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HARC Newsletter | October 2018


Greater Houston Regional Resilience Initiative
A year after Hurricane Harvey dumped up to 60 inches of rainfall on the Houston area – taking over 80 lives and causing an estimated $180 billion of damage – the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), are excited to announce the launch of a new initiative that will create practical, community-led solutions to direct, accelerate, and streamline existing recovery and resilience efforts.

The Greater Houston Regional Resilience Initiative – funded by The JPB Foundation - is a partnership between ISC, HARC and regional and local leaders that will help tackle the Upper Texas Gulf Coast’s economic, environmental, and social vulnerabilities – some of which were laid bare in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The initiative will combine HARC’s expertise in translating science to actionable programs and policy and knowledge of the region with ISC’s experience working with local leaders to find community-based resilience solutions for neighborhoods, cities, and regions.
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Featured Application
Texas Coastal Resources Viewer
The Texas Coastal Resources Viewer combines colonial waterbird, coastal fish and coastal water quality data to reveal trends in these coastal resources via an interactive mapping application with charts and images.
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Featured Researcher
Likun Chen
Geospatial/IT Analytics Researcher
Likun Chen is an IT & Web Development Specialist at HARC. He is responsible for IT support and admins all HARC onsite and cloud-based servers. He also utilizes his full-stack background and expertise in multimedia post-production to develop data visualization and web applications for multiple projects. Likun graduated with a Master’s degree in Geography at Oregon State University with a focus on geographic data visualization. He received his B.S. in Geographic Information Systems with a concentration in Web Mapping from Huazhong Agricultural University.
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Press Release
HARC earns first ENERGY STAR certification
The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) has announced that the organization’s headquarters in Houston, Texas has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance.

“HARC continues to demonstrate true environmental leadership by reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that are proven to contribute to climate change,” stated Jean Lupinacci, ENERGY STAR Director for Commercial & Industrial Buildings. “Today, 45 percent of U.S. emissions are attributable to commercial and industrial buildings, which is why improving energy efficiency is so critical for our future.”
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Announcements & Events
CHP and the Education Sector: overcoming challenges and finding opportunities - Nov 14
Join the Department of Energy’s Southcentral CHP TAP on November 14 for a half-day workshop on trends, opportunities, and challenges of Combined Heat and Power systems in the education sector.
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Energy Needs and Solutions for Oil & Gas Operations: Use of Waste Heat to Power (WHP) & Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Upstream to Downstream
Register for the upcoming Energy Needs and Solutions for Oil & Gas Operations: Use of Waste Heat to Power & Combined Heat and Power Upstream to Downstream, on October 29, 2018, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM (MDT) Denver, CO.
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HARC Researchers Presented at 2018 Texas Energy Summit
HARC researchers had a prominent presence at the recent Texas Energy Summit held September 24-26, 2018 in Houston, TX.
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HARC to Partner with City of Houston to Develop Climate Action Plan
The City of Houston recently announced its Climate Action Plan that will bring together stakeholders from across the community to develop a variety of cost-effective energy efficiency, renewable energy and transportation measures that will reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement.
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Dr. Fanxu Meng presented at upcoming American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) – Rocky Mountain Local Section Meeting
HARC, through a grant from the Department of Energy, presented at the upcoming American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) – Rocky Mountain Local Section Meeting in Denver on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.
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HARC Researchers presented at the USGBC Texas Energy Summit on October 11
HARC researchers led several sessions at the USGBC Texas Energy Summit on October 11, 2018.
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Lisa Gonzalez discussed Nature & Resilient Communities at October Walk in the Woods
Lisa Gonzalez, HARC’s President and CEO, spoke at Walk in the Woods event presented by the Woodlands Township on Thursday, October 11, 2018.
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Lisa Gonzalez, President & CEO, Addresses Guests at The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership Luncheon
Lisa Gonzalez, HARC’s President and CEO, was invited to speak at The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership ‘s (EDP) Quarterly Partner Luncheon on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
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HARC Researchers spoke at “Energy Future Exchange – Houston Dialogue on Renewable Energy” program on September 27
HARC researchers joined a panel of international experts on September 27 to discuss renewable energy and its role in the future energy system at the Energy Future Exchange – Houston Dialogue.
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Dr. Fanxu Meng at LCA XVIII Conference in Fort Collins, CO - September 25th – 27th
Dr. Fanxu Meng, Research Associate with HARC, presented LCA XVIII Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado, September 25th – 27th.
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WEBINAR | Combined Heat and Power for the Modern Oilfield
View the recorded webinar, CHP for the Modern Oilfield, held on September 13, 2018
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HARC Researcher at EPA Region 6 Stormwater Management Conference
HARC Research Associate, Ryan Bare, attended the EPA Region 6 Stormwater Management Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in August 2018.
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HARC in the news
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Houston Matters interviews Dr. Gavin Dillingham with a response to IPCC Climate Report
Dr. Gavin Dillingham interviewed by Houston Matters host, Craig Cohen, to discuss United Nations report on climate change. Skip to 2:42 for Gavin’s interview and overview of what is happening in the greater Houston region.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018
HARC Earns First ENERGY STAR Certification
HARC has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance.
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Monday, October 8, 2018
Workshop Series: Energy Efficiency for Business - October 30
Join HARC, Greater East End Management District and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development final lunch & learn workshop that will help small to mid-sized business owners and developers increase energy efficiency and save money.
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Saturday, September 22, 2018
Lisa Gonzalez, President & CEO, Addresses Guests at The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership Luncheon
Lisa Gonzalez, HARC’s President and CEO, was invited to speak at The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership ‘s (EDP) Quarterly Partner Luncheon on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
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Thursday, September 13, 2018
Houston’s Climate Action Plan Will Aim at Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
HARC will partner with City of Houston to develop its Climate Action Plan. “In follow up to our work on the City of Houston’s Sustainability Action Plan, this initiative will support environmental sustainability community-wide,” states Dr. Gavin Dillingham, HARC's Program Director, Clean Energy Policy.
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Monday, September 10, 2018
Environmental panel to speak on making Houston more resilient to climate change
National environment experts address how the public and private sectors can help Houston prepare for next Hurricane Harvey at HARC's People & Nature Speaker Series.
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