gonzalez, President of HARC. “We are delighted to have Dr. Hayhoe share her expertise with the Houston community. As a major metropolitan area and energy capital that will see continued growth in the coming years, the greater Houston-Galveston region cannot afford to ignore the issue of climate change. We believe Dr. Hayhoe’s unique perspective and contribution to the conversation will facilitate future discussions between decision makers and the public so that we can embark on a path toward increasing climate resilience in the region.”

“When I moved to Texas 10 years ago, I didn't know what to expect,” said Dr. Hayhoe. “I study climate change, one of the most politicized issues in the entire U.S. If we're serious about it, we have to wean ourselves off fossil fuels. That's not a popular message in a state best known for its oil and gas.” “But Texas surprised me. It surprised me by how many different kinds of people, from oilfield engineers to Christian college students, want to talk about why climate change matters—to us and to everyone else on this planet.” Dr. Hayhoe’s lecture will address Houston’s diverse community and explore why climate change matters to Texas.

Tickets to this event can be purchased online at; prices are $25 for general admission and $15 for students/nonprofits/government/educators. For more information about HARC visit Event sponsors include the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation, Brookstone Construction Managers, Sterling Associates, Gensler, and the Houston Technology Center.

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About the Houston Advanced Research Center
HARC is a nonprofit research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers. Its research activities support the implementation of policies and technologies that promote sustainability based on scientific principles. HARC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization building a sustainable future in which people thrive and nature flourishes. For further information, contact HARC at (281) 364-6000 or visit You can also connect with us via Facebook or Twitter. Like or follow @HARCresearch.

Brittney Garneau, Pierpont Communications

Julie O’Toole, HARC