Dr. Margaret Cook joined HARC as a Research Associate focusing on the Texas Energy-Water Climate Nexus in November 2020.
Margaret earned her Doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering with a certificate in Engineering Education in 2018. Her research interests include the water-energy-climate nexus and connections between science and policy. She is also passionate about making science accessible to the public, especially K-12 students. Margaret’s previous research focused on the potential for mitigation of water stress in Texas through collaboration on water conservation or reuse technology improvements and the potential effects of drought and heat wave on thermoelectric power plants in Texas and the Midwest. She has also worked on improving water recycling in the oil and gas industry with the aim of reducing total fresh water use in water-scarce West Texas.
Margaret earned her dual Masters degrees in Public Affairs and Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from UT-Austin. She has used her expertise working at the Texas Legislature, the U.S. Department of Energy, Apache Corporation, and Austin Energy.
Investors, regulators, insurance companies, and rating agencies recognize the risks associated with climate change impacts and call for greater transparency. Beyond the growing push for decarbonization of the energy system, extreme weather increasingly affects business operations and the bottom line. HARC's Climate and Resilience series will feature reports and date meant to better prepare communities for climate change impacts.
HARC’s team announces the first in a series of white papers providing an analysis of the risks within Texas’ power sector, Powering the future: Texas Power Sector Pivoting to Climate Resilience. This position paper provides keen insight into the changing landscape of climate risk disclosure and climate change impacts on the power sector in Texas while highlighting key opportunities for resilience during this crucial time.
The purpose of the RESIN portal is to develop and share a comprehensive set of data describing future climate impacts to the Greater Houston-Galveston Region.
The Know Your Aquifer Story Map provides information on what an aquifer is, how aquifers are used, how we get drinking water, and what entities govern their usage.
The Clean Energy Hub, funded by the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), houses a variety of interactive tools, podcasts, webinars, guides, and case studies to help accelerate the adoption of distributed generation and energy efficiency projects in Texas.
HARC is partnering with multiple organizations to provide a science-based review of groundwater in the Houston-Galveston Region.
DOE Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program promotes CHP technology solutions for the industrial and manufacturing sector, critical infrastructure, institutions, commercial facilities, and utilities.