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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.


The New York Times recently included Dr. Douglas A. Schuler's Solar Autoclave Project in their global news update. The project is a success and clearly demonstrates the old saying, "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again". Dr. Schuler knew their work to bring together a solar capturing device with a business component was a good angle. So much so that the Shell Center for Sustainability agreed and funded the first project to take the project to Haiti.

Experience learned in the deployment of the project abroad helped refine the concept for the Solar Autoclave Project. With new funding and a new initiative, the project is proving creative and innovative success beyond boiled potatoes and plantains.

Solar Power: An Alternative Device to Sterilize Surgical Instruments in Rural Areas, New York Times, November 12, 2012.

Validation of the Efficacy of a Solar-Thermal Powered Autoclave System for Off-grid Medical Instrument Wet Sterilization. The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, July 30, 2012.