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.
Partnering with Bruce Race, Director of the Center for Sustainability and Resilience (CeSAR) at the University of Houston, HARC recently co-hosted Advanced Waste Management: Environmental and Economic Benefits. This public symposium was held as news broke that Houston would be excluding glassware from its list of green bin recyclables. The announcement marks a retreat from the city’s One Bin for All strategy, which was funded in 2013 through a $1 million grant from the Bloomberg Foundation.
HARC has worked with the City of Houston on a wide range of solar energy projects. Through its partnership with the City of Houston, HARC helped the City demonstrate leadership in clean energy and environmental performance.
Solar energy projects have included:
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.
In partnership with the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), HARC is launching the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program Texas Industrial Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) grant.