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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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The America's WETLAND Foundation presents a "Blue Ribbon Resilient Communities: Envisioning The Future of America's Energy Coast" Forum from 9:00 am - 3:45 pm on June 28, 2011, in the Grand Hall of the Rice Memorial Center at Rice University. This will be the 3rd forum of 13 leadership forums across the five Gulf States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida over the next 15 months. The forum will focus on sustaining critical infrastructure and Houston's role as the center for the nation's energy security.

The goal of the forums is to assess local vulnerabilities and empower individual communities in the region to envision, plan and act to ensure resiliency and sustain cultural, economic and ecological values in the face of growing coastal degradation. The forums will strengthen the local voice. Through individual interviews, focus groups, and the forums, communities will receive new data about vulnerabilities from Entergy Corporation's recent "Gulf Coast Adaptation Study", along with meaningful input from state and Federal partners. This will help participants identify actions needed to ensure a sustainable future.

There is no cost but you must RSVP to attend the Forum, please email  ms@mcopr.com or call (866) 4WETLAND.

Bike racks are available on the Rice University campus. There is a campus shuttle system too. For bus service to Rice visit http://ridemetro.org. Enter off of Stockton, Entrance 8. A campus map with parking locations is available at: http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html 

Unable to attend? Check the live webcast at:  




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Dr. John Anderson, Rice University 

John Cronin, Houston Wilderness 

Dr. James Gibeaut, Harte Research Institute 

 David  Kean, BG Group 

Valsin Marmillion, Americas's WETLAND Foundation 

Peggy Montana, Shell Downstream, Inc. 

Mark Vincent, Port of Houston Authority 

Jeff Williams, Entergy Corporation 

Helen Young, Texas General Land Office 



The Paper Magazine 

Southwest News, July 5, 2011, page 3.