HARC

HARC is a multi-faceted organization that supports the sustainability work of communities and local governments, non-profit organizations, and private and public sector institutions.

HARC is a research hub providing independent analysis on
energy, air, climate, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers.

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Moving Forward with C-PACE - Houston Advanced Research Center 06/25/2021

Moving Forward with C-PACE - Houston Advanced Research Center

Register today for Jul 28 Webinar - Moving Forward with C-PACE!

Join us for an interactive conversation about the benefits that the Texas C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing program offers to businesses as we transition to a post-COVID market. Tenants are demanding better air quality, air circulation, and sanitation and Texas C-PACE provides a path to help free up capital, reduce costs, and finance related property improvements. A panel of subject matter experts will discuss the roles of building systems in minimizing infectious diseases and improving facility efficiency and how property owners can use Texas C-PACE to move forward and finance these projects.

Register today -> https://bit.ly/2U1h3r9.

#sustainability
#Texas
#CPACE
#energy
#IAQ

Moving Forward with C-PACE - Houston Advanced Research Center Join us for an interactive conversation about the benefits that the Texas C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing program offers to businesses as we transition to a post-COVID market. Tenants are demanding better air quality, air circulation, and sanitation and Texas C-PACE prov...

06/25/2021

Texas homes aren’t winterized. Texans dripped faucets to protect their pipes from freeze. Running faucets stressed water supplies, contributing to water outages. During #WinterStormUri, many pipes burst, damaging homes and businesses across the state. Learn more: Harcresearch.org/Uri.

#WaterInsecurity
#WaterEnergyNexus

Texas homes aren’t winterized. Texans dripped faucets to protect their pipes from freeze. Running faucets stressed water supplies, contributing to water outages. During #WinterStormUri, many pipes burst, damaging homes and businesses across the state. Learn more: Harcresearch.org/Uri.

#WaterInsecurity
#WaterEnergyNexus

Drainage, flood planning efforts seek funding in The Woodlands and south Montgomery County - Houston Advanced Research Center 06/21/2021

Drainage, flood planning efforts seek funding in The Woodlands and south Montgomery County - Houston Advanced Research Center

HARC in the news: Drainage, flood planning efforts seek funding in The Woodlands and south Montgomery County. Read more -> https://bit.ly/3zKDJw8 #science #research #news

Drainage, flood planning efforts seek funding in The Woodlands and south Montgomery County - Houston Advanced Research Center The Woodlands area has largely been spared the widespread, catastrophic flooding seen in parts of the Greater Houston area in events such as Hurricane Harvey, but officials said now is the time to act to prevent those scenarios from unfolding in south Montgomery County.

06/18/2021

#DYK? Our infrastructure is connected: power outages turned into water outages. Following #WinterStormUri, there were >14.9M Texans with unsafe water on 2/19. HARC researchers are continuing this work to find out who was impacted by outages. Learn more: Harcresearch.org/Uri.

How did Winter Storm Uri impact you? Post your story below.

#TexasBlackouts

#DYK? Our infrastructure is connected: power outages turned into water outages. Following #WinterStormUri, there were >14.9M Texans with unsafe water on 2/19. HARC researchers are continuing this work to find out who was impacted by outages. Learn more: Harcresearch.org/Uri.

How did Winter Storm Uri impact you? Post your story below.

#TexasBlackouts

06/14/2021

Register today for June 17 International Water Resources Association (IWRA) Webinar! The virtual program will focus on response strategies for emerging and current problems facing the ten rivers highlighted in SERIDAS, a HARC collaborative research project. Learn more -> https://bit.ly/3iCxrsx.

On that same day, Cambridge University Press will publish a book on the SERIDAS project. The publication features case studies on the ten rivers studied, analysis of the challenges they face, and policy responses the authors recommend.

Register today for June 17 International Water Resources Association (IWRA) Webinar! The virtual program will focus on response strategies for emerging and current problems facing the ten rivers highlighted in SERIDAS, a HARC collaborative research project. Learn more -> https://bit.ly/3iCxrsx.

On that same day, Cambridge University Press will publish a book on the SERIDAS project. The publication features case studies on the ten rivers studied, analysis of the challenges they face, and policy responses the authors recommend.

06/08/2021

Today we celebrate #WorldOceansDay to remind us of the major role oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, a major source of food and medicine, and a critical part of the biosphere.

