Newsletter Archive

HARC Newsletter | March 2018

Beyond Platinum
In 2014, HARC's Board and leadership made the decision to move forward with the design and construction of a headquarters building that strongly exemplifies HARC’s sustainability mission. In partnership with the design team led by Gensler, HARC set out to create a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified green building with the potential of achieving HARC’s goal of a net-zero energy (NZE) building.

It has been almost a year since we moved into our new home. Last September the building achieved LEED Platinum certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), becoming the first Platinum new Building Design and Construction project in The Woodlands and Montgomery County, Texas. Our formal plaque ceremony took place on February 6, 2018 in the presence of our Board of Directors, the USGBC, staff, and guests.
Read More
Featured Researcher
Carlos Gamarra, PE
Research Associate, Clean Energy Technology
Carlos Gamarra is a Research Associate for Clean Energy Technologies at HARC, and Assistant Director of the US DOE’s South Central and Upper West Combined Heat and Power TAPs. As a researcher, he is currently working on the development of methods and tools to assess long-term profitability scenarios for electrical microgrids. He is also part of HARC’s new certified LEED Platinum building management team, working on the improvement of its energy efficiency and towards its Net Zero goals.
Read More
Announcements & Events
April 17, 2018 People & Nature Speaker Series: Rear Admiral Jonathan White, US Navy (Ret.)
On Tuesday, April 17th, HARC will continue its People & Nature Speaker Series featuring an evening with Rear Admiral Jonathan White, United States Navy (Retired), CEO and President of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Admiral White will discuss climate and ocean issues in the context of national security, energy and economic prosperity with a focus on opportunities and solutions for the future. The event, held at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Brown Auditorium, will begin at 6:00 pm. Guests are invited to continue the conversation at a post-event reception.
Read More
HARC Awarded Prestigious LEED Platinum Green Building Certification
HARC's Platinum certification is the highest environmental building achievement attainable by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making HARC the first LEED Platinum building in The Woodlands and Montgomery County.
Read More
HARC President Lisa Gonzalez to discuss resilience at The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. lecture series March 27th
Lisa Gonzalez has been invited to speak on the importance of a resilient infrastructure at the next Going Green Sustainability Lecture series event, sponsored by The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. on March 27, 2018.
Read More
Reducing Emissions at Oil and Gas Facilities with Infrared Imaging
The drive to reduce emissions in oil and gas operations and industrial facilities has led to the expanding use of infrared imaging to “see” gases such as methane that are invisible to the human eye.
Read More
HARC Environmental Science for Area Teachers: HARC Research Scientist Carolyn LaFleur addresses Teacher Training Session
HARC Research Scientist Carolyn LaFleur, P.E. was invited to speak at a recent training event for Environmental Science teachers from local school districts.
Read More
HARC Research Scientist Panelist at Empowering Texas Communities 2018 Conference
HARC Research Scientist, Marina Badoian-Kriticos served as a panelist at the Empowering Texas Communities Conference discussing energy efficiency, sustainability and multi-family clean energy community development.
Read More
HARC Research Scientist Moderator at City of Houston PACE Seminar
On February 28, HARC Research Scientist, Marina Badoian-Kriticos presented on Property Assessed Clean Energy at the City of Houston’s Green Building Resource Center PACE seminar.
Read More
HARC Research Scientist Addresses Agricultural Communities
HARC Research Scientist, Marina Badoian-Kriticos, was invited to speak about TX-PACE, post-disaster recovery and resilience and the 33rd Annual Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference on February 8, 2018.
Read More
Post-Harvey Task Force Web Application
In the days following Hurricane Harvey, researchers all over the Galveston Bay region were anxious to get out in the field and collect samples to study the impacts of the flooding on Galveston Bay and the bayous.
Read More
APGA Educational Webinar: CHP and Reliability
On February 28, 2018, Gavin Dillingham led a webinar on CHP & Reliability for members of the American Public Gas Association.
Read More
Public Invited to Comment on The Galveston Bay Plan
Join stakeholders from around the region and provide public comment on The Galveston Bay Plan on Monday, March 5, 2018.
Read More
Dr. Gavin Dillingham panelist at CoreNet/IFMA Lunch Panel February 8
Dr. Gavin Dillingham, Program Director, Clean Energy Policy, served as a panelist at the CoreNet/IFMA Lunch Panel Discussion concerning how to recover and rebuild after Harvey on February 8, 2018.
Read More
Dr. Gavin Dillingham presented CHP for Energy Resilience at SAME-IFMA Facilities Management Workshop
HARC Research Scientist, Dr. Gavin Dillingham, presented on Combined Heat and Power for Energy Resilience at the SAME-IFMA Facilities Management Workshop in San Antonio, Texas on February 9, 2018.
Read More
HARC in the news
Thursday, February 22, 2018
HARC Facility Recognized as 2018 Houston Business Journal Landmark Award Finalist
Each year, the Houston Business Journal's Landmark Awards recognize real estate projects that are making a significant impression on the Houston landscape and improve the look, feel and image of the city. HARC was honored to learn that its LEED-Platinum facility is a finalist in the “Headquarters Move” category.
Read More
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
What will be the future of renewable energy in Houston?
Houston Matters talk with Dr. Gavin Dillingham, Program Director for Clean Energy Policy at the Houston Advanced Research Center; and Lara Cottingham, Deputy Assistant Director for the City of Houston’s Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department to explore the ramification on NRG's decision.
Read More
Visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about HARC
View this and prior newsletters in our archive
8801 Gosling Road, TX 77381, USA
HARC is a research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers. We are focused on building a sustainable future that helps people thrive and nature flourish.

HARC and its EarthShare of Texas partners are thankful to benefit from Reliant Energy’s EcoShare Program, an easy and affordable way to purchase carbon offsets and directly contribute to local environmental efforts.
You can help HARC continue to fulfill its mission through your support.