Our Work

City of Houston Sustainability Action Plan

In 2008 and 2009, the City of Houston published an Emissions Reduction Plan that has driven much of the City’s current energy efficiency and renewable energy activity. HARC is now working with the City of Houston to develop a Sustainability Action Plan that will lay out a strategy to continue the City’s existing current energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and will incorporate additional activities to further improve the sustainability of City operations. The plan will also consider climate mitigation and adaptation strategies for the City to implement through 2030.

The project is led by Dr. Gavin Dillingham, Research Scientist in Clean Energy Policy, with a support provided by Jennifer Ronk, Senior Research Scientist and Program Director of Environmental Science and Energy Efficiency. The Sustainability Action Plan will focus on City operations only and will allow the City of Houston to implement cost effective strategies regarding energy efficiency, water conservation, infrastructure development, renewable energy and other operations that will result in a City that works in a sustainable manner by both using resources more wisely, as well as improving operational resiliency. After completion of the plan, HARC will work with the City of Houston to develop a community wide Sustainability Action Plan.

Project Announcements

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Gavin Dillingham presented on public-private partnerships in energy efficiency at the Texas Gulf Coast 2015 USGBC Energy Summit on October 20, 2015 in Houston.

HARC in the Community

Visit Houston Advanced Research Center tent for Bike to Work Day at Whole Foods in The Woodlands on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

HARC in the Community

HARC will set up a booth at Earth Day Houston Festival at Discovery Green in Houston on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Jennifer Ronk will present at the Industrial Energy Efficiency Barriers and Solutions Webinar on April 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. CDT.


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