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. In follow up, HARC developed a Sustainability Action Plan that created a strategy to incorporate additional activities to improve the sustainability of City operations and to support the City’s existing current energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. The plan also considers climate mitigation and adaptation strategies for the City to implement through 2030.

The project was led by Dr. Gavin Dillingham, Research Scientist in Clean Energy Policy, with support provided by Jennifer Ronk, Senior Research Scientist and Program Director of Environmental Science and Energy Efficiency. The Sustainability Action Plan focuses on City operations only and allows 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.

In follow up, 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.

Project Announcements

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

HARC set up a display at the Second Annual Bike the Woodlands Day and Bike to Work Day on May 13, 2014, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Project Announcements

In partnership with the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), HARC is launching the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program Texas Industrial Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) grant.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

David Hitchcock presented at the Earth Day celebration on Lone Star College-Montgomery Campus on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Press Releases

HARC is pleased to announced the 2014 George P. Mitchell Energy Program Webinar Series. The series will kick-off on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 1:30PM and will cover HARC’s latest research on K-12 energy management programs in Texas. Future programs will include presentations for the oil and gas, energy efficiency and renewable energy industries. Planned energy efficiency webinars will include best practices in energy management for B and C commercial office space, energy efficiency financing opportunities and energy related highlights for the 2015 legislative session.


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