HARC’s research professionals have broad experience in basic and applied science, technology development and adoption, policy analysis, stakeholder communication, geospatial technologies, and public outreach. Through events, seminars, and conferences, HARC’s experts share our program of work by participating in panel discussions and workshops, and delivering engaging presentations.
Over the past few months, HARC’s team has shared its expertise in energy, air, water, climate equity, and resilience in events across the country, on stage and online, to local, national, and international audiences. Here is a recap of events from April to June 2023:
Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN) Workshop, April 12 – 14
HARC’s Senior Research Associate Dr. Margaret Cook, and Research Assistant Deborah Nabaloga, presented information on Solar for Safety and Success during NREL’s Solar Energy Innovation Network’s (SEIN) annual meeting. Hilton Kelley of CIDA and Melvin White of GTEC also participated in the presentation. SEIN helps communities develop transformative approaches to adopting solar energy. HARC, CIDA, and GTEC are working to increase accessibility to clean and renewable energy in Port Arthur, Texas.
American Chemistry Council’s 2023 Responsible Care & Sustainability Conference & Expo, April 18
HARC’s air quality research team (Dr. Meredith Jennings, Dr. Ebrahim Eslami, and McKenzie Roberts) presented at the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) 2023 Responsible Care & Sustainability Conference & Expo. The workshop, entitled Enhancing Science-Based Air Monitoring, focused on how small and medium-sized companies can address the challenges they often face in managing environmental and sustainability issues.
Net Zero Exchange, April 20
HARC’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs, Marina Badoian-Kriticos, participated in ULI’s Net Zero Exchange and discussed net zero buildings and renewables, showcasing HARC’s Living Lab as a case study in success. ULI’s Net Zero Exchange is a regularly scheduled series of meetings to facilitate conversations and dialogues between ULI members and other experts around the world to help promote the most innovative and effective best practices for net zero.
Gulf Coast Green, April 28
Marina Badoian-Kriticos also participated in a panel discussion on Reducing Impacts of Materials: The Role of Material Selections during Gulf Coast Green 2023, the leading green building conference in the Gulf Coast region. In addition to experts in the field of sustainability, the event brings together like-minded green building professionals to experience next-generation sustainable and resilient building solutions.
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium’s 2023 Climate and Resilience Community of Practice, May 15 – 17
HARC’s Vice President of Research – Water, Dr. Stephanie Glenn, presented during the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium’s 2023 Climate and Resilience Community of Practice annual meeting in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Glenn’s panel focused on efforts that help Gulf Coast communities build capacity to plan for resilience to coastal hazards and climate impacts. The Climate and Resilience Community of Practice is a group of professionals who work together to incorporate adaptation strategies into Gulf Coast communities’ comprehensive plans and develop common practical approaches for a more resilient region.
Community Solutions: Expanding the STEM Talent Pipeline, May 16
HARC’s President and CEO, John Hall, was interviewed on stage at Axios’ Community Solutions: Expanding the STEM Talent Pipeline program. Axios’ Texas Bureau Chief, Bob Gee, spoke with Mr. Hall on climate justice challenges, how to engage young students in STEM education, and how to improve diversity in the STEM workforce to support the clean energy transition.
Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Workshop, May 31
HARC’s Senior Research Assistant, Kirsten Vernin, presented during the Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Workshop hosted by the Texas Water Resources Institute. Her presentation included an overview of the water quality results from the Double Bayou Watershed Protection Plan projects, and a discussion on a new Bacterial Source Tracking project.
Future of Global Energy: Houston’s Role in Leading the Energy Transition, June 7 – 9
HARC’s President and CEO, John Hall, participated on two panels at the Center for Houston’s Future conference, The Future of Global Energy: Houston’s Role in Leading the Energy Transition. His first panel focused on the burdens faced by communities as a result of climate change, and the potential for an equitable distribution of benefits created by the energy transition. His second panel discussed opportunities for community engagement, innovation and technology, workforce, and funding.