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Going Green Lectures • 2017

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017
7:00 PM HARC
8801 Gosling Road
The Air We Breathe 

Dr. Stephanie Thomas

Public Citizen 

Researcher and Community Organizer

Dr. Thomas will discuss issues and some of the upcoming opportunities to improve air quality in the Houston area. She will discuss the recent court ruling that will require Volkswagen to pay $15 billion dollars in the US settlement of its emissions cheating scandal. Texas is scheduled to receive more than $200 million of that money to help address the ozone problem in our area.  The Houston region remains in violation of the health based air quality standards for ozone. 

The lectures are free and the public is invited. 


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Thursday, Oct 26, 2017
7:00 PM HARC
8801 Gosling Road
Bike Share in The Woodlands: Is It Time?

Mr. Carter Stern 

Executive Director of Houston Bike Share


Mr. Carter will provide an overview of Houston BCycle, its history, and how a bike share program might work in The Woodlands.

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Spring Creek Nature Trail Video
Presentation at Walk in the Woods •10/8
How are we doing in 2020?
Annual Groundwater Update from USGS
Going Green Lecture


November 19th

7:00 to 8:00 pm


For Details,​

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Join us on Zoom for an update on groundwater and subsidence in our region and Montgomery County. Our speaker is Jason Ramage, USGS Hydrologist. Click HERE for Zoom link. 

Solar Energy—Beyond Consumer Rates: What’s Next in Developing Community Energy Projects?


Thursday • September 28, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.
HARC • 8801 Gosling Rd, The Woodlands, TX • Click here for map.


Joey Romano will speak at the Going Green Sustainability Lecture. Mr. Romano is the president of Local Sun, a family-owned independent energy company that generates and supplies locally-produced solar energy for retail electricity consumers in Houston. For discussion following the presentation, Mr. Romano will be joined by Dr. Gavin Dillingham, Director of Clean Energy Policy at HARC. Questions:

The development of solar energy products and sources continues to advance rapidly as the world turns more and more to “alternative” sources of power.  The September lecture features Mr. Joey Romano who will cover topics that include an overview of the development of a 12.0 acre, 15,000 panel solar “farm” located in Sealy, Texas, as well as discussion of  community solar models (could such a farm be built in our immediate area?), and the general overall impact of solar energy on consumers. Mr. Gavin Dillingham, Director of Clean Energy Policy for HARC, will join Mr. Romano to answer questions and address solar power initiatives in the Woodlands area. 


Joey Romano is the president of Local Sun, a family-owned independent energy company that generates and supplies locally-produced solar energy for retail electricity consumers in Houston.  Prior to founding Local Sun, Joey led the Houston-based Mobile Grid in designing and manufacturing off-grid solar powered generators and was the Director of Development for Harvest Moon, developer of the Mirabeau B at Hyde Park building in the Montrose area of Houston. 

Climate Change: What Does the Future Hold for Our Community 
Thursday, April 13, 2017
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
South Regional Library
2101 Lake Robbins • The Woodlands

We need to have some understanding of what a changing climate means for our community and for the region where we live and work.


Dr. Larry Kremer will discuss what's happening and some things we can do.

Concerns include more severe storms, droughts, flooding, and sea level rise. Inundation of coastal development is already happening, we’ve experienced extended drought, and there are increased risks for our local environment and economic viability. 

Larry Kremer worked for decades in research and product development for Baker Hughes in the areas of refining, power, steel making, and renewable fuels. Since retiring in 2014, he has been a mentor of start-up companies at Houston Technology Center. He is also working to help develop the political will needed to act on climate change as part of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. There are three active CCL chapters nearby: The Woodlands, Conroe, and Huntsville. 


Larry has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Utah. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Nuclear Physics Institute in Amsterdam, Netherlands and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale.

Low Impact Development for The Woodlands


Richard Browne, Associate, EHRA Engineering

Department Manager of Land Planning


October 27, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

The Woodlands South Regional Library

2101 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands TX

Mr. Browne will begin with a brief history of Low Impact Development (what LID is and isn’t), how LID works within county drainage requirements, and then illustrate various built-projects which have used LID to great advantage, including some lessons learned.

      Mr. Browne is an Associate with EHRA Engineering and is Department Manager of Land Planning. Mr. Browne has been a planning consultant in the south Texas region for past 27 years, focusing on the design of master-planned communities and comprehensive planning for emerging growth cities. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with the United States Green Building Council.

Going Green Lectures • 2016

Energy Efficiency for the Home & the Enviroment
New Meeting Location!
Jennifer Ronk

Program Director for Energy Efficiency and Enviromental Science


Tuesday, September 13, 2016 • 7:00  pm

The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency

2455 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX


Everyone knows that energy efficiency can save money and is good for the environment.  But where do we start?  In this presentation, Jennifer will discuss the how’s and where’s  of evaluating energy use in your own home; measures that are typically cost effective, which ones are best for you, and the programs that may be able to help you be more efficient.  She will also discuss the relationship between water and energy production and distribution—the less energy we use, the more water we save.

Jennifer Ronk holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale University of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  She joined Houston Advanced Research Center (“HARC”) in the Woodlands in 2009, and is currently the Program Director for Energy Efficiency and Environmental Science. Prior to joining HARC, Jennifer held leadership roles in several entities specializing in clean energy and environmental issues such as soil and groundwater contamination.  She is a Professional Geologist, licensed in the State of Texas, a Certified Environmental Manager, and a Certified Project Management Professional.  During her tenure at HARC, Ms. Ronk has been engaged in a wide variety of projects and programs that are designated to facilitate the transition to a low carbon future, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation projects.

The Galveston Bay Report Card

Thursday, November 19, 2015 • 7:00  pm

The Woodlands South Regional Library


The Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) have published the first-ever Galveston Bay Report Card on the overall health of the Bay. The Bay is an important economic and ecosystem component of the Houston region. The report card calls attention to what puts Galveston Bay at risk, and it provides recommendations on how people can help preserve the Bay.


The Woodlands area is upstream of Galveston Bay and thus affects it. This lecture and discussion will focus on the recent analysis of the quality of the Bay, why it is important, and what actions can be taken in The Woodlands area to help. 


Erin Kinney, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at HARC specializing in coastal and wetland ecology. Her research interests include wetland restoration, impacts of land use and eutrophication on coastal systems, and carbon and nitrogen cycling in wetlands.

2015 Lectures
Bicycling in The Woodlands
Cycling Safety & Environmental Benefits

Tuesday, February 9, 2015 • 7:00 pm

2101 Lake Robbins Dr

The Woodlands South Regional Library


The Woodlands is a “Bicycle Friendly Community”. The Going Green program will focus on the "whys" and "how to" of riding. During the year The Woodlands features many community bicycling activities including Bike Month in May, le Tour de Woodlands, bike/walk to school month, bike safety classes, bike to worship day, organized bike rides for all levels, and new bicycle master plan to be completed mid-2016. Learn more about environmental benefits and how to ride safetly. Bicycling helps achieve a more sustainable community.

Bike The Woodlands Coalition out for a tour of East Shore.

Bike The Woodlands Day at Whole Foods in May 2015.

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