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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

RICE UNIVERSITY-NANKAI UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Identify and Solve Energy and Environmental Needs for Today and Tomorrow

Team

Mason Tomson, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Wei Chen, Ph.D., Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai University
Amy Kan, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Pedro Alvarez, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Phil Bedient, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
C. Herb Ward, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Jim Blackburn, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Qilin Li, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston
Daniel Cohan, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University

 Pedro Alvarez 
Dr. Pedro Alvarez
 Mason Tomson
 Dr. Mason Tomson

Project Background

This project involves a partnership between Nankai University and Rice University which will seek to identify and solve energy and environmental problems important to today's needs and to future developments in China and the United States. Projects will be identified in multiple disciplines including science, engineering, and technology, that will require research. Emphasis will be placed on education at all levels from preschool to professional. Output will include scholarly papers, books, training materials, patents, and technology. A major source of technology exchange will be via visiting scholars and exchange students from both directions. The proposed collaboration will address these principal themes:

•• Reducing the environmental impacts of energy production
•• Water treatment
•• Policy and institutional barriers related to technology development and application

Faculty and administrators from Rice and from Nankai University met for two days in plenary formal presentations and smaller work groups to identify plan-common research. Letters of cooperation, signed by both university presidents, were exchanged and thirteen specific joint research projects were identified.

 Rice University 
Rice University
 Nankai University 
Nankai University

Project Update

Faculty from Rice University have partnered with researchers at Nankai University in Tianjin, China. The goal is to identify and solve energy and environmental problems important to today’s needs and to future development in China and the United States.  This partnership  has formed the China-U.S. Center for Environmental Remediation and Sustainable Development. The Center’s objective is to address environmental issues common to US and Chinese sustainable development, with emphasis in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA), the center of the Binhai New Area of Tianjin (BNAT), officially designated as the “New Engine of Growth” in China.  The Center will serve as a catalyst for Sino-US governmental, industrial, and academic collaboration.  Center participants will interact with Chinese officials, academics, and potential commercial partners active in TEDA on issues of common interest.

Co-directors of the China-U.S. Center for Environmental Remediation and Sustainable Development are Dr. Mason Tomson, Dr. Wei Chen, and Dr. Amy Kan. The Center researchers include Dr. Pedro Alvarez, Dr. Philip Bedient, Dr. Mason Tomson, Dr. C. Herb Ward, Dr. Daniel Cohan, Dr. Qilin Li, Dr. Amy Kan, Dr. Wei Chen and Mr. Jim Blackburn.

Research will be identified in multiple disciplines including science, engineering and technology.  Output will include scholarly papers, books, training materials, patents, and technology.  A major source of technology exchange will be via visiting scholars and exchange students.  Seven areas of research have been identified:

1. Nanotechnology application in environmental protection and cleanup.
2. Drinking water preservation, purification, and protection.
3. Ground water preservation, remediation, and modeling
4. Atmospheric pollution prevention, control and modeling
5. Environmental law, regulation, and policy studies
6. Energy issues related to circular economy and sustainable development
7. Basic science seed projects.

China Business Council for Sustainable Development (CBCSD)

The Shell Center hosted the First Joint Meeting between the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development and the China Business Council for Sustainable Development on June 28, 2004.

Launched in 2002, the US BCSDis a partner organization of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a global network of 160 international companies with members drawn from 30 countries and 20 major industrial sectors. The WBCSD plays a leading role in shaping the business response to the challenges of sustainable development. The US BCSD plays a complimentary role by communicating those policies to the US business community and its stakeholders, and by implementing projects that apply sustainable development principles to real world problems.

The China Business Council (CBCSD) was officially established in October 2003 through the joint efforts of China Enterprise Confederation (CEC) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), as well as long processes of preparation by numbers of well-known Chinese and international companies. CBCSD is a coalition of leading Chinese and foreign enterprises registered and operating in China as a national organization, established through the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.

For more information, visit:

http://chinacenter.rice.edu

China-U.S. Center for Environmental Remediation and Sustainable Development organization 

Shell Center Annual Report in Chinese  

Outreach Activities

China & Sustainable Development 
September 2004 Seminar

Sponsorship of First Joint Conference Between the US and Chinese Business Councils on Sustainable Development  

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