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 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.
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.
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.