5 Things You Should Know About Houston’s Climate Action Plan

HARC in the News


By Katie Watkins, Houston Public Media

Experts say it’s an important first step, but the plan has lots of limitations.

After six major flooding disasters in five years, Houston finally debuted its first-ever Climate Action Plan.

It comes as cities around the world are trying to become carbon neutral by 2050 to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.


Houston has one of the highest per-capita emissions of greenhouse gases in the country, and the plan aims to reduce its emissions by 40% by 2030, with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.


It’s really focused more on incentive-based programs, market-based programs, public-private partnerships.

Gavin Dillingham, PhD, HARC