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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.

News

March 31, 2010. Save this date for "Bringing Nature Home", a lecture by Dr. Douglas Tallamy that will take place, at 6:30pm, at Hamman Hall, Rice University. See an invitation.

January 27, 2010. Join the Center for the Study of the Environment and Society, and the Shell Center for Sustainability for: The Great Climate Change Debate: Global Climate Models and the Evidence.

The event will feature Dr. Richard Lindzen, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Dr. Jerry North of A&M University, at the Rice University campus. The event begins at 7pm, McMurtry Auditorium, at Duncan Hall. This is a free event open to the public. Invitation. For a map click ON CAMPUS, Maps: www.rice.edu.

January 20, 2010. The Center for Houston's Future will conduct a regional symposium: Counting on Quality of Place: Air Quality, Parks & Trails, and Trees. Join the Shell Center for Sustainability, for this event on January 20, 2010, to raise awareness about the state of our region's quality of place, the progress that has been made, and the issues that still remain. Read more. 

January 6, 2010. The Shell Center for Sustainability has issued a call for Rice University student independent research papers on sustainable development. Rice students interested in submitting a paper are encouraged to read the call for proposals for more information. 

November 20, 2009. Shell sustainability center to fund research on water, energy, climate change and solar studies. Read more.

November 19, 2009. The James A. Baker III Institute Student Forum will host "Sustainable Development Innovations: Japan's effort to unite against climate change", November 19, 12:00-1:00pm, at Farnsworth Pavilion, Ley Student Center, Rice University.

Associate Professor in Sustainability Science at the University of Tokyo, Masaru Yarime will discuss environmental sustainability during this lunchtime lecture.

Come eat, listen, and learn how Japan's researchers, corporations and industries are working together to create a united front to overcome the environmental challenges of the 21st century.

This lecture is sponsored by the Shell Center for Sustainability and the Consulate-General of Japan.

Please RSVP to bisf@rice.edu if you are interested in attending

October 14, 2009. Milam Schverak, '61, Jackie Liddell, and Mary Fuller were selected the Shell Center for Sustainability People's Choice Award winners in the Water-Effects On Life competition. The exhibit continues through October 29, 2009. Read more.

October 13, 2009. The Science & Technology Policy Program and the Health Policy Forum of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy join the Shell Center for Sustainability to host a water sustainability conference this fall. The Water in the Houston Metabolism - Water Needs and Water Quality for this Century conference will be a one-day event at the Rice University campus. Read more.

September 29, 2009. A new Energy and Water Sustainability course funded by the Shell Center for Sustainability advances under the Sustainability minor approved early this year. Read more.

September 16, 2009. SCS Funds Installation, Implementation, and Analysis of the Ze-Row Solar House. The project was submitted under the call for research proposals for work to be conducted in 2010.

Read more about the ZEROW HOUSE

August 7, 2009. Shell Center for Sustainability calls for submissions to art exhibit. Read more.

July 24, 2009. Rice's Shell Center for Sustainability funds effort to measure city sustainability. The project will develop methodology to gauge economic development, social factors and environment using Houston as a case study. Read more.

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July 17, 2009. Rice University Researchers Weigh Environmental, Economic Costs of Biodiesel Production. Read more on this project sponsored by the Shell Center for Sustainability.

June 12, 2009. Shell Center for Sustainability research at Rice weighs balancing biofuels and water resources. Read more.

April 17, 2009. National and International students participating in I-SWEEEP 2009 will once again visit the Rice campus. This year's event brings together Rice faculty and Shell experts in the areas of Energy, Engineering, and Environment to give the students an opportunity for one-on-one discussions.

April 10, 2009. Undergraduate student helped build Rice's first Capteur Soleil prototype.

April 8, 2009. The Rice team moves forward with a low-tech solar device in rural Haiti.

April 8, 2009. The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and the Shell Center for Sustainability sponsored the lecture by Bryan Willson, Ph.D., on "Energy for Sustainable Development in Africa". Dr. Willson is the director of Clean Energy Supercluster, and Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Colorado University. This presentation was a part of the course on Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development taught by Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the Baker Institute, and Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D., the Stanley C. Moore Professor, in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

March 26, 2009. Rice researchers model growth of Texas' power systems. Read more.

March 14, 2009. Rice Enviornmental Club holds it's 16th Annual Conference, "Green Pays: Environmental Responsibility in the Business World". The event will be at Wiess Commons, on the Rice campus, from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. Speakers include Houston Mayor Bill White; Jim Blackburn, Blackburn and Carter; and Debra Marshall, Shell Global Solutions.  

February 19, 2009. Student intern Lila Holzman hosts the first Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS) sponsored Sustainability Research & Opportunities for Rice students. The event features 5 SCS research leaders who will discuss their projects and what they look for in participating students to build a team. The event takes place on Thursday, February 19, at the Rice Memorial Center. The event begins at 4:00 pm and concludes at 6:30 pm. Student  R.S.V.P.  

January 30, 2009. An off-the-grid Emergency Response Studio on display at Rice Gallery through March 1, 2009. The exhibition in the small gallery features ZERO House, a Rice student project for the Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C.

January 13, 2009. A new installation at Rice Gallery is a solar-powered mobile artist's studio.  

December 11, 2008. Rice team wins award based on applied research funded by the Shell Center for Sustainability in 2007. Read more.

