The Greater Houston Partnership celebrates our members by making important announcements and sharing news about their operations and impact in our community. Learn more about some of these announcements over the past month below.
Houston-based global real estate company hines announced this month a new commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its global portfolio of more than 1,500 buildings. The company, which operates millions of square feet of retail space in Metro Houston, aims to reach net zero by 2040. Buildings are estimated to account for approximately 31% of global carbon emissions, making real estate one of the greatest areas of interest in combating climate change.
One of the four-year universities in the metro area recently announced that it will begin guaranteeing admission to students graduating from select community colleges in Texas. Houston Baptist University said it has signed agreements with a number of colleges, including four in the area: Houston Community College, Alvin Community College, Lone Star College and Wharton Junior College. Graduates who submit a transcript showing they have graduated and achieved a GPA of 2.0 or higher are eligible for guaranteed admission from HBU.
computer software supplier Liongard raised $10 million in a new round of funding that will help fund the expansion of customer service. According to InnovationMap, Liongard has approximately 2,000 partners supporting more than 60,000 end customers for its MSP software services.
Two local institutions join their research efforts in the fight against leukaemia. rice university and MD Anderson researchers believe they have identified a combination of drugs that, when used together, can help eliminate leukemia cells. have just discovered a potential punch that could, they hope, knock out an insidious disease. According to a recently published study, the teams of Rice and MD Anderson screened about 45,000 different compounds to identify those that are the most lethal to leukemic cells. Although the research shows promise with a number of combinations, the researchers say much more work is needed before a new treatment becomes clinically available.
Lion takes a giant leap forward in innovation by partnering with NASA Johnson Space Center to launch a “Technology Transfer Center” at the Ion to strengthen the Houston-Galveston area’s aerospace innovation ecosystem. According to a release, the private-public partnership will include events, programs and initiatives to develop new technologies for commercial and private space industries and “accelerate tomorrow’s space endeavors” by giving entrepreneurs access to the IP portfolio of The NASA.
A subsidiary of the energy company sempra signed an agreement with ConocoPhillips to develop Sempra’s Port Arthur LNG project and collaborate on other related energy infrastructure in Southeast Texas and the Pacific Coast of Mexico. The agreement between ConocoPhillips and Sempra Infrastructure lays the foundation for a 20-year LNG collaboration at the Port Arthur facility currently under construction. The agreement also calls for cooperation between the two companies on carbon sequestration and low-carbon hydrogen on several projects.
Accounting firm Weaver has a new headquarters in the Uptown neighborhood. The company moved from Greenway Plaza to a 60,000 square foot space in Five Post Oak Park, near the intersection of San Felipe and the 610 Loop. Weaver officials said in an announcement that the new space in the headquarters was intended to increase the company’s visibility and increase flexibility in the new hybrid environment.
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