HARC owes its origins to the vision and initiative of Houston oilman, real estate developer and philanthropist George P. Mitchell, b. 1919 – d. 2013. HARC was established in 1982 as a not-for-profit university consortium that could act as a technology incubator to bridge basic research and market applications.
In 2001, HARC re-aligned its mission to concentrate the research focus on sustainable development. This resulted in significant organizational restructuring, recruitment of new leadership, implementation of integrated administrative processes, and an organization-wide collaborative approach.
Today, HARC engages in projects that help people thrive and nature flourish. Our expertise is focused on the science and engineering needed to understand and address issues related to air quality, clean energy, and water quality and supply.