Container Home - Booker T. Washington


We are back! In 2014 the USGBC Gulf Coast Region (GCR) signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” with HISD to build a shipping container demonstration home. It was to be located on the Furr High School campus and built as a collaboration between GCR and HISD students and faculty. Unfortunately, that project did not get off the ground as we had hoped. However, a new school, Booker T. Washington High School, has taken their place. We are back with a new group of passionate students and teachers. Booker T. Washington High School is a historically significant school with an excellent engineering program, vocational training in construction, and several other pathways that will help out with the project. Their staff and students are already very excited to be part of this innovative new concept!

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State of Our Schools: America's K-12 Facilities

Learn more about America’s K-12 facilities in the 2016 State of Our Schools Report

School facilities have a direct impact on student learning, student and staff health, and school finances. But too many students attend school facilities that fall short of providing 21st century learning environments because essential maintenance and capital improvements are underfunded. In fact, the report projects that going forward our nation will under-invest in school buildings by $46 billion annually.

In the State of Our Schools: America’s K-12 Facilities report, we compile and analyze the best available school district data about U.S. K–12 public school facilities funding. Visit to view the data from TX.


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Solar Means Business 2015

Top U.S. Commercial Solar Users


More of America’s businesses are choosing to install solar than ever before. Walmart once again took the top spot among America’s businesses in the electric generation capacity of its solar investments and number of solar projects. The big box retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., boasts a robust 142 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity and has completed 348 installations.

Many more of the country’s most recognizable and best-run companies continue to expand their use of solar energy. IKEA and Costco are powering stores with solar. FedEx distribution centers are powered by solar. Apple and Verizon data centers are powered by solar. The headquarters and offices of Mortenson Construction, L’Oreal, the Better Business Bureau and Forever 21 also rely on solar. Auto manufacturers such as General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen use solar energy, and so do manufacturers such as Owens Corning, Intel, and Johnson & Johnson. Across industries, America’s business leaders are choosing solar to cut costs, help their bottom line and plan for the future.

While this report highlights the ever-expanding list of companies choosing to go solar, it also calls attention to the many ways in which America’s companies are choosing to use solar to meet their business goals. While solar has long been viewed as an environmentally responsible energy choice, businesses now deploy solar because it is a smart fiscal choice as well. In doing so, these companies have proven the viability of solar technology, showing that it is ready now to provide low-cost power generation on an increasingly large scale. With the right policies in place, solar will continue to play a crucial role in moving America’s economy forward.

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Changing Circumstances, Looking at the Future of the Planet


March 12 - April 24, 2016
Houston, Texas USA

FotoFest 2016 Biennial, the Sixteenth International Biennial of Photography and Mixed Media Arts, the work of 34 leading international artists comprise the central exhibitions of the 2016 Biennial, exploring the Biennial theme, CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet.

For information on Participating Spaces exhibitions and events, see the FotoFest 2016 Biennial map and calendar or visit

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