Founded in 1982 by Mr. Mitchell, the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) began in partnership with four regional universities as a broad-range consortium dedicated to basic, applied, and policy research funded by contracts, grants, and gifts.

In 2000, under the leadership of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell’s son, Todd Mitchell, HARC was restructured as an organization dedicated entirely to applying and further developing sustainability science at the regional level. 

Today, HARC is a non-partisan, non-profit research organization that combines traditional engineering and technology strength with its history of addressing regional and global environmental challenges, to facilitate the adoption of technologies and policies that lead to a sustainable balance between human and environmental needs.

With a $25 million grant in 2005, Mr. Mitchell established the Endowment for Regional Sustainability Science. Income from this endowment gives HARC the stability to pursue in perpetuity its mission. HARC generates more than $20 million in annual revenue and has a staff of more than 40 research scientists.

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