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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.

 “Everyone must leave something behind . . . Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go . . . It doesn't matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away.”  

―  Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451  

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 The Shell Center for Sustainability invites you to join the Center for the Study of Environment and Society (CSES), Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS), Rice University Environmental Club, Department of Sociology, Transition US, Post Carbon Institute, and Transition Houston          


Silver Sponsor BetterHouston, and Bronze Sponsor America's WETLAND Foundation           


The Sustainable Development of Houston Districts: 

The Health of the City


This event brings together a large coalition of neighborhood leaders committed to a more sustainable Houston.  Participation by community leaders, sustainability experts, private sector partners, and interested citizens is encouraged. The objective of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for discussion and debate. It is also an opportunity to ensure that all neighborhoods in the city share their specific needs and visions. At the heart of the meeting is the vision to develop Houston into a more livable, resilient, efficient, equitable and prosperous city.    

Tuesday October 8, 2013  

Rice Student Center, Grand Hall. REGISTRATION is requested to assist in providing accommodations 

11:30 am to 1:00pm                                                                  
Student Colloquial


This lunch session is an informal talk with Rice University students. Students from other area universities are invited (University of Houston, Texas Southern University, University of St. Thomas, etc.). Students from community college systems are also invited.

The event will take place at the Rice Student Center, Grand Hall. A full lunch with local foods will be served.


5:30pm to 5:35pm

Welcome - Prof. John Anderson, Ph.D., Academic Director, Shell Center for Sustainability

5:35pm to 5:50pm

"Sustainable Houston Compared to Other U.S. Cities" - Dr. Lester King, Shell Center for Sustainability

5:50pm to 6:20pm

 "The Better Block Project" - Jason Roberts*, Guest speaker

6:20pm to 7:00pm

 "The Art of Resilience: Communities in Transition"Rob HopkinsKeynote speaker

7:00pm to 7:20pm

Questions & Answers

7:20pm to 8:30pm

Reception - local foods and beverages will be served.



Wednesday, October 9th, 2013  

 Bio-Science Research Collaborative, 6500 Main Street at Rice Boulevard. REGISTRATION is requested to assist in providing accommodations.

7:30am to 8:00am                   

Attendee Check-in & Breakfast - local foods and beverages (foyer).

8:00am to 8:10am
Welcome - Dr. John B. Anderson (auditorium)
8:10am to 9:00am
Report Presentation - "The Sustainable Development of Houston Districts: The Health of the City" - Dr. Lester King
9:10am to Noon

Break-out Sessions

Social - Quality places and healthy people, Claude Griffin, Dr. Robert BullardTony Diaz 
Economic - Transportation and jobs, Dr. Carol LewisVal Marmillion, and Christof Spieler
Environmental - Open spaces and natural environment, Dr. John JacobAdrian Shelley, and Dr. Jim Lester
Noon to 1:30pm

Lunch - local foods and beverages with vegetarian and vegan options (exhibit hall).
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Panel Presentations - Local Neighborhood Planning Resources

Albert Pope, Rice University - The Fifth Ward, 2050
Rafael Pizarro, Texas Southern University - Studio Projects and Sustainability by Design: Ingolstadt Eco Town (Germany)
Susan Rogers, University of Houston

1:30pm to 3:45pm

General Consensus Session and Panel Discussion (Auditorium)

Social - Claude Griffin, Dr. Robert Bullard, Tony Diaz 
Economic - Dr. Carol Lewis, Val Marmillion, and Christof Spieler
Environmental - Dr. John Jacob, Adrian Shelley, and Dr. Jim Lester

3:45pm to 4:00pm

Conclusions, Next Steps, and Close - Dr. Lester King & Dr. John B. Anderson




* Jason Roberts' visit is graciously sponsored by BetterHouston.    

Reference the Houston Sustainable Development Indicators: A Comprehensive Development Review for Citizens, Analysts and Decision Makers Report. November 28, 2012.

Sessions are open to all attendees. There is no cost for registration. 

Rice University is located at 6100 Main Street, between Rice Boulevard and University Boulevard. The Rice Memorial Student Center and Grand Hall are Building 61 on the campus map. Find a Campus map that includes parking locations. A credit card is required to access parking. Parking will not be validated. The BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), 6500 Main Street at University Boulevard, is Building 8 on the campus map. Find BRC Parking.

Transportation provides information on the Rice Shuttle and bus tracking. The Texas Medical Center/BRC route takes you to the BRC building. The BRC has bike racks in the courtyard area.

Plan to ride Metro?


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