HARC in the Community

HARC celebrates Earth Day Houston

Posting Date: 
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

HARC joined the Houston’s Earth Day Festival at Discovery Green, celebrating environmental awareness with enthusiastic crowds on a beautiful spring day. The Earth Day event is designed to educate, inspire and encourage action. Visitors to the HARC booth were treated to videos powered by portable solar panels. HARC researchers were on hand for conversations about climate change, watershed protection, energy efficiency, and our work on the Galveston Bay Report Card. HARC President Lisa Gonzalez addressed the gathering with an Earth Talk on the main stage, with insights on the role of science in building resilient communities.

Resilience is a central theme as the region continues to rebuild and rethink infrastructure, flood mitigation, and adaptation to climate change. But what do we mean by ‘resilience’? Simply put, resilience means the capability to “bounce back” and recover from difficulties and hardships. In a contemporary context, resilience has broader implications for communities, businesses and governmental entities seeking ways to more effectively withstand the stresses of climate change, economic adversity, and a dynamic business environment in a rapidly growing region. Adaptation requires that we explore these challenges with an open mind and the best information available to support critical decisions. HARC research is playing a vital role in this imperative regional conversation among stakeholders from many sectors.