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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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Reports & Publications


Anarde, K.A., Kameshwar, S., Irza, J.N., Nittrouer, J.A., Lorenzo-Trueba, J., Padgett, J.E., Sebastian, A., and Bedient, P.B., 2018. Impacts of Hurricane Storm Surge on Infrastructure Vulnerability for an Evolving Coastal Landscape. Natural Hazards Review, 19(1), 04017020, 14 pp.

Anderson, J.B., Davidson, M., Geissman, J.W., Hampson, G.J., Reed, D.J. and Törnqvist, T.E., 2013. Coastal processes and environments under sea-level rise and changing climate: science to inform management. GSA Today23, pp.16-17.

Anderson, J.B., Wallace, D.J., Simms, A.R., Rodriguez, A.B. and Milliken, K.T., 2014. Variable response of coastal environments of the northwestern Gulf of Mexico to sea-level rise and climate change: Implications for future change. Marine Geology352, pp.348-366. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2013.12.008

Barnes, R.T., Gallagher, M.E., Masiello, C.A., Liu, Z. and Dugan, B., 2014. Biochar-induced changes in soil hydraulic conductivity and dissolved nutrient fluxes constrained by laboratory experiments. PLoS One9(9), p.e108340. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0108340

Balomenos, G.P., Hu, Y., Padgett, J.E. and Shelton, K, 2018. Impact of coastal hazards on resident’s spatial accessibility to health services. Journal of Infrastructure Systems, in review.

Balomenos, G.P. and Padgett, J.E., 2018. Fragility analysis of pile-supported wharves and piers exposed to storm surge and waves. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 144(2), 04017046. http://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)WW.1943-5460.0000436.

Bernier, C., Kameshwar, S., Elliot, J.R., Padgett, J.E. and Bedient, P.B., 2018. Evaluation of mitigation strategies to protect oil infrastructure and nearby communities during storm surge. Natural Hazards Review, in review.

Bernier, C., Elliot, J.R., Padgett, J.E., Kellerman, F. and Bedient, P.B., 2017. Evolution of social vulnerability and risks of chemical spills during storm surge along the Houston Ship Channel. Natural Hazards Review, 18(4), 04017013. http://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000252

Bhatia, N. and Casper, M. eds., 2013. The petropolis of tomorrow. Actar Publishers & Architecture at Rice.

Brewer, C.E., Chuang, V.J., Masiello, C.A., Gonnermann, H., Gao, X., Dugan, B., Driver, L.E., Panzacchi, P., Zygourakis, K. and Davies, C.A., 2014. New approaches to measuring biochar density and porosity. Biomass and Bioenergy, 66, pp.176-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.03.059

Dong, P., Zhu, Y., Zhang, J., Peng, C., Yan, Z., Li, L., Peng, Z., Ruan, G., Xiao, W., Lin, H. and Lou, J.M., 2014. Graphene on metal grids as the transparent conductive material for dye sensitized solar cell. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C118(45), pp.25863-25868. http://doi.org/10.1021/jp505735j

Epstein, M.J. and Buhovac, A.R., 2014. Making sustainability work: Best practices in managing and measuring corporate social, environmental, and economic impacts. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. eBook ISBN 9781609949945

Epstein, M.J. and Yuthas, K., 2017. Measuring and Improving Social Impacts: a guide for nonprofits, companies and Impact investors. Routledge. eBook ISBN 9781351276238

Kameshwar, S. and Padgett, J.E., 2015. Stochastic modeling of geometric imperfections in aboveground storage tanks for probabilistic buckling capacity estimation. ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering2(2), p.C4015005. http://doi.org/10.1061/AJRUA6.0000846

Kaseman, T., Boubour, J. and Schuler, D.A., 2012. Validation of the efficacy of a solar-thermal powered autoclave system for off-grid medical instrument wet sterilization. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene87(4), pp.602-607. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.2012.12-0061

Kempf, C.N., Smith, K.A., Pesek, S.L., Li, X. and Verduzco, R., 2013. Amphiphilic poly (alkylthiophene) block copolymers prepared via externally initiated GRIM and click coupling. Polymer Chemistry4(6), pp.2158-2163. http://doi.org/10.1039/C3PY21098G

