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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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 Anderson Pic 2015John ANDERSON     John Anderson, Ph.D. is the Maurice Ewing Professor of Oceanography at Rice University and the Academic Director of the Shell Center for Sustainability. His current research interests are in 1) the recent retreat history of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and those factors that regulated ice sheet retreat, and 2) The evolution of the US Gulf Coast and response of coastal environments to global change.

John has participated in 24 scientific expeditions to Antarctica. He has authored and co-authored over 200 refereed publications, edited 5 volumes and published two books, “Antarctic Marine Geology” (Cambridge University Press), and “Formation and Future of the Upper Texas Coast”.  John is past president of the Society of Sedimentary Research.  He has received several awards, including two Rice teaching awards, the Outstanding Educator Award of the Gulf Coast Geological Society and the 2007 Shepard Medal of the Society for Sedimentary Research.

Jim Blackburn has been a practicing environmental lawyer and planner since 1973. He is a Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University, where he teaches courses in sustainable design and environmental law and is the Director of the Undergraduate Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability. Blackburn is the Co-Director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice. He is also a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute and is the owner of a planning firm called Sustainable Planning and Design. Blackburn authored The Book of Texas Bays published in 2004 by Texas A&M Press and is writing a new book on the Texas coast scheduled for publication by Texas A&M Press in 2016. He has also authored numerous legal papers and has received several local, state and national awards for environmental advocacy.


William Fulton is Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University [kinder.rice.edu]. He is a former Mayor of Ventura, California, and Director of Planning & Economic Development for the City of San Diego. In his career, Mr. Fulton has also served as Vice President for Policy at Smart Growth America, Principal in the California-based urban planning firm now known as PlaceWorks, and Senior Fellow at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is the founding editor and publisher of California Planning & Development Report [www.cp-dr.com] and author of five books, including Guide to California Planning, the standard urban planning textbook in California, and The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles, which was an L.A. Times best-seller. He holds master’s degrees in mass communication from The American University and urban planning from UCLA.

 Klineberg pic 2015Stephen KLINEBERG    

A graduate of Haverford College, with an M.A. from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. from Harvard, Stephen Klineberg is a Professor of Sociology at Rice University. In 1982, he and his students initiated the annual “Kinder Houston Area Survey,” now beginning its 35th year of tracking the remarkable changes in the demographic patterns, economic outlooks, experiences and beliefs of Harris County residents. The recipient of twelve major teaching awards and a much sought-after speaker in the Houston community and beyond, Klineberg has completed a series of published reports (and soon a book) on this ongoing research, while also serving as the founding-director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Krueger Kurt pic Kurt KRUEGER  

Kurt R. Krueger is a Vice-President of Larson & McGowin, Inc.  Born and raised in near St. Louis , Kurt earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Management from the University of Missouri. Kurt’s experience has been focused on timberland management operations in the West Gulf region, development of L&M’s ecosystem services business line surrounding carbon markets as well as acquisition due diligence and appraisal services.    

Kurt joined Larson & McGowin, Inc. in 2000. Prior to his current role as Vice-President of Marketing & Consulting, he served as a Project Manager and District Manager in our Western Division.  Before his time with Larson & McGowin, Kurt gained experience in the utility line maintenance, commercial excavation & land clearing industries as well as providing forest management services in southeast Georgia.  Kurt now provides leadership and direction for business development efforts across Larson & McGowin and its subsidiary software development business, Silvics Solutions while continuing to providing oversight to our operations in Texas and Louisiana.  Kurt has over 20 years of professional experience in many facets of the forest industry and is continually seeking new opportunities for strategic growth.    

Kurt is a Registered Forester in Georgia (GA#2503) and is an active member of the Association of Consulting Foresters, currently service as treasurer of the Practicing Foresters Institute.  Kurt is a member of the Texas Forestry Association, Louisiana Forestry Association and Society of American Foresters.


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Charles PLACE


Charles (Chip) H. Place AIA joined the Houston Parks Board in March 2014. As the managing director of Capital Programs, Chip directs land acquisition, design and construction of all parks projects, including Bayou Greenways 2020. Prior to his current role at the Houston Parks Board, Chip implemented New York State capital parks projects in New York City including the planning and design for Brooklyn Bridge Park and the development of Brooklyn’s East River State Park. Chip is a graduate of the Rice University School of Architecture and the University of Houston Law Center. After an early start working in architect Charles Tapley’s office on the 1980’s master plan for Buffalo Bayou Park, his career has come full circle.

 POPE PIC 2015Albert POPE    

Albert Pope is an architect in Houston, Texas and the Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture at Rice University.  He has lectured, exhibited and written extensively on the logic of contemporary urban form and its role in shaping social and environmental constructs.  He is the the winner of design awards from the national and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects and has received funding for design work from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Kinder Institute for Urban Research and The Shell Center for Sustainability.  He is the author of Ladders (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014) and is the founding Director of Present Future, a design program and think tank at Rice University School of Architecture. He is currently engaged in a large scale planning Project named Carbon 2065.

 Rosenberg Ian pic Ian ROSENBERG  

Ian M. Rosenberg has been managing the planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of complex projects for over 18 years.  He has spent the past 25 years in various positions at the Federal Reserve Bank, Houston Branch, including the design and construction of the Branch’s Headquarters on Allen Parkway. He also led the design of the world’s largest cash management center for the Peoples Bank of China in Shanghai, China. 

He has managed the Sabine to Bagby Promenade, the International Coffee Building, at Allen’s Landing, many key trail linkages and planning for the eastern implementation of the Buffalo Bayou and Beyond Masterplan for the Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

He co-founded INFILL Planning & Development LLC in 2007 to focus on private and non-profit development projects.  His projects, 13 celsius, Mongoose versus Cobra and Weights + Measures have been nationally recognized.  

He received a Bachelors of Architecture from the Gerald D. Hines Col­lege of Architecture at the University of Houston in 1996, where he attended the Centre d’Etude d’Architcture et d’Urbanism, Saintes France. He is currently the Chair of the 5th Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation and has served on the boards of Legacy Community Health Centers and Midtown Management District.

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Peter Stone is an architect and designer on the Carbon 2065 project investigating long view urban planning, redevelopment, and climate change. Interested in representing and projecting change over time through digital and print media, he is a graduate of the Rice School of Architecture and has worked for Albert Pope and Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism. Past work has been included in “The City as A Vision” exhibition at the FRAC Centre in Orléans and published in “The Petropolis of Tomorrow.”


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Jesús Vassallo is an architect and writer from Madrid, Spain. He studied architecture at Harvard University, and Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid. He practiced as a project architect in the firm Mansilla + Tuñón for six years before moving to Houston in 2012 to become part of the faculty at the Rice School of Architecture. He has lectured and taught at universities in Europe and America, and his critical writing has been published in numerous international journals such as AA Files, Harvard Design Magazine, Domus, 2G, or Arquitectura Viva. Since 2011 he is also editor of Circo magazine.



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