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HARC Newsletter | May 2017

Closer to Home

In the March newsletter, our guest contributor, Rives Taylor from Gensler, examined the collaborative design process associated with our new headquarters facility. Since then, we have moved into our new home and are on track to achieving a LEED Platinum certification for the building. The new building will function as more than office space for our research team; the new building is designed to be a working showcase and manifestation of our sustainability vision.

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Coastal Impact Technology Program: Fostering Environmental Stewardship in the Oil and Gas Workforce

The EFD Virtual Site offers a ‘Tour Video’ that explains the oil and gas process, history, and terminology. There is also a 'Help Video' to show how to use the site. These short videos are hosted by Ralph and Rhonda Roughneck® to familiarize members of industry, government, education, and the public with environmentally sustainable technologies that are now available or are under development in oil and gas exploration and production operations.

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HARC’s New Home: A Vision of Sustainability Realized
As a result of beginning with the end in mind, HARC's headquarters is on track to achieving a Platinum Level Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Check out our HARC Building page at to learn more about the building’s design and sustainable technologies, as well as recent news and feature articles.
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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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Announcements & Upcoming Events
HARC Research on Engine Emissions at ASCE/EWRI Congress May 24
Natural gas fuel is increasingly used to power oil and gas operations, including drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Natural gas offers advantages in reducing fuel costs and engine emissions. One way in which this can be done is with Dual Fuel Diesel Engines.
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Webinar: Galveston Bay Watershed and Wetland Permit Planning Tool May 17
HARC has created a simple, online GIS interface that provides access to datasets that can facilitate wetland impact avoidance and shed light on the potential impacts of wetland loss in the lower Galveston Bay watershed.
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Combined Heat and Power (CHP) for Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience and Energy Savings Workshop
HARC’s DOE Southwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships gave a workshop on Combined Heat and Power (CHP) for Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience and Energy Savings at AIChE-STS Monthly Dinner Meeting in Houston on May 4, 2017.
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Webinar: Micro-grids with CHP – Improving Campus and Community Resilience
On May 4th, the U.S. DOE Southwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (SW CHP TAP) and IDEA webinar presented strategies, best practices and decision variables that will help move the deployment of District Energy with CHP on hospital campuses as an efficient and resilient clean energy solution.
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SPE Gulf Coast Section features Rich Haut as Volunteer of the Month
Rich Haut has been honored by the Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) as one of the Volunteers of the Month. He is featured in the SPE-GCS Volunteer Spotlight section of the SPE Gulf Coast Section Newsletter “Connect” in the April 2017 issue.
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Watch CHP and Industrial Applications – Reducing Costs and Improving Resilience Webinar
The Department of Energy’s Southwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP) led a webinar on the opportunities and applications of CHP in industrial settings. Learn more about these CHP benefits and opportunities for your site by visiting
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HARC in the news
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Climate resilience is a reality for our growing region
The effects of climate change and the future of flood mitigation in the region is debated by local officials, but HARC’s Lisa Gonzalez says a paradigm shift in how we deal with these issues is needed.
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