David Hitchcock will present at the Texas Trees Foundation Grey to Green: Creating Cool Cities symposium on May 27, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
City of Houston Feasibility Study for Rooftop Food Production
Green roofs have been around for centuries, but this new study for the City of Houston introduces intriguing and forward looking rooftop agriculture in the heart of the city. The city partnered with the HARC to commission the design and an initial look at the feasibility of urban rooftop food production for downtown city-owned properties.
The study examines intensive, sustainable, and technologically sound approaches that can grow fresh, local, nutritious, and high value crops. It was conducted by renowned designers, planners, and architects to analyze building specific opportunities in downtown; to evaluate twelve municipal sites; to design strikingly different options; and to provide initial business strategies for implementing the best initial projects. Four promising sites have been identified for implementation.
The report summarizes and describes each portion of the investigation process including inventory, analysis and design concepts.
The City of Houston partnered with HARC/GTRI to commission the design and an initial look at the feasibility of urban rooftop food production for downtown city-owned properties. A final report was published on November 25, 2013.
HARC works with the City of Houston on a wide range of energy efficiency projects. Through its partnership with the City of Houston, HARC works with commercial building managers, residential builders, and homeowners to demonstrate leadership in energy efficiency and environmental performance.
In 2015 HARC completed a project that identified the primary sources of fine particulate matter or PM2.5 pollutants in Harris County as well as the control measures that can be used to reduce them. Each control measure has a unique efficiency and cost.
Humans obtain a variety of benefits in the form of goods and services from natural ecosystems. These benefits range from provision of food and timber to aesthetic and recreational experiences.
In 2008 and 2009, the City of Houston published an Emissions Reduction Plan that has driven much of the City’s current energy efficiency and renewable energy activity.