December 08, 2008. Rice University's Shell Center for Sustainability funds studies of air quality, Gulf Coast planning. Research on Houston's air quality and a study of new sea-level rise data to develop a planning strategy for the Gulf Coast are among the sustainable-development projects funded for 2009. Read more.  

October 24, 2008. The Shell Center for Sustainability re-issues its request for faculty research proposals on sustainable development. The new deadline is October 24. Read more. 

October 16, 2008. Houston conference on air quality sponsored by the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University. Houstons Air Research: What we know, What has worked, and Why it matters.

October 14, 2008. Peter Hartley, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Family Chair and Academic Director of the Shell Center for Sustainability, and professor of economics, is quoted in an article reporting on the Global Engineering and Construction Forum at Rice. The problem with poitics

October 9-11, 2008. The City of McAllen holds it's first Green Living Festival and invites Lilibeth Andre, the Shell Center for Sustainability Associate Director, to speak during the kick off reception and the opening event. The Green Living Festival was hosted by the McAllen Chamber or Commerce and Shell. 

September 24, 2008. Shell Center for Sustainability Associate Director Lilibeth Andre, is invited to address students in the Environmental Science and Engineering Ph.D. Program at University of Texas at El Paso. The event was hosted by the UTEP Center for Environmental Resource Management.

June 27, 2008. The Shell Center for Sustainability joins the Richard E. Smalley Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology to help sponsor the 7th Annual Tuna Fest: SUS-TUNA-BILITY, a tradition among the Rice Community. 

May 23, 2008. A partnership with the Art Institute of Houston to create a new logo for the Shell Center for Sustainability has produced a fresh graphic image for the Center.

May 12, 2008. The Shell Center for Sustainability funds a new course on energy and water sustainability. The course will be under development this summer and will be offered in Spring 2009. Students will develop skills in formulating problems arising from emerging technologies and will be challenged to examine economic, social and environmental dimensions. The course will tap Rice University expertise and leading authorities in sustainability. 

May 2, 2008. The Shell Center for Sustainability and the Center for the Study of Environment and Society at Rice University will host a visit of students participating in the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, & Environment Project Olympiad.

May 1, 2008. The 2009 call for faculty research projects has been released by the Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS) at Rice University. Faculty are invited to submit interdisciplinary research project proposals for funding in the areas of Energy, Air Quality, Water Quality, Biodiversity-forestry, Urban Sustainability, and Climate Change. Broad collaboration is invited. Proposals are due September 2, 2008. For more information, contact SCS

April 16, 2008. Hubbert's Peak, The Coal Question, and Climate Change. A free lecture at Rice University, McMurtry Auditorium Duncan Hall, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

April 9, 2008. James A. Baker Institute Energy Forum, Rice University's Center for Study of Environment and Society, and the Shell Center for Sustainability present an evening seminar: Sea Level Rise: What Does It Mean for Houston? April 9, 2008, 6:30pm, at Baker Hall, International Conference Facility. R.S.V.P. by fax at 713.348.5993 or by email at bipprsvp@rice.edu before Monday, April 7, 2008. 

March 28, 2008. The Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS) releases a call for faculty submittals on sustainability course initiatives. Proposals are due May 5, 2008. Contact SCS for more information.

February 18, 2008. The Shell Center for Sustainability releases its 2007 Annual Report .

February 9, 2008. Registrations are open for the Beyond the Science: The Economics and Politics of Responding to Climate Change conference to be held at James A. Baker III Hall, at Rice University, on Saturday, February 9, 2008. Read more and register here.

January 31, 2008. The Center for the Study of Environment and Society hosts a CO2 Forum and Sustainability Fair whith participation from the Shell Center for Sustainability and other organizations. Forum guest speakers include Rice University President, David Leebron; Houston Mayor Bill White; and Shell Oil Company President, John Hofmeister. Read more.   

January 7, 2008. A new project on Nanotechnology monitoring is funded by the Shell Center for Sustainability. Read more about this research.

November 15, 2007. The Shell Center for Sustainability announces the selection of new research projects for sustainable development in the areas of biofuels impact, sustainability of power generation, production and deployment of biodiesel, and carbon sequestration. The projects bring together experts across various disciplines at Rice University. Read more.

October 25, 2007. Rice University funds the International Visiting Fellows Program in Energy, the Environment, and Sustainability to bring experienced researchers to Houston to develop workable solutions to the world's energy and environmental challenges. The Shell Center for Sustainability and the School of Social Sciences join the Energy and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI), the George R. Brown School of Engineering, Weiss School of Natural Sciences, Rice Energy Forum, and the China-U.S. Center for Environmental Remediation and Sustainable Development to announce the call for applications.     

October 12, 2007. The Shell Center for Sustainability joins the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in support of the upcoming Spring 2008 conference, Beyond the Science: The Economics and Politics of Climate Change. Read more at Baker Institute.

September 12, 2007. A Request for Faculty Proposals is announced. Proposals are for research on sustainable development in the areas of energy, air quality, water quality, biodiversity, urban sustainability, and climate change. Read more at Research.

August 1, 2007. The Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University appoints a new Associate Director and Academic Director to lead the Center. Lilibeth Andre and Dr. Peter Hartley team up to lead the Center created in partnership with Rice and Shell to further sustainable development. Read more at About Us.