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HARC Newsletter | August 2017

Minimizing Our Footprint – Life Cycle Assessment and HARC’s Green Building

As part of HARC’s integrated design approach and commitment to minimize the ecological impact of building-related materials and activities, our new green building was one of the first in Texas to be subjected to a whole building life cycle Assessment (LCA). LCA is a systematic analysis and quantification of the environmental aspects (including energy) of all the inputs and outputs associated with the raw materials, manufacturing, transport, use, and ultimate reuse, recycling, or disposal of a product or system. As part of the design and construction of HARC’s green building, HARC leadership worked with Walter P. Moore and their Director of Sustainable Design, Dirk Kestner, to utilize LCA from the very outset of the building design process.

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Featured Projects
Galveston Bay Report Card
HARC and the Galveston Bay Foundation released the 2017 Galveston Bay Report Card on August 9th at an event in Kemah, Texas. The citizen-driven Report Card is available in English and Spanish and provides the public with science-based information assessing the health of Galveston Bay, one of the most important and productive bays in the country.
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Galveston Bay Wetland Permit and Mitigation Assessment
Freshwater wetlands in the Houston-Galveston region provide many ecosystem services. Freshwater wetlands capture rainfall and reduce surface runoff to diminish flooding, store nutrients, filter pollutants, and provide valuable habitat for many species of wildlife. These important wetland habitats are being lost at an increasing rate in the Lower Galveston Bay Watershed.
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Featured Researcher
Richard Haut, PhD
Program Director, Energy Production
Dr. Richard Haut is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) where he serves as the program manager for energy and the environment projects. A major effort is serving as Principal Investigator (P.I.) for the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Program in partnership with Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State University, other universities, industry and environmental organizations with the objective of integrating advanced technologies into systems that significantly reduce the environmental footprint of petroleum drilling and production.
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Announcements & Upcoming Events
October 24, 2017 People & Nature Speaker Series: Governor Bill Ritter
On October 24, 2017, HARC will continue its People & Nature Speaker Series with an event at Museum Fine Arts, Houston Brown Auditorium featuring an evening with Bill Ritter, Jr., 41st Governor of Colorado and the founder of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University. Governor Ritter will discuss his book, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution, examining the future of fossil fuels and renewable energy.
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HARC Researchers present at 2017 Greater Houston Environmental Summit
HARC Researchers Gavin Dillingham and Erin Kinney joined a diverse group of environmental experts to present at the 2017 Greater Houston Environmental Summit, held August 4th at the United Way Houston.
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HARC Headquarters earns Award of Merit from ENR Texas & Louisiana
HARC’s green headquarters, constructed by Brookstone LP and designed by Gensler, has earned an Award of Merit in the Engineering News Record Texas & Louisiana's 2017 Best Projects competition. Out of 108 entries, ENR Texas & Louisiana jurors recognized 37 projects across 17 categories as the region's best.
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HARC and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension release a report assessing success of compensatory wetland mitigation in the Houston-Galveston metropolitan region
HARC and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension recently released a project report through a grant from the Texas General Land Office Coastal Management Program.
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EFD Awarded Grant from the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation for the Water Challenge Pilot, focusing on the Permian Basin
The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) Program, managed by HARC, works with industry, academia, regulators, environmental organizations and other stakeholders to provide unbiased science addressing environmental/societal aspects associated with petroleum drilling and production operations.
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DOE Combined Heat and Power Summit at the ACEEE Summer Study August 15
Join HARC Program Director Gavin Dillingham, PhD, at the CHP Summit to discuss the current state of the combined heat and power market, and learn about innovative CHP market engagement programs supported by states, utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Technical Partnership Program.
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Gavin Dillingham to discuss Solar Power at Going Green Sustainability Lecture
The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N.’s next Going Green Sustainability Lecture: “Solar Energy—Beyond Consumer Rates; What’s Next in Developing Community Energy Projects?” is scheduled for Thursday, September 28, at 7:00 p.m. The lecture will be held at HARC, 8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, TX 77381.
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HARC in the news
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Health Of Galveston Bay Gets Get Mixed Grade In Annual Report Card
Houston Matters host, Craig Cohen, speaks with HARC President Lisa Gonzalez and Galveston Bay Foundation’s T’Noya Thompson about what contributed to this year’s overall grade of “C” in the Galveston Bay Foundation’s annual report card.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Galveston Bay gets a "C" in annual environmental report card
Galveston Bay receives a "C" on an environmental report card.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Consortium Success
Study conducted by Texas A&M University and HARC highlighted at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC). This study outlines steps companies can take to address community anxieties over new energy development.
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