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HARC Newsletter | November 2017


Summarizing Hurricane Harvey’s Environmental Impacts in the Houston-Galveston Region
The "Summarizing Hurricane Harvey’s Environmental Impacts in the Houston-Galveston Region" story map summarizes available environmental datasets to detail impacts associated with Hurricane Harvey. HARC worked with regional partners to acquire and analyze data and information about the flooding and related impacts such as storm-related spills, pollutants, Superfund impacts, water quality, air quality, and power generation. The resulting analysis is made available to the public through narrative summaries, maps, and infographics in an ESRI story map. Users can also download available raw data and learn about the organizations in the Greater Houston region that organized to gather environmental and public health impact data in the days immediately following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall.
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Featured Projects
The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area
The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area (www.galvbayinvasives.org) has been redesigned and updated thanks to a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The redesigned digital field guide features 103 invasive plant, animal and insect species that are either present or are of concern for the Galveston Bay area. Each species profile includes details about identification, habitat, impact, geographic distribution and management strategies. Color photos, an updated search page, prohibited species lists and reporting information, and a mapping application make the website a valuable tool for aquarium hobbyists, homeowners, gardening enthusiasts, anglers, businesses, teachers and students.
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Featured Researcher
Bill Bass, GISP
Geospatial & IT Manager
Bill Bass is a Geospatial & Information Technology Manager at HARC where he is responsible for Geographic Information Systems (GIS), analytics, and enterprise technology. He has extensive experience in geospatial technologies, project management, analytics, and enterprise solutions, including platforms such as ESRI ArcGIS and SAS. Prior to joining HARC, Bill was the Geospatial Program Manager for the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), a regional planning agency for the 13-county region surrounding the Houston metropolitan area.
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Announcements & Events
Bill Ritter, Jr. advances a new energy economy at HARC’s People & Nature Speaker Series
On October 24, 2017, HARC welcomed Bill Ritter, Jr., 41st Governor of Colorado and the founder of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, to Houston to lead its fall People & Nature Speaker Series event. Governor Ritter discussed his book, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution , which examines the future of fossil fuels and renewable energy. He shared his experiences in shaping Colorado’s policies and spoke of the need for both citizens and industry leaders to consider new ideas for sustainable resources at the state level. There is a sense of urgency for making the transition with the hope of influencing clean energy policies worldwide.
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Galveston Bay Report Card honored by Keep Houston Beautiful
The City of Houston recognized the Galveston Bay Report Card program for its positive impact on the environment as part of its Keep Houston Beautiful initiative. A Certificate of Recognition was bestowed at the 33rd Annual Mayor's Proud Partners Luncheon held November 13, 2017.
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Galveston Bay Report Card earns Silver Quill Award
The International Association of Business Communicators Southern Region recognized the efforts of the Galveston Bay Report Card program for its achievement in connecting science with the greater Houston/Galveston community.
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Marina Badoian-Kriticos presents at 2017 IFMA World Workplace Conference
On October 19, 2017 Marina Badoian-Kriticos, HARC Research Scientist in Energy and Natural Resource Policy delivered a presentation entitled, “Energy Benchmarking: How Does Your Building Stack Up?” at the IFMA World Workplace Conference.
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HARC Research Scientist Addresses Coastal Bend Communities
HARC’s Marina Badoian-Kriticos, Research Scientist, Energy and Natural Resource Policy, was invited to speak about TX-PACE, post-disaster recovery and resiliency at the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation Economic Recovery Forum on October 11.
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Bill Bass to present at the 2017 Houston Area GIS Students Day event
HARC Geospatial Manager Bill Bass, GISP will be presenting at the 2017 Houston Area GIS Students Day event on Thursday, November 16, 2017. The topic of his presentation will be the development of the recently released HARC story map, “Summarizing Hurricane Harvey's Environmental Impacts”. For more information on the event visit www.houstonareagisday.org.
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HARC in the news
Friday, November 10, 2017
HARC Headquarters earns Award of Merit from ENR Texas and Louisiana
HARC’s green headquarters, constructed by Brookstone LP and designed by Gensler, was presented the Award of Merit in the Engineering News Record Texas & Louisiana's 2017 Best Projects on October 18, 2017.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Confronting a ‘new normal’ in Cy-Fair following historic flooding
HARC’s Dr. Erin Kinney discusses how seemingly small losses of wetlands can have a big impact in our naturally flood-prone region.
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Monday, October 16, 2017
LCA for HARC Points to Steel Framing
HARC’s LEED Platinum headquarters was recently featured in Modern Steel Construction, the official publication of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The article highlighted the Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment (WBLCA) undertaken by the project’s civil engineering partner, Walter P Moore, and the resulting utilization of a steel-framed structure, one that led to a 20% reduction in embodied CO2 associated with the building’s structural and enclosure systems.
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