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New app maps out hot Heights development's shopping and restaurants

Find stores and restaurants, hours, and event schedules with this new app. Photo courtesy of M-K-T Heights

Bustling mixed-use Heights development M-K-T (600 N Shepherd Dr.) has been all the buzz lately, with new hip fashion shops such as Nollege and TAFT strolling in and Homestead Breakfast, Lunch & Later serving up breakfast to hungry shoppers. A recent opening party for Chloe Dao's new locale was all the rage on local IG stories.

Now, more good news for M-K-T shoppers: the center has announced a new mobile app, which helps visitors locate a retailer, easily check for upcoming events, or quickly look at what time their favorite restaurant or retailer is opening.

Users can download the app, created by Triten Real Estate Partners, here.

The new app (available for both Apple and Android users ) boasts a full directory of on-site retailers, wellness, restaurants, and corporate headquarters, according to a release. Location-aware maps help users navigate the development and scan images, descriptions, and store hours for each on-site business.

A full, up-to-date calendar of M-K-T's events will help plan what to where and when for scenesters.

"An over 200,000 square foot property can be intimidating to visitors and sometimes walkup signage and printed directories aren't enough", said Lisa Reyerse, marketing and brand director at Triten Real Estate Partner, in a statement.

"The M-K-T Heights mobile app allows our visitors to always have an up-to-date property directory, location-aware map, and a full calendar of on site events in their pocket at all times. The app is simple and easy to use, yet robust with information that our visitors need to help navigate and enjoy their time at M-K-T."

After being announced a few years ago, the M-K-T has slowly opened its stores and eateries over the past several months.

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This article originally ran on CultureMap.

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Business and government leaders in the Houston area hope the region can become a hub for CCS activity. Photo via Getty Images

Three big businesses — Air Liquide, BASF, and Shell — have added their firepower to the effort to promote large-scale carbon capture and storage for the Houston area’s industrial ecosystem.

These companies join 11 others that in 2021 threw their support behind the initiative. Participants are evaluating how to use safe carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at Houston-area facilities that provide energy, power generation, and advanced manufacturing for plastics, motor fuels, and packaging.

Other companies backing the CCS project are Calpine, Chevron, Dow, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Linde, LyondellBasell, Marathon Petroleum, NRG Energy, Phillips 66, and Valero.

Business and government leaders in the Houston area hope the region can become a hub for CCS activity.

“Large-scale carbon capture and storage in the Houston region will be a cornerstone for the world’s energy transition, and these companies’ efforts are crucial toward advancing CCS development to achieve broad scale commercial impact,” Charles McConnell, director of University of Houston’s Center for Carbon Management in Energy, says in a news release.

McConnell and others say CCS could help Houston and the rest of the U.S. net-zero goals while generating new jobs and protecting current jobs.

CCS involves capturing carbon dioxide from industrial activities that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere and then injecting it into deep underground geologic formations for secure and permanent storage. Carbon dioxide from industrial users in the Houston area could be stored in nearby onshore and offshore storage sites.

An analysis of U.S Department of Energy estimates shows the storage capacity along the Gulf Coast is large enough to store about 500 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to more than 130 years’ worth of industrial and power generation emissions in the United States, based on 2018 data.

“Carbon capture and storage is not a single technology, but rather a series of technologies and scientific breakthroughs that work in concert to achieve a profound outcome, one that will play a significant role in the future of energy and our planet,” says Gretchen Watkins, U.S. president of Shell. “In that spirit, it’s fitting this consortium combines CCS blueprints and ambitions to crystalize Houston’s reputation as the energy capital of the world while contributing to local and U.S. plans to help achieve net-zero emissions.”

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