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Mission

The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

Research Spotlight

Developing Performance Metrics
Developing Performance Metrics and Methods for Evaluating Social Impacts
Among the most critical challenges in the fields of sustainability and the management of non profit organizations is measurement of social impacts. Large corporations are often faced with evaluating tradeoffs between sustainability and financial performance as they evaluate proposals and face decisions related to job layoffs and other labor practices, environmental responsibility, community activities, and many others. Read more »

Welcome

The Shell Center creates an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the quality of life including environmental resources.  It supports the efforts of Rice University's faculty, staff and students to better our planet's economy, society and environment.

 About Us 

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The Center was launched in early 2003, with funding from the Shell Oil Foundation and subsequent funding from the Shell Oil Company.
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 Research 

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The Center supports faculty research on critical matters such as understanding ozone formation; the impact of invasive species on biodiversity.
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 Outreach 

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Externally we work with a wide range of entities including government, industry, academia, healthcare and non-profits.
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 Education 

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We foster awareness of sustainability issues among our students by providing unusual opportunities to learn about how diverse elements of society may contribute to the sustainability of our planet.  Read more » 

 

News


April 20, 2015  -  SCS Sustainable Development Award Winners at RURS

January 27, 2015  -  US BCSD Council Meeting at Rice

December 23, 2014  -  Envisioning Change - Zero Carbon Development

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 Houston Community Sustainability - Quality of Life Atlas 

 A smart and interactive application to visualize the data of the Houston Sustainability Indicators. Read more here or visit the site directly.

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