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From events to a new climate-focused report, here are 3 things to know in Houston energy transition news

Houston energy transition folks — here's what to know to start your week. Photo via Getty Images

Editor's note: Dive headfirst into the new week with three quick things to catch up on in Houston's energy transition: a roundup of events not to miss, a new study puts a dollar sign to Texas' disasters per capita, and three organizations are teaming up for an August event.

When it comes to weather-related events, Texas is expensive

Texas — home to everything from tornadoes to hurricanes — cracks the top 10 of a new report ranking states based on impact from weather-related events.

SmartAsset's new report factored in a myriad of data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to identify which states face the most financial risk due to various weather events. In the report, the states were ranked by the total expected annual financial losses per person. Texas ranked at No. 10. In Texas, the total expected annual loss per person is estimated as $283.15. Click here to see that figure broken down.

3 organizations in Houston receive funding for DOE-backed programming

Later this year, a Wells Fargo Foundation-backed event that's co-administered by the United States Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will feature programming from three Houston organizations.

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator, a $50 million program, announced its eighth cycle of IN2 Channel Partner Strategic Awards. The program is distributing $767,000 across 15 organizations within the Channel Partner network to create impactful workshops at the upcoming Camp Cleantech event in August at CSU Spur in Denver, Colorado.

Houston-based Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator, as well as Activate Global and Greentown Labs, which each have Houston locations, have been named among the awards recipients. The organizations will present workshops aimed at providing critical tools and insights for clean tech startups. Read more about the event and grants.

Events not to miss

Put these Houston-area energy-related events on your calendar.

  • Center for Houston’s Future and the Houston Energy Transition Initiative present a panel and attendee Q&A on Wednesday, May 1, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Partnership Tower 701 Avenida de las Americas, Suite 900. The program will be on the National Petroleum Council’s new report on hydrogen: “Harnessing Hydrogen: A Key Element of the U.S. Energy Future.” Register.
  • Offshore Technology Conference returns to Houston May 6 to 9. Register.
  • Greentown Houston's next Transition on Tap, a monthly networking event, is Wednesday, May 8. Register.
  • The University of Houston is hosting a professional-level course focused on hydrogen. The course is open for registration now, and the orientation event will take place on May 15. Learn more.

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A View From HETI

Discovery Green's Earth Day event generated more than 3,800 pounds of garbage — and over 90 percent of it was diverted from landfills. Photo courtesy of Discovery Green

Discovery Green celebrated Earth Day with a major milestone this year — achieving it’s Zero Waste goal.

The nonprofit, along with Citizens’ Environmental Coalition and Houston Public Works, are announced that the 2024 Green Mountain Energy Earth Day, which generated more than 3,800 pounds of garbage, diverted the majority of that waste from landfills. "Zero Waste," as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency, is successfully diverting at least 90 percent of waste from the landfill.

On Earth Day, Discovery Green composted 2,200 pounds of waste and recycled 1,300 pounds of trash.

“Part of Discovery Green Conservancy’s mission is to serve as a village green for our city and be a source of health and happiness for all. Our goal is to sustain an exceptional environment for nature and people,” Discover Green President Kathryn Lott says in a news release. “We are beyond thrilled to have achieved Zero Waste certification.”

The achievement was made possible by volunteers from the University of Houston – Downtown.

Steve Stelzer, president of Citizens’ Environmental Coalition’s board of directors, acknowledged how rare the achievement is in a public space in a major city like Houston.

“Discovery Green Conservancy stepped up and made a commitment to weigh, measure and record everything. They should be congratulated to have done this at this scale,” Stelzer adds. “The Conservancy said they were going to do it and they did. It’s an amazing accomplishment.”

The 2024 event included:

  • 31,000 visitors in attendance
  • 60 + exhibitors
  • 100 + volunteers
  • 12 artists
    • 9 chalk artists
    • Donkeeboy and Donkeemom
    • Mark Bradford
  • 25 Mark Bradford artworks made of scrap presented in partnership with Houston First
  • 4 short films shown
  • 3,836.7 pounds of waste collected during Green Mountain Energy Earth Day

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