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HARC Newsletter | November 2016


An Engineered Approach: Integrating Low Impact Development for Sustainable Growth
Throughout the history of civilization, humans have altered, managed and controlled our environment with fire for agricultural land clearing, animal domestication, and the building of cities. Population growth and expanding development are often accompanied by the negative effects of urban sprawl. Atmospheric greenhouse gases have also substantially risen in the past 70 years, alongside global population growth. These and other deleterious effects of growth are amplified around concentrated human populations in large urban centers. Continuing in this trend, the Houston-Galveston region is projected to grow by more than 3.5 million people in the next twenty years. Rapid urbanization and densification of neighborhoods will bring with it more impervious surfaces and loss of vegetative cover. Additional impervious cover increases stormwater runoff, flooding low-lying areas and degrading water quality in our bayous and Galveston Bay.
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Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Virtual Site Additions
The Environmentally Friendly Drilling (EFD) program, managed by HARC, created the interactive EFD Virtual Site to help develop a workforce skilled in environmental mitigation of exploration and production impacts. “The objective of this website is to not only show how oil and gas is made available every day, but also to learn about the technologies and practices that are being used to reduce the environmental footprint,” reports Andra Wilcox, EFD Virtual Site project manager.

In addition to the Drilling Rig and Hydraulic Fracturing sites, visitors can now explore a Production Pad site and the Virtual Offshore Safety Awareness site.
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Featured Researcher
Jennifer Ronk
Program Director, Environmental Science and Energy Efficiency
Jennifer Ronk holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She joined Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) in 2009, and is currently the Program Director for Energy Efficiency and Environmental Science.

During her tenure at HARC, Ms. Ronk has been engaged in a wide variety of projects and programs that are designed to facilitate the transition to a low carbon future, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation projects.
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Announcements & Upcoming Events
#GivingTuesday: You Can Help People Thrive and Nature Flourish
Support HARC's mission of helping people thrive and nature flourish by simply selecting HARC as your #GivingTuesday recipient. HARC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated as Houston Advanced Research Center, a research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers.
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HARC at Restore America's Estuaries-The Coastal Society Summit 2016
HARC's Lisa Gonzalez, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Stephanie Glenn, Program Director, Hydrology and Watersheds, will present at the Restore America's Estuaries-The Coastal Society Summit 2016. The summit will be held December 10-15, 2016 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Register for CHP in Hospitals – Improving Resilience and Lowering Energy Costs Webinar December 7
The U.S. DOE Southwest CHP TAP and Pacific CHP TAP will present the CHP in Hospitals – Improving Resilience and Lowering Energy Costs Webinar on December 7, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST.
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HARC Researchers to lead panel and present research at Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference in December
The Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference is a premiere educational conference and business exhibition connecting public and private decision makers and thought leaders.

The conference will be held December 19-21, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk, located at 123 Losoya Street, San Antonio, TX.
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Double Bayou Watershed Protection Plan project to Receive Award on December 2nd
The Double Bayou Watershed Protection Plan project will receive the Our Great Region Diligence Award on Friday, December 2, 2016. The ceremony will be held at the Houston-Galveston Area Council located at 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, Texas.
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HARC in the news
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
TCEQ Proposes Taking Galena Park Off the Air Pollutant Watch List for Benzene Emissions
HARC's Jay Olaguer "BEE-TEX study found very different results from those being touted by the TCEQ as the reason to de-list Galena Park."
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Houston in 50 years: More Hot Days, More Hurricanes, Higher Sea Level
"I think the last year gave us a pretty good insight into the next decade. There's going to be significantly more flooding, summers that last longer, more vector-borne diseases," said Gavin Dillingham.
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