King, L.O., 2016. Functional sustainability indicators. Ecological indicators66, pp.121-131. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.01.027

Kinney, T.J., Masiello, C.A., Dugan, B., Hockaday, W.C., Dean, M.R., Zygourakis, K. and Barnes, R.T., 2012. Hydrologic properties of biochars produced at different temperatures. Biomass and Bioenergy41, pp.34-43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.01.033

LeCroy, C., Masiello, C.A., Rudgers, J.A., Hockaday, W.C. and Silberg, J.J., 2013. Nitrogen, biochar, and mycorrhizae: alteration of the symbiosis and oxidation of the char surface. Soil Biology and Biochemistry58, pp.248-254. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2012.11.023

Lin, Y.H., Smith, K.A., Kempf, C.N. and Verduzco, R., 2013. Synthesis and crystallinity of all-conjugated poly (3-hexylthiophene) block copolymers. Polymer Chemistry4(2), pp.229-232. http://doi.org/10.1039/C2PY20830J

Ma, J., Sun, Y., Gleichauf, K., Lou, J. and Li, Q., 2011. Nanostructure on taro leaves resists fouling by colloids and bacteria under submerged conditions. Langmuir27(16), pp.10035-10040. http://doi.org/10.1021/la2010024

Masiello, C.A., Chen, Y., Gao, X., Liu, S., Cheng, H.Y., Bennett, M.R., Rudgers, J.A., Wagner, D.S., Zygourakis, K. and Silberg, J.J., 2013. Biochar and microbial signaling: production conditions determine effects on microbial communication. Environmental science & technology47(20), pp.11496-11503. http://10.1021/es401458s

McBride, R.A., Anderson, J.B., Buynevich, I.V., Cleary, W., Fenster, M.S., FitzGerald, D.M., Harris, M.S., Hein, C.J., Klein, A.H.F., Liu, B. and de Menezes, J.T., 2013. 10.8 Morphodynamics of Barrier Systems: A Synthesis.

Moran, K.E., Nittrouer, J.A., Perillo, M.M., LorenzoTrueba, J. and Anderson, J.B., 2017. Morphodynamic modeling of fluvial channel fill and avulsion time scales during early Holocene transgression, as substantiated by the incised valley stratigraphy of the Trinity River, Texas. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface122(1), pp.215-234. https://doi.org/10.1002/2015JF003778

O’Connell, H.A.,King, L. and Bratter, J.L., 2016. Community Resources in a Diverse City: Supermarket Location and Emerging Racial Hierarchies. Race and Social Problems8(4), pp.281-295. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12552-016-9184-7

Odezulu, C.I., Lorenzo-Trueba, J., Wallace, D.J. and Anderson, J.B., 2018. Follets Island: a case of unprecedented change and transition from rollover to subaqueous shoals. In Barrier Dynamics and Response to Changing Climate (pp. 147-174). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-68086-6_5

Odezulu, C.I., Lorenzo-Trueba, J., Wallace, D.J. and Anderson, J.B., 2017. Stratigraphic and sedimentological evidence for unprecedented shoreline migration rate during historic time: Follets Island, TX. Barrier dynamics and the impacts of climate change on barrier evolution.

Peifer, J.L., Ecklund, E.H. and Fullerton, C., 2014. How evangelicals from two churches in the American Southwest frame their relationship with the environment. Review of Religious Research56(3), pp.373-397. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13644-014-0153-6

Rutter, A.P., Shakya, K.M., Lehr, R., Schauer, J.J. and Griffin, R.J., 2012. Oxidation of gaseous elemental mercury in the presence of secondary organic aerosols. Atmospheric environment59, pp.86-92. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.05.009

Schneider, M.P., Pyle, L.A., Clark, K.L., Hockaday, W.C., Masiello, C.A. and Schmidt, M.W., 2013. Toward a “molecular thermometer” to estimate the charring temperature of wildland charcoals derived from different biomass sources. Environmental science & technology47(20), pp.11490-11495. http://doi.org/10.1021/es401430f

