HOUSTON, Texas – In commemoration of the third anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the City of Houston will host a virtual Houston Climate Week.
During a five-day period in August 2017, Hurricane Harvey produced more than 50 inches of rain in the Houston area, flooding more than 300,000 structures. Harvey killed 68 people and caused more than $120 billion in damage.
Houston Climate Week, which will run from August 24-28, will kick off the implementation phase of the Houston Climate Action Plan.
The climate action plan, released in April, showcases how the city plans to meet the Paris Agreement goals of carbon neutrality by 2050.
“After COVID-19 cancelled our plans for an in-person Climate Action Plan launch in April, the idea of a virtual Houston Climate Week was born,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “To reach our climate goals, we need everyone – from multi-national corporations to middle school students – to do their part. In light of the pandemic, a virtual Houston Climate Week offers a way for the community to learn how the Houston is impacted by climate change and how to get involved in the climate action plan.”
Here is a look at the Houston Climate Week schedule as it stands. More events may be added.
Monday, August 24
11am: Opening Session: Making Houston the Renewable Energy Capital of the World
1pm: Houston Climate Impact Assessment: What Does the Future Hold for Houston?
Tuesday, August 25
11am: Making Houston a Global Leader in Energy Innovation
1pm: Taking the Car Out of Carbon Emissions
3pm: Growing Climate Solutions: Green Infrastructure, Conservation, and Equity
Wednesday, August 26
11am: Less is More: Making Energy Efficient Equitable and Efficient
1pm: Reinventing Cities: Sunnyside Landfill Solar Farm
2pm: City of Houston Quality of Life Committee – Houston Climate Action Plan Presentation
Thursday, August 27
11am: 2020: The COVID-19, Climate, and Equity Connection
1pm: Texas Tough: Bringing EVs to Truck-Loving Texas
Friday, August 28
11am: How Green Buildings Can Drive the Energy Transition
1pm: Closing Session: Partnerships and Pathways to Decarbonize Cities