Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
HARC is dedicated to improving human and ecosystem well-being through the application of sustainability science and principles of sustainable development. In a non-partisan and collaborative manner, HARC fosters the implementation of policies and technologies based on principles of social science, natural science, and engineering. HARC's research themes support sustainability solutions in ecosystems, water, air & climate, clean energy, the built environment, and environmental health.
HARC's Air Quality & Climate Program includes efforts in several areas: air quality research and management; air emissions technologies; urban heat island mitigation planning; scenario building for transportation and air quality; the links between air quality and human health; air quality and the built environment; and regional impacts and solutions related to climate change. Specific projects include a 'Dallas Urban Heat Island Study, Cool Houston!' urban heat island program, 'Houston Forestry' program to increase forested lands and incorporate urban forestry and heat inland mitigation in the State Implementation Plan, and the 'Texas Climate Initiative' to advance climate change science and education in Texas.
HARC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in The Woodlands, Texas. HARC's primary geographical focus encompasses the greater Houston area and the Texas Gulf Coast.