Simms, A.R., Anderson, J.B., DeWitt, R., Lambeck, K. and Purcell, A., 2013. Quantifying rates of coastal subsidence since the last interglacial and the role of sediment loading. Global and Planetary Change111, pp.296-308. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2013.10.002

Sun, H., Brewer, C.E., Masiello, C.A. and Zygourakis, K., 2015. Nutrient transport in soils amended with biochar: A transient model with two stationary phases and intraparticle diffusion. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research54(16), pp.4123-4135. http://doi.org/10.1021/ie503893t

Sun, H., Hockaday, W.C., Masiello, C.A. and Zygourakis, K., 2012. Multiple controls on the chemical and physical structure of biochars. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research51(9), pp.3587-3597. http://doi.org/10.1021/ie201309r

Wallace, D.J. and Anderson, J.B., 2013. Unprecedented erosion of the upper Texas coast: Response to accelerated sea-level rise and hurricane impacts. GSA Bulletin125(5-6), pp.728-740. https://doi.org/10.1130/B30725.1

Wallace, D.J., Woodruff, J.D., Anderson, J.B. and Donnelly, J.P., 2014. Palaeohurricane reconstructions from sedimentary archives along the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and western North Atlantic Ocean margins. Geological Society, London, Special Publications388(1), pp.481-501. https://doi.org/10.1144/SP388.12

Yazdani, A., Dueñas-Osorio, L. and Li, Q., 2013. A scoring mechanism for the rank aggregation of network robustness. Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation18(10), pp.2722-2732. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cnsns.2013.03.002

Yu, C., Ma, J., Zhang, J., Lou, J., Wen, D. and Li, Q., 2014. Modulating particle adhesion with micro-patterned surfaces. ACS applied materials & interfaces6(11), pp.8199-8207. https://doi.org/10.1021/am500887w



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  Shell Center for Sustainability Annual Report  | 2016 (download)

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  Sustainable Communities and Public Education | The 6th Houston Sustainability Indicators Report | 2016 (download)

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 2015 Annual Report Cover   Shell Center for Sustainability Annual Report | 2015 (download)

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The 5th Houston Sustainability Indicators Report: Opportunity Among The Houston Districts | September 30, 2015.

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Shell Center for Sustainability Annual Report | 2014 . (download)

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Houston Community Sustainability: The Quality of Life Atlas | March 10, 2014.

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HSI Report Presentation | September 23, 2013.


SCS Annual Report 2012   Shell Center for Sustainability Annual Report | 2012 (download) 
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SCS-Schuler-Solar cover   Validation of the Efficacy of a Solar-thermal Powered Autoclave System for Off-grid Medical Instrument Wet Sterilization, The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, July 30, 2012

SCS-10 Year Report Cover   Shell Center for Sustainability 10-Year Report (2002-2012) 

SCS 2011 Report Cover   Shell Center for Sustainability Annual Report | 2011 (download)
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Atlas for Galveston cover sm   Atlas of Sustainable Strategies for Galveston Island. (2011) (free download

Measuring City Sustainability cover   Measuring City Sustainability: Project Houston (2011)

SCS Annual Report 2010 cover   Shell Center for Sustainability Annual Report | 2010 (download)
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 SCS Annual Report 2008   Shell Center for Sustainability Annual Report | 2008 (download)
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 SCS Annual Report 2007 cover   Shell Center for Sustainability Annual Report | 2007 (download)
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Stakeholder Relations 2005   Stakeholder Relations Research in Pinedale, Wyoming (2005) 

Clean Air-2005   Implementing the Clean Air Act: A Historical Perspective (2005)

SCS Env Stds   Air Quality in Houston: Meeting the Ozone Standards (2005)

SCS Ship Channel Case Study 2004-2005   Houston Ship Channel Case Study (2005)

SCS Annual Report 2004   Shell Center for Sustainability Annual Report 2004

SCS Annual Report 2003   Shell Center for Sustainability Annual Report  (2003)

SCS Annual Report 2003 Mandarin    Shell Center for Sustainability Annual Report in Mandarin (2003)

SCS Inaugural Conference 2003   Shell Center Inaugural Conference Report (2003)

 SCS Poor and Formerly Poor Nations 2003   Sustainable Development in Poor and Formerly Poor Nations (2003)


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