Dr. Meredith Jennings received her Doctorate from the University of Miami from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Professional interests include building cross-disciplinary partnerships and programs that promote community resilience and lessen the impacts of climate change.
As a 2017-2018 National Academy of Sciences’ Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellow, she led climate and health resilience building initiatives at Harris County Public Health. Since joining HARC in 2018, Dr. Jennings has provided project management, technical analysis, and stakeholder engagement to support projects such as the City of Houston Climate Action Plan (released April 2020), the 2020 Houston Harris Heat Mapping Project, the Harris County Precinct 2 Air Quality Assessment, and ongoing research to increase affordable, renewable energy resources in low-income communities.
HARC's COVID-19 research studied the regulatory measures enacted by local governments to slow the rate of infection and also the effects stay-at-home orders had on infrastructure systems, communities, and the environment.
HARC worked in partnership with the City of Houston to develop the city’s Climate Action Plan, a roadmap to bring Houston closer to a carbon-neutral future.
Powered for Good is an initiative to design and assist in the implementation of clean, cheap electricity offerings for the approximately two and a half million low income households in Texas that can choose their electricity provider.
The Houston Harris Heat Action team is a community heat-mapping project that brings together local volunteers, public and private organizations, universities, and non-profit organizations to co-produce heat maps.