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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.

About Us

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Dr. John B. Anderson
Academic Director
Development of Academic & Research Initiatives
Shell Center for Sustainability
713-348-4884
johna@rice.edu  

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Meetings

The Operating Committee of the Shell Center for Sustainability conducts two action meetings  during the academic year. Meetings typically take place at Rice University. Contact SCS for meeting details.

Shell Center Mission, Vision, Objectives & Strategies

Rice University and Shell Oil Company launched the Shell Center for Sustainability in 2002. The Center is housed in the School of Social Sciences and collaborates with other centers and institutes at Rice University. SCS works closely with schools and organizations within the campus and beyond forging multidisciplinary teams and partnerships. The SCS uses the Gulf of Mexico, the state of Texas, and the Houston and Galveston region as research models.

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.

In our Vision, the Shell Center for Sustainability is the regional expert in Gulf Coast sustainable development by fostering academic research, outreach and education initiatives in interdisciplinary partnerships and through collaborations that extend outreach from the Florida Keys to the Yucatan Peninsula with strong focus in the Houston and Galveston Region.

The Shell Center for Sustainability stimulates multidisciplinary research to identify threats to sustainale development and ways to address them through scientific, technological, social and political and instituttional innovations. Since 2012, SCS has focused on the Stress Nexus 2050.  

The Shell Center for Sustainability:

  • Focuses on research, outreach and education in the Gulf of Mexico, the state of Texas, and the Houston and Galveston Region.
  • Forges the Center's identity around investigative policies for sustainable economic growth, examining business decisions affecting economic development and environmental effects, supporting innovative science and technology, using our geographic area as a model, and educating the public.
  • Addresses core questions on threats, solutions, roles and policies to foster sustainable development and resiliency.
  • Capitalizes on advantages the Houston location provides.
  • Leverages and partners using Center research to generate synergy and fund larger efforts.
  • Encourages multidisciplinary participation by Rice faculty, students and friends of Rice to create innovative outcomes beyond discipline-specific approaches to reach transdisciplinary outcomes.
 
* Defined by Peter Hartley, Ph. D., SCS Academic Director, 2007-2010.
 
Transdisciplinary