HARC’s water research emphasizes the protection of watersheds, the impacts and solutions of nature-based infrastructure, and sharing the importance of healthy coastal ecosystems, therefore protecting our oceans.

Read more here -> https://bit.ly/3x2oIDV.

#water
#ocean
#science
#research

Today we celebrate #WorldOceansDay to remind us of the major role oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, a major source of food and medicine, and a critical part of the biosphere.

HARC’s water research emphasizes the protection of watersheds, the impacts and solutions of nature-based infrastructure, and sharing the importance of healthy coastal ecosystems, therefore protecting our oceans.

Read more here -> https://bit.ly/3x2oIDV.

#water
#ocean
#science
#research

06/04/2021

#DYK? In the aftermath of #winterstormuri, cascading power plant failures led ERCOT to declare an emergency and impose controlled outages across the state. Outages were supposed to role but were sustained for many. Over 4M Texans were without power between February 15 and February 19. Learn more: Harcresearch.org/Uri.

#TexasBlackouts

#DYK? In the aftermath of #winterstormuri, cascading power plant failures led ERCOT to declare an emergency and impose controlled outages across the state. Outages were supposed to role but were sustained for many. Over 4M Texans were without power between February 15 and February 19. Learn more: Harcresearch.org/Uri.

#TexasBlackouts

06/03/2021

Join us for HARC’s Energy Crossroads podcast where we talk how affordable clean energy solutions can help bridge the green divide. In this episode of Energy Crossroads, we are joined by Dana Harmon, the executive director of Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute (TEPRI). Listen now -> https://bit.ly/2TApAB7

#cleanenergy
#renewableenergy
#power

Join us for HARC’s Energy Crossroads podcast where we talk how affordable clean energy solutions can help bridge the green divide. In this episode of Energy Crossroads, we are joined by Dana Harmon, the executive director of Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute (TEPRI). Listen now -> https://bit.ly/2TApAB7

#cleanenergy
#renewableenergy
#power

Livestream 05/28/2021

Livestream

Join @LisaG_HARC shortly for a roundtable virtual discussion on #clean #Texas #energy. Panel featuring @SecGranholm includes @LisaG_HARC, @JacksonLeeTX18, @RepFletcher, and @houmayor. Learn more about HARC’s clean energy research.

Livestream now -> https://www.energy.gov/livestream.

Livestream Watch live events from Energy Department headquarters in Washington, D.C.

05/28/2021

#DYK? Much of Texas’ power is supplied by natural gas & plants need reliable fuel supply. The supply chain is vulnerable to freeze and dependent on electricity. If gas supplies can’t reach power stations, gas suppliers also don’t get power. Learn more: Harcresearch.org/Uri.

#Vulnerability

#TexasBlackouts

#DYK? Much of Texas’ power is supplied by natural gas & plants need reliable fuel supply. The supply chain is vulnerable to freeze and dependent on electricity. If gas supplies can’t reach power stations, gas suppliers also don’t get power. Learn more: Harcresearch.org/Uri.

#Vulnerability

#TexasBlackouts

05/28/2021

Join HARC's @LisaG_HARC at 2 pm (CT) today for a roundtable discussion with @SecGranholm, @JacksonLeeTX18, @RepFletcher, and @houmayor. Learn how HARC’s clean energy work is advancing #clean and #equitable #Texas #energy.

Livestream -> energy.gov/live.

Join HARC's @LisaG_HARC at 2 pm (CT) today for a roundtable discussion with @SecGranholm, @JacksonLeeTX18, @RepFletcher, and @houmayor. Learn how HARC’s clean energy work is advancing #clean and #equitable #Texas #energy.

Livestream -> energy.gov/live.

05/26/2021

Do you know your aquifer? Learn more about water - above and below the ground in this new, interactive Story Map: harcresearch.org/groundwater.

Ensuring we understand what an aquifer is, how aquifer systems are monitored, and how they're managed is critical to the sustainability of our water resources.

#sustainable
#water
#conservation

Do you know your aquifer? Learn more about water - above and below the ground in this new, interactive Story Map: harcresearch.org/groundwater.

Ensuring we understand what an aquifer is, how aquifer systems are monitored, and how they're managed is critical to the sustainability of our water resources.

