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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

ENERGY AND CONSERVATION/CONTINGENT VALUATION ANALYSIS IN PINEDALE, WYOMING
Private Sector Role in Sustainability

Team

Marc Epstein, Ph.D., Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
Sally Widener, Ph.D., Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
Nicholas Lacouture, Graduate Student, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
Rachel Gilman, Graduate Student, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University

Project Background

This project analyzes trade-offs to public priorities which are given to conservation and energy development in Pinedale, Wyoming, an area located in the Rocky Mountains gas fairway. The project presents an unusual opportunity for Rice to focus on the role of the private sector in sustainable development. Dr. Marc Epstein has led a student project to undertake a contingent valuation analysis to determine the priorities of major stakeholders regarding such matters as energy production, conservation, and employment.

Project Update

A six-month study was completed and results have been published. "From a sustainability standpoint, Pinedale offers tremendous opportunity for studying the balance between development and conservation," said Dr. Epstein, project advisor.

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