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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.

Research Spotlight

Water, Nutrients and Sustainability
Water, Nutrients and Sustainability
River water quality is a major challenge in virtually all urban watersheds where fertilizer use and wastewater act as unwanted nutrient sources, triggering algae in surface waters that, if allowed to grow, can cause problems in the coastal ocean like dead zones and harmful algal blooms. Read more »


The Shell Center supports multidisciplinary research, outreach and education to address actions that can ensure the sustainable development of living standards to broadly encompass all factors affecting the quality of life of more people, including environmental resources.  SCS supports the efforts of Rice University's faculty, staff and students to better our planet's economy, society and environment in support of transdisciplinary outcomes.

 About Us 


The Center was launched in early 2003, with funding from the Shell Oil Foundation and subsequent funding from the Shell Oil Company.



The Center supports faculty research in Stress Nexus 2050, the intersect between water, food, and energy; the effects of sea level rise on the Gulf of Mexico Coast; zero carbon development, carbon capture...
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Externally we work and collaborate with a wide range of entities including government, industry, academia, healthcare and non-profits, and other Centers and Institutes at Rice.
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We foster awareness of sustainability issues among our students by providing unusual opportunities to learn about how diverse elements of society may contribute to the sustainability of our planet.  Read more » 



July 13, 2017  -  Dr. Yi Chen, Fellowship Recipient

July 12, 2017  -  2016 Annual Report Now Online

April 5, 2017  -  Travis Swanson, SCS Fellow

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 Dr. Yi Chen, SCS Fellowship

Dr. Yi Chen's research for SCS focuses on modeling the dynamics of the full nitrogen cycle within biochar-amended soils...Read more.

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