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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.

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Lilibeth André  

Shell Center for Sustainability 

Wiess College Associate 

Rice University 

Lilibeth André is the Associate Director of the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University since 2007. She manages the research, outreach and education activities of the center working directly with faculty, students, and other organizations and institutions. She is a Wiess College Associate and a member of the Campus Parking Committee. 

Previously she was the Houston Bicycle-Pedestrian Coordinator where she oversaw public relations and engineering design of a $100M, 350-mile network, completing design of the first 15-year plan. She was Technical Communications Specialist for the Houston Airport System’s Planning, Design and Construction Division, and managed the Houston Air Quality Program for the City of Houston, where she began her career in the Houston Recycling Division, in 1992. 

Additional experience includes the administration of transportation, environmental and contract service programs for the City of Phoenix; architectural design and management of residential and commercial projects in Mexico; and marketing of international consumer brands in Mexico. She also maintains a career in fine art. 

Ms. André has a BBA from LeTourneau University, and a Design degree from the Centro de Estudios Tecnológicos 55, in Coyoacan, Mexico, where she learned sustainable architectural design before the term existed because resource conservation was key. She received certification as a Natural Health Professional and completed the Doctor of Naturopathy Program at Trinity School of Natural Health in 2013. In 2012, she published and illustrated her first book, The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant, which she uses to share with Hispanics and non-Hispanics about the Aztec culture, writing, art, and innovation. Her second book, The Songs of My Grandfather, was published in 2014. It is a tribute.  

She is the founding Director of Alquimia Cultural de Houston, a cultural and literary group, and is an active member of Las Comadres Para Las Americas. She is a former member of the National Council for Science and the Environment’s Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, and the Technical Advisory Committee of the Transportation Policy Council for the Houston-Galveston region. She received the Sucesos Newspapers and Solo Mujeres Magazine Woman of The Year - Women in Arts Award in 2015 for her work with Alquimia Cultural de Houston. Liibeth was selected as the Distinguished University Associate at Wiess College for the 2014-2015 academic year.