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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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The Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS) announces the appointment of Lester King, Ph.D., as the SCS Postdoctoral Fellow to lead the Sustainable Development Indicators Project for the Houston region. 

 
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In leading the project, Dr. King will develop a system to gather existing regional data to measure and analyze findings on a long-term basis. His first step will be to determine a baseline to reflect Houston’s current picture. Dr. King suggests, ‘A robust sustainable indicator system should go beyond traditional performance reporting to include a normative component for specific targets; a component to include relative stakeholders geared towards bridging the system elements and; a component to represent the interrelatedness of indicators. This model structure provides a comprehensive reflection of the benefits of sustainability as applied to understanding the complex and interactive networks that exist within regions. 

 

The work follows the findings of the report “Measuring City Sustainability: Project Houston”, by Jim Blackburn, Professor in The Practice In Environmental Law, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Together with academic advisors in the area of economics, sociology and environment, Dr. King sets out on this long-range project to measure the sustainability of the Houston region. His work will include other centers and institutes on the Rice University campus as well as regional partners. 

 

Dr. King is a graduate of Texas Southern University (TSU) where he received a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy. He also holds a Master of City Planning from TSU. He is an AICP certified Planner and holds LEED certification as well. His work experience includes consulting and planning for various projects at the local and regional levels. He has also produced multiple presentations and publications on sustainability at the local, regional and national level. 

 

The Shell Center for Sustainability fosters 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. Read more at http://shellcenter.rice.edu