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HARC Newsletter | May 2018


Strategies for Flood Mitigation in Greater Houston: a report by the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium
Hurricane Harvey brought record rainfall and flooding to the Houston-Galveston region. The impacts of the storm and ensuing flooding included loss of lives, homes and livelihoods. In response, researchers from the region with expertise in hydrology, climate science, engineering, coastal resiliency, energy, community development and urban planning came together to strategize on solutions. The researchers were able to form a working consortium with the generosity of funding from Houston Endowment, Kinder Foundation, the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation and additional support from Walton Family Foundation, Cullen Foundation and Harte Charitable Foundation.
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It's all about the SOIL
Most of us take for granted the soil beneath our feet, so familiar that we may forget how truly miraculous it is. Indeed, it literally underlies everything we do. We recognize that soil is important when considering a construction project, relying upon an understanding of its mechanical properties to appropriately design foundations and earthworks. Yet we can often be oblivious to the amazing and diverse biological properties of healthy soil.
"Diet of Worms" by John Benson
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Featured Project
Double Bayou Watershed Protection Plan
HARC is working with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board to engage stakeholders in developing a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP). A WPP is a locally developed, voluntary watershed management plan that helps to restore and protect water quality. The WPP process engages stakeholders in a collaborative and participatory approach in watershed planning.
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Featured Researcher
Stephanie Glenn, PhD
Program Director, Hydrology and Watersheds
Stephanie Glenn is a Senior Research Scientist at HARC specializing in ecology and hydrology. She is responsible for the development and supervision of projects to improve the sustainable management of water and ecological resources. Current research includes coastal groundwater quality & quantity, watershed protection & surface water quality, and developing ecological tools for management.
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Announcements & Events
CEBN/HARC Event: Harnessing Texas Energy Leadership for New Economic Opportunities
Leaders from around the country gathered at HARC for the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) forum on clean energy business and policy issues on May 1, 2018.
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HARC Research Scientist Tour Panel Host at ASHRAE 2018 Annual Conference
HARC research scientist, Marina Badoian-Kriticos, will serve as a tour panel host at the 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference in Houston, June 23-27.
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HARC Researchers Mentor High School Students
HARC research scientists were invited to join students and teachers at The Woodlands Christian Academy for the “Engineer Your World” science competition on Saturday, April 28th.
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Jonathan White explores ocean science at People & Nature Speaker Series
On April 17, 2018, HARC welcomed Admiral Jonathan White, United States Navy (Retired), President of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership to lead its first People & Nature Speaker Series event of 2018.
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Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program: Oilfield Workforce of the Future
The dynamic economy of Texas is intertwined with the energy industry and the many business enterprises that support it.
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HARC celebrates Earth Day Houston
HARC joined the Houston’s Earth Day Festival at Discovery Green, celebrating environmental awareness with enthusiastic crowds on a beautiful spring day.
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Dr. Gavin Dillingham | Extreme Weather Events & Investment in Combined Heat and Power White Paper
HARC Program Director publishes white paper exploring whether the number and intensity of power outages related to storm events has led to greater investment in more resilient power systems, such as CHP.
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HARC Researcher at Siemens Energy Forum May 8
On May 8, 2018, HARC Research Scientist Gavin Dillingham spoke at the Siemens Energy Forum during the Distributed Energy System Forum.
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Gavin Dillingham at Climate Compact of Texan Communities
Gavin Dillingham was invited to participate in a discussion of city leaders and stakeholders across the State of Texas to discuss the feasibility of developing a Texas-wide Compact of Communities.
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Gavin Dillingham at National Association of State Energy Offices Regional Meeting – Discussion of Electric Power Resilience with CHP
Gavin Dillingham presented at the National Association of State Energy Offices Regional Meeting – Discussion of Electric Power Resilience with CHP May 1-2, 2018
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HARC at Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy: Innovations in Building Resilient Communities II
HARC led a team from Houston to the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy (SCLA): Innovations in Building Resilient Communities in Pittsburgh, PA on April 16-18, 2018
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HARC Research Scientist Marina Badoian-Kriticos addresses Industrial Energy Management Forum
HARC Research Scientist Marina Badoian-Kriticos participated on a panel about Understanding How to Enhance Our Energy Infrastructure Resilience to Natural Disasters at the Texas Industrial Energy Management Forum on April 5, 2018.
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HARC Researcher Panelist at Gulf Coast Water Conservation 2018 Conference
HARC Research Scientist Marina Badoian-Kriticos served as a panelist on March 22, 2018 at the Gulf Coast Water Conservation discussing water conservation and resilience.
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HARC in the news
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Despite Houston’s progress toward cleaner air, pollution still a concern
Mustapha Beydoun speaks on the contributing environmental factors that can work against Houston's progression.
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