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HARC Newsletter | August 2016


Galveston Bay Report Card
HARC has once again partnered with the Galveston Bay Foundation to provide citizens with the 2016 Galveston Bay Report Card, released August 10. The Report Card features critical information on the health of Galveston Bay, one of the most important and productive bays in the country.
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Property Assessed Clean Energy: Making investments in clean energy
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, an innovative tool that enables property owners to make investments in clean energy, is taking off across the state of Texas. With Travis County as the catalyst, additional communities have created PACE districts, and the City of Houston is the most recent to start its program.
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Featured researcher
Brad Neish
GIS & Remote Sensing Specialist
Brad Neish is a GIS & Remote Sensing Specialist at HARC and has a Masters in Geospatial Information Science from North Carolina State.

Since coming to HARC, Brad has been involved in multiple projects related to air, water, and energy including the development of an interactive web mapping application to help researchers visualize emissions data for use in an ongoing study on air quality.
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Announcements & upcoming events
Gavin Dillingham co-presenting at District Energy and CHP webinar September 20
HARC's Gavin Dillingham, Program Director, Clean Energy Policy, will co-present the District Energy and Combined Heat and Power webinar on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, EDT.
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HARC and HTC host Innovators In The Woods September 14
HARC and Houston Technology Center are hosting a bi-monthly startup event to highlight early-stage companies in The Woodlands and Houston on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7 pm at Lone Star College Training and Development Center.
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CHP in Data Centers - Building IT Resilience and Lowering Costs webinar September 13
HARC’s Satish Ravindran, senior energy engineer for the Department of Energy's Southwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP), will lead a webinar on CHP in Data Centers - Building IT Resilience and Lowering Costs on September 13, 2016, 10 am CST/11 am EST.
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Carolyn LaFleur at Best of RPSEA 10 years of Research – Ultra-Deepwater and Onshore Technology Conference August 30
HARC's Carolyn LaFleur, Senior Research Associate, Energy Production, will present on Technology Integration Program Field Trials at the Best of RPSEA 10 years of Research – Ultra-Deepwater and Onshore Technology Conference on August 30, 2016. The event will be held at the San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center in Galveston, Texas, August 30 and 31, 2016.
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HARC in the news
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2016
Galveston Bay gets "C" on 2016 report card
The August 11th edition of Texas Monthly’s Daily Post features 2016’s Galveston Bay Report Card, discussing the bay’s overall grade as well as water quality and habitats.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2016
2016 Galveston Bay Report Card: Gonzalez and Stokes on the health of the bay
HARC President Lisa Gonzalez and Galveston Bay Foundation President Bob Stokes discuss the 2nd annual Galveston Bay Report Card.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2016
Galveston Bay Only Gets a “C” When It Comes to Health
HARC and Galveston Bay Foundation released the second annual report card issued on the health of Galveston Bay.
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2016
Galveston Bay water quality threatened by pollution and habitat loss
While there have been slow but steady improvements in water quality, Galveston Bay continues to face monumental threats from pollution, habitat loss and climate change, according to a new report.
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2016
Galveston Bay struggles with pollution, climate change, invasive species
“The Galveston Bay Report Card was undertaken to identify the most immediate needs of this vital natural resource” Galveston Bay Foundation President Bob Stokes.
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2016
Lisa Gonzalez discusses the 2016 Galveston Bay Report Card
Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin interviews HARC President Lisa Gonzalez on the 2016 Galveston Bay Report Card. The episode discusses several major findings from the report.
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2016
Galveston Bay Gets Mixed Grades for its Environmental Health
HARC President Lisa Gonzalez and Galveston Bay Foundation President Bob Stokes discuss the health of Galveston Bay and the purpose of the Galveston Bay Report Card.
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2016
The Galveston Bay Foundation and HARC Announce Results of the Current Health of Galveston Bay
HARC President Lisa Gonzalez and Galveston Bay Foundation President Bob Stokes discuss the health of Galveston Bay and the purpose of the Galveston Bay Report Card.
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2016
Report card gives health of Galveston Bay a "C"
"You look at Galveston Bay and you compare it to any other large estuary around the country and we are doing pretty well," said HARC President Lisa Gonzalez.
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