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HARC Newsletter | April 2016


HARC’s People and Nature Speaker Series, Featuring Michael E. Webber
On May 24, 2016 HARC will host its inaugural People and Nature Speaker Series event featuring an evening with author and award-winning teacher, Professor Michael E. Webber. Professor Webber will give an entertaining and informative lecture on the nexus of energy and water, sharing fun facts, historical snippets, and anecdotes from his new book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival.
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Environmentally Friendly Drilling Scorecard
The objective of the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Scorecard is to develop a methodology that documents the environmental and societal tradeoffs associated with energy development taking into consideration variances in geographic regions. The scorecard will allow operators to objectively assess and continually improve their environmental performance and their service providers and it may enable companies to provide transparent documentation of performance.
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Featured researcher
Erin Kinney, PhD
Research Scientist, Coastal Ecology
Erin Kinney is a Research Scientist at HARC specializing in coastal and wetland ecology. Her research interests include wetland restoration, impacts of land use and eutrophication on coastal systems, and carbon and nitrogen cycling in wetlands.
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HARC in the news
SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016
Is this the new normal?
HARC researchers discuss changes to impervious coverage, loss of natural areas, and flooding. "You need to keep water in some of these systems and out of the bayou in the first place.” HARC’s Bill Bass
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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016
HTC North paves way for clean energy start-ups in The Woodlands
“The goal is economic development of clean energy,” said HTC Managing Director Charles Wohl on paving the way for clean energy start-ups in The Woodlands.
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MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016
Gavin Dillingham discusses the DOE’s decision to help build power lines to carry wind generated power
“The transmission project is a great opportunity for clean energy development and the modernization of the grid. However, to make even greater progress, we must focus on the demand-side through energy efficiency.” – HARC’s Gavin Dillingham
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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016
Jay Olaguer on improving air-quality monitoring systems near Houston's Ship Channel
"If we could change the system, do much more immediate analysis and modeling right away in areas prone to this stuff, it could change the whole game entirely” said HARC's Jay Olaguer.
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Announcements & upcoming events
HARC's EFD Program hosts Cummins Tier 4F Workshop for Drilling & Frac Operation May 11 and June 8
Register to attend Cummins Tier 4F Workshop for Drilling & Frac Operations May 11th on the Lone Star College System Campus in The Woodlands or June 8th at Cummins Oklahoma City Branch in Oklahoma City.
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Andra Wilcox to present at National Energy Education Summit June 7
HARC's Andra Wilcox will present an abstract at the Council for Energy Research and Education Leaders National Energy Education Summit in Washington, DC on June 7, 2016.
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Help HARC and EarthShare of Texas through June 3
HARC, a proud member of EarthShare, can benefit from three ongoing programs from HEB and Reliant Energy.

Through Sunday, May 1, H-E-B continues to feature EarthShare of Texas as its tearpad campaign beneficiary for EarthMonth.
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Gavin Dillingham co-presenting at Right on PACE: Innovative Financing through Property Assessed Clean Energy Webinar May 25
Gavin Dillingham will present at Right on PACE: Innovative Financing through Property Assessed Clean Energy Webinar.
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HARC’s People and Nature Speaker Series, featuring Michael E. Webber May 24
On May 24, 2016 HARC will host its inaugural People and Nature Speaker Series event featuring an evening with author and award-winning teacher, Professor Michael E. Webber.Professor Webber will give an entertaining and informative lecture on the nexus of energy and water, sharing fun facts, historical snippets, and anecdotes from his new book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival.
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HARC and the University of Houston CeSAR to co-host Advanced Waste Management: Environmental and Economic Benefits symposium May 24
HARC's President Jim Lester will co-host and provide closing remarks at the Advanced Waste Management: Environmental and Economic Benefits symposium to be held May 24, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
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U.S. DOE Southwest CHP TAP presents CHP at Industrial Facilities Webinar May 12
The U.S. Department of Energy Southwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (SWCHPTAP) will present CHP at Industrial Facilities Webinar on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 10 am CST/11 am EST.
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Innovators in The Woods bi monthly startup event May 11
HTC North, along with HARC, will host a bi monthly startup event, Innovators In The Woods, on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. US/Central to highlight companies in The Woodlands.
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U.S. DOE Southwest CHP TAP and IDEA present CHP for Higher Education Webinar May 4
The U.S. Department of Energy Southwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (SWCHPTAP) and IDEA will present CHP for Higher Education Webinar on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 1pm - 2pm EST.
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Watch HARC's webinar on Combined Heat and Power for Wastewater Treatment Plants
The application of combined heat and power (CHP) at wastewater treatment plants is proving to be a great opportunity to reduce energy costs, save money and improve the resilience of the plant.
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Watch HARC’s webinar on Combined Heat and Power and the Microgrid
The application of combined heat and power (CHP) for microgrid applications is proving to be a great opportunity to reduce energy costs, save money and improve the resilience of the communities.
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Rich Haut elected to Texas A&M University Geology & Geophysics Departmental Advisory Council
HARC's Rich Haut was elected to serve on Texas A&M University Geology & Geophysics Departmental Advisory Council.
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