Sustainability Stars

The West Houston Association (“WHA”) Sustainability Stars Program recognizes qualified applicants for sustainability efforts in land development and infrastructure in Greater West Houston. This includes (a) Investigation; (b) Investment; (c) Integration into construction; (d) Inspiration; and (e) Innovation. A development project/team can receive multiple recognition/awards (e.g., Investigation + Investment = 2), up to 5 stars. WHA is not attempting to create new practices, just recognizing the practices and programs established by others. The major goal of the WHA Sustainability Stars Program is to gather insights into sustainable infrastructure so that WHA’s members have reliable information on the value provided by sustainable infrastructure and development practices and to recognize the early adopters of such practices. Thus, the Sustainable Infrastructure Committee will award individuals for simply exploring or implementing sustainable infrastructure plans. Applicants are encouraged to apply in pre-design and to continue updating their applications as the project progresses.

Sustainability Stars Application

Scroll down to review each community that has earned this distinction.

 

INVESTIGATION STAR  

Recognizes project sponsors
who study or evaluate the use
of sustainability elements in
their project prior to any
project implementation
activities.

INVESTMENT STAR

Recognizes project
sponsors who include
sustainability
elements in the
design of their
project.

INTEGRATION STAR

Recognizes project
sponsors who include
sustainability elements in
a constructed project.

INSPIRATION STAR 

Recognizes project
sponsors who receive
qualifying third‐party
recognition for
sustainability
elements in a project

INNOVATION STAR

Recognizes project sponsors
who include some
sustainability program or
element in their project that is
not otherwise identified in
this matrix


2017 Sustainability Stars Award Winners:

Stonebrook Estates

Investment 

Integration

Stonebrook Estates, a 51.4-acre single-family residential, low-impact development, is located near Tomball, Texas. The 135 lot development consists of approximately 70 completed homes, each with an average sales price over $500,000. Stonebrook was developed with LID/GI amenities in mind and a hybrid stormwater management system, which uses natural drainage systems coupled with traditional storm sewers to adequately direct stormwater around and away from the homes.   Read more…

 

 

Jersey Meadows Stormwater Detention Basin in Jersey Village

Investigation

Investment

Integration

The project team designed the wet bottom basin with stormwater quality treatment wetlands to filter and absorb
stormwater pollutants. Mitigation wetlands (separate from the treatment wetlands) were designed to replace existing non‐jurisdictional wetlands impacted by construction. A tree planting plan was developed as both a park amenity for the City of Jersey Village and to the promote areas of reforestation. Read more…

 

 

Bridgeland’s Purple Pipe & Water Reuse System

Investigation

Investment

Integration

The integration of sustainable infrastructure was a major consideration when planning the Bridgeland development, an 11,400-acre master-planned community in Northwest Harris County. The developer, Howard Hughes Corp., aimed to create a community that seamlessly blended natural features with modern facilities and amenities while being environmentally conscious. Read more…

 

 

2018 Sustainability Stars Award Winners:

Bridgeland Creek Parkway Sections 7 & 8

Investigation 

Investment

The integration of sustainable infrastructure was a major consideration when planning the Bridgeland development, an 11,400-acre master-planned community in Northwest Harris County. The developer, Howard Hughes Corp., aimed to create a community that seamlessly blended natural features with modern facilities and amenities while being environmentally conscious. BGE engineered more than 3,000 acres of lakes, trails, and parks into the design as well as an innovative and forward-thinking water reuse and purple pipe system that reduces the community’s overall demand for treated, potable (drinking) water. Bridgeland’s wastewater treatment plant was designed to treat water to Type 1 effluent standards, water that is clean enough to discharge into public lakes. Bridgeland also has rights to a certain volume of water in the adjacent Cypress Creek. These two sources of water are pumped into Bridgeland’s interconnected lake system to keep it at a steady level.   Read more…

 

 

Cross Creek Ranch Polishing Pond

Investigation

Investment

Integration

Innovation

The Cross Creek Ranch Polishing Pond was awarded the Investigation, Investment, Integration & Innovation stars. The polishing pond is a residential community infrastructure that is built to be step 1 of 3 in a water management system that repurposes wastewater into use for community landscaping. The use of a 45-acre wetland basin as the base for the project ensures that once the water has completed its journey through the system “any discharge should essentially be devoid of biologically impaired pollutants and high concentrations of oxygen.” This project is the first to earn the Innovation Sustainability star and is owned by Johnson Development and engineered by BGE, Inc. & SWA Group. Read more…

 

 

Queenston Manor Apartment Homes

Inspiration

Investigation

Investment

Integration

The Queenston Manor Apartment Homes was award the Inspiration, Integration,Investigation & Investment stars. This apartment complex uses multiple low impact development (LID) techniques to reduce the requirement for detention and increase the value of the property by building more apartment homes. Though it may appear to look like any other apartment complex in the area, with cisterns below the permeable parking surfaces and stormwater raingardens built into the open green spaces, EHRA Engineering helped develop a worthwhile and environmentally friendly solution after industry detention standards wouldn’t do. Read More…