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.
As the city efficiency leaders retrofit public buildings, create innovative financing, benchmark and collect energy data, implement building codes, and initiate other new programs, HARC, SECO, and SPEER are producing a series of case studies documenting their best practices.
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.
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.
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.