#sustainable
#water
#conservation

05/24/2021

May 25 Webinar: Saving Lots of Watts with CHP!

Join a panel of experts from the Department of Energy’s Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership tomorrow at 12 pm (CST) for an interactive session that will explain how facilities can achieve energy efficiency, along with resilience & sustainability goals *while* keeping the lights on when the power goes out.

Register today -> https://bit.ly/3ejwUc9.

#energyefficiency
#cleanenergy
#cogen
#CombinedHeatandPower

May 25 Webinar: Saving Lots of Watts with CHP!

Join a panel of experts from the Department of Energy’s Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership tomorrow at 12 pm (CST) for an interactive session that will explain how facilities can achieve energy efficiency, along with resilience & sustainability goals *while* keeping the lights on when the power goes out.

Register today -> https://bit.ly/3ejwUc9.

#energyefficiency
#cleanenergy
#cogen
#CombinedHeatandPower

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund 05/24/2021

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

In 2017, #HurricaneHarvey demonstrated the need to invest in #environmental #resilience. In response, @harcresearch works to advance solutions to create an equitable future for all Texans. Learn more about HARC’s work featured in @globalgiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund report here -> (https://bit.ly/3onVfRH).

#naturebased
#science
#research
#news

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund In 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused widespread, catastrophic flooding and damage in Texas and along the Gulf Coast. This fund was created to provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents reco...

05/21/2021

#DYK? Texas relies on a mix of power to provide its needs. Texas plants are optimized for our summer needs, not winter weather. #WinterStormUri knocked all types of power plants-- gas, coal, nuclear, wind, and solar—offline causing power outages across the state. Learn more: Harcresearch.org/Uri.

#TexasBlackouts
#TxEnergy
#Energy

#DYK? Texas relies on a mix of power to provide its needs. Texas plants are optimized for our summer needs, not winter weather. #WinterStormUri knocked all types of power plants-- gas, coal, nuclear, wind, and solar—offline causing power outages across the state. Learn more: Harcresearch.org/Uri.

#TexasBlackouts
#TxEnergy
#Energy

Lights Out Texas - BirdCast 05/20/2021

Lights Out Texas - BirdCast

Wondering how you can help protect migratory birds this spring? Here are some guidelines that everyone can follow:

-- Turn off all non-essential lights from 11 pm to 6 am each night.
-- Do not use landscape lighting to light up trees or gardens where birds may be resting.
-- For essential lights (like security lighting) use dark skies friendly lighting practices.
-- Share your success on social media and with the press, your commitment to go lights out to save birds is newsworthy.

Learn more and sign up for bird migration alerts: bit.ly/LightsOutTexas

#LightsOutTexas #TexanbyNature

Lights Out Texas - BirdCast Learn more about our current pilot campaign in cities across the state of Texas

The Future of Community Energy Planning: 3D Web Application Will Expedite Feasibility Analysis - Houston Advanced Research Center 05/19/2021

The Future of Community Energy Planning: 3D Web Application Will Expedite Feasibility Analysis - Houston Advanced Research Center

HARC, Fugro, and UH Energy announce U.S. Department of Energy
-funded project to develop application to expand feasibility analyses for district energy systems & community microgrids.

The future of community energy planning is coming, learn more: https://bit.ly/2RzpuZP.

The Future of Community Energy Planning: 3D Web Application Will Expedite Feasibility Analysis - Houston Advanced Research Center (Houston, TX) HARC, Fugro, and the University of Houston announce a DOE-funded project to develop an online application to expand the number of feasibility analyses for district energy systems and community microgrids. This low-cost tool will make planning and exploration of opportunities in this fi...

05/19/2021

HARC's #Geospatial #Solutions: Discover the Value of #Data -> HARC uses a variety of geospatial and analytical tools to develop data and applications. The team also has access to a variety of application templates that can be configured to the needs of a project, minimizing the need for in-depth programming, and thus focusing on the more important task of communicating information in an engaging and intuitive manner.

Learn more -> https://harcresearch.org/geospatialsolutions/.

#DataScience
#appliedresearch
#dataanalytics

HARC's #Geospatial #Solutions: Discover the Value of #Data -> HARC uses a variety of geospatial and analytical tools to develop data and applications. The team also has access to a variety of application templates that can be configured to the needs of a project, minimizing the need for in-depth programming, and thus focusing on the more important task of communicating information in an engaging and intuitive manner.

