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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.

Mr. Jim Blackburn

Practice in Environmental Law
Department Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rice University 

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Jim Blackburn is a practicing environmental lawyer with the firm of Blackburn Carter and Professor of the Practice in Environmental Law in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University where he serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability.  Blackburn teaches “Sustainable Design” (CEVE 302/502) as well as “Introduction to Environmental Law” (CEVE 406) and “Global Environmental Law and Sustainable Development” (CEVE 306/506).  His research includes work with the SSPEED Center on “Lessons Learned From Hurricane Ike” where he studies coastal resiliency and long-term sustainability as well as work with the Shell Center for Sustainability where he has completed a paper titled “Measuring City Sustainability:  Project Houston”.  Sustainability-related awards received by Blackburn include the Barbara C. Jordan Community Advocate Award presented by Texas Southern University in 2007, the National Conservation Achievement Award in 2001 from the National Wildlife Federation and the Bob Eckhardt Lifetime Achievement Award for coastal preservation efforts from the General Land Office of the State of Texas in 1998.  He was awarded an honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects for legal work associated with urban quality of life issues in 2003.  In October 2004, Texas A&M press published his manuscript titled The Book of Texas Bays, which focuses upon the current environmental health of bays in Texas and the efforts undertaken to protect them.

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