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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.





Jerry Dickens, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University
Brandon Dugan, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University
Robert Harris, Ph.D., School of Architecture, Rice University
Peter Hartley, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Rice University
Amy Myers Jaffe, Baker Institute Fellow, Rice University
Neal Lane, Ph.D., Department of Physics, Rice University
Andreas Luttge, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Rice University
Carrie Masiello, Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, University of Houston
Kenneth Medlock, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Rice University
Ron Sass, Ph.D., Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University
Robin Sickles, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Rice University
Ronald Soligo, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Rice University
Kyriocos Zygourakis, Ph.D., Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University

Project Background 

A growing concern among scientists and others is that higher concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) will result in unpredictable and potentially dangerous changes in the Earth's climate.

This project will create a study team at Rice University that will explore various environmentally favorable and economically sound ways to control and reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases. The long term goal of this study team is to create an integrated set of Houston-area demonstration projects for carbon capture and sequestration. A series of workshops and meetings with industry will contribute to forming a research agenda, public outreach on the various technologies available to contribute to carbon management, a website on carbon management technologies, and long term demonstration project strategy for Texas.

Because of the concentration of industrial and academic talent in the energy sector, Houston has the potential to become a global leader in developing, demonstrating and carrying out technologically, environmentally and financially sound methods for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The Rice carbon management study group is a first step toward developing carbon reduction and demonstration projects, including the possible creation of terrestrial sequestration sites and a FutureGen power generation pilot plant that can establish Houston at the forefront of such development.

Shell Center and Baker Institute funds will enable the research team to organize and convene the workshop at Rice University to discuss the parameters for building a private/public partnership to implement a pilot project in Houston.

Project Updates

Carbon Capture & Sequestration: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction and Management Study Group:

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