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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 World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and its partner organization the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD) are hosting a deep-dive workshop to support the development and implementation of ambitious, practical strategies for reducing building energy consumption by 30% or more in the Houston market.  

This initiative is also joined by the City Energy Project, which is supporting the City of Houston, along with nine other cities, to help cut energy waste in large buildings, make them healthier environments and more profitable investments through energy efficiency.  

To achieve that goal, various stakeholders in Houston’s commercial building sector will convene to diagnose and tackle key barriers to energy efficiency, recommend practical action plans for achieving market transformation to improve energy efficiency, and establish clearly defined stakeholder commitments. 

The Houston EEB Laboratory will take place on 8-10 October 2014 at the conference center of Thompson & Knight LLP in Three Allen Center and Rice University’s prestigious James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. The Laboratory will seek to convene key building decision makers and a variety of important stakeholders to facilitate dialogue, definition of action, and commitments on the subject of energy efficiency in buildings. 

The Laboratory concludes with a plenary session at Rice University on October 10, with feedback on the actions, commitments and next steps defined during the Laboratory. Speakers will include business leaders from the Houston area, energy efficiency experts, and senior city representatives. 

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Plenary Session (October 10, 2014)