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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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As the 4th largest city in the country continues to grow, Houston has started focusing on its livability and sustainability – the ability to continue positive growth while maintaining resources for future generations. The Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS) at Rice University has created the Houston Sustainability Indicators Project (HSI) in order to determine what factors matter most for sustainable development and to measure how well Houston is doing.  

The SCS and the Houston Museum of Natural Science invite area teachers, schools, and group leaders to participate in the HSI project.  Participants will gain access to resources on sustainability and will directly contribute to the development of the project through interpretation and feedback on the indicators through social media. The blog can already be accessed at http://hsi.blogs.rice.edu to start learning and join the discussion. 

In addition to contributing to the HSI project, teachers of all grades and subjects including science, environmental studies, social studies, economics, and mathematics will find the project valuable in their classrooms. Group leaders will also find social, environmental and economic value in the data presented. Indicators include: Population Growth, Education Attainment, Community Involvement, Income Inequality, Concentration of Poverty, Access to Healthcare, Cost of Living, Quality of Life, Accessibility of Public Spaces, Food Deserts, Employment Status, Jobs, Green Jobs, Waste Generation, Energy Use, Transportation Access, Transportation Demand, Transportation Choice, Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Water Quality, Water Quantity, Street Connectivity, Land Cover, and Job/ Housing Balance.  

More information about the HSI project.   

   For more information about the teacher workshop: (713) 639- 4769 cscoggin@hmns.org 

   Teacher Workshop: Sustainable Development and Houston 

October 11, 2012,  5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Houston Museum of Natural Science 

A light snack and 3 hours of CPE Credit will be provided  

Registration fee $25.  To register go to: hmns.org – Education – Teacher Workshops 



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