Learn more -> https://harcresearch.org/geospatialsolutions/.

#DataScience
#appliedresearch
#dataanalytics

05/18/2021

Calling technical & non-technical stakeholders interested in community energy solutions including #investors, #projectdevelopers, #realestatedevelopers, #architects, #engineers, and #energymanagers: A no-cost webtool funded by @energygov is being developed by @HARCresearch, @Houstonenergy, and @Fugro to promote the deployment of #communityenergysystems (CES).

To help shape this project, we need your input! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey -> https://bit.ly/3hBvrzZ.

#microgrids
#communityenergy
#renewables
#CHP

Calling technical & non-technical stakeholders interested in community energy solutions including #investors, #projectdevelopers, #realestatedevelopers, #architects, #engineers, and #energymanagers: A no-cost webtool funded by @energygov is being developed by @HARCresearch, @Houstonenergy, and @Fugro to promote the deployment of #communityenergysystems (CES).

To help shape this project, we need your input! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey -> https://bit.ly/3hBvrzZ.

#microgrids
#communityenergy
#renewables
#CHP

05/18/2021

Plug loads comprise a much greater amount and proportion of total #building #energy #consumption than they have in the past. Now there is a significant opportunity to reduce this consumption. Register today for May 25 Webinar to learn more -> https://bit.ly/3fwdKiZ.

Webinar will focus on how HARC was able to transition its headquarters from a #LEEDPlatinum office building first occupied in 2017 to become the first #NetZeroEnergy certified office building in Texas in early 2020.

#energy
#efficient
#designbuild
#architecture
#engineering

Plug loads comprise a much greater amount and proportion of total #building #energy #consumption than they have in the past. Now there is a significant opportunity to reduce this consumption. Register today for May 25 Webinar to learn more -> https://bit.ly/3fwdKiZ.

Webinar will focus on how HARC was able to transition its headquarters from a #LEEDPlatinum office building first occupied in 2017 to become the first #NetZeroEnergy certified office building in Texas in early 2020.

#energy
#efficient
#designbuild
#architecture
#engineering

Lights Out Texas - BirdCast 05/14/2021

Lights Out Texas - BirdCast

Lights Out, Texas! Here’s how you can help: whether you are a business or homeowner, help protect migrating birds passing through Texas by turning off all non-essential nighttime lighting on buildings from 11 pm to 6 am each night during spring migration from March 1 - June 15. Learn more and sign up for bird migration alerts: bit.ly/LightsOutTexas

#LightsOutTexas
#TexanbyNature

Lights Out Texas - BirdCast Learn more about our current pilot campaign in cities across the state of Texas

05/12/2021

#ICYMI: HARC's work on the Galveston Bay Report Card was recently featured by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Inspiring Citizens to Protect and Preserve Galveston Bay in Texas. As part of the GBRC's habitat indicator, and using NOAA’s C-CAP land cover data, HARC researchers were able to calculate the percentage of wetland loss. Read more here -> https://bit.ly/2QdV9iR.

#science
#appliedresearch
#news
#wetlands

#ICYMI: HARC's work on the Galveston Bay Report Card was recently featured by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Inspiring Citizens to Protect and Preserve Galveston Bay in Texas. As part of the GBRC's habitat indicator, and using NOAA’s C-CAP land cover data, HARC researchers were able to calculate the percentage of wetland loss. Read more here -> https://bit.ly/2QdV9iR.

#science
#appliedresearch
#news
#wetlands

About HARC

HARC, a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated as Houston Advanced Research Center, 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.

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HARC's Energy Star Efficiency Score is 99!
On May 14, HARC celebrated the successful completion of our solar panel installation with a Flip-the-Switch ceremony, si...
2018 People & Nature Speaker Series underway - Innovative Funding Strategies - important and relevant dialogue for the H...
2018 People & Nature Speaker Series underway!
Using federal satellite data, this HARC animation illustrates wetland losses between 1996 and 2010 for North Harris and ...
The Houston-Galveston region is one of the fastest growing regions in the country. The HARC animation below shows the in...
From 1996 to 2010, the multi-county Houston-Galveston region lost over 54,000 wetland acres according to federal satelli...
Federal satellite data analyzed by HARC shows that from 1996 to 2010, total developed areas in the Houston-Galveston reg...

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