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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.



The Shell Center serves as a public forum for addressing critical issues related to local, regional, national and global sustainability.  We invite the exchange of diverse viewpoints by representatives from academia, business, government, and nongovernmental organizations.

An important focus is on the sustainability of urban areas and major coastal cities, and a number of events have related directly to Houston's water quality, air quality, flooding, and scenarios for the city's future. Critical global issues have been addressed, including carbon management, climate change, and sustainable development in China.

Video Library & More


Complete Communities and Public Education Forum, November 21, 2016

Carbon 2065, October 29, 2015  

How Sustainable is the Texas Coast?  Are we in a "state of denial"?  October 29, 2014

 Houston Community Sustainability: Symposium & Mixer, March 26, 2014.

The Sustainable Development of Houston Districts: The Health of the City, October 8 & 9, 2013

Houston Sustainability Indicators Presentation, November 28, 2012

 Blue Ribbon Resilient Communities: Envisioning The Future of America's Energy Coast, June 28, 2011

Sustainability Pay$ - The Copenhagen Experience
November 9, 2010

Sustainable Land Use: Creating A Better Future For The Houston Region 
October 5, 2010

The Great Climate Change Debate: Global Climate Models and the Evidence
January 27, 2010

Water in the Houston Metabolism
Water needs and water quality for this century
October 13, 2009

Houston's Air Research Conference
What we know. What has worked. Why it matters
October 16, 2008

Winning the Oil Endgame:  Innovation for Profits, Jobs & Security
March 30, 2006

Foreign Service Officer Training Program :
Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association
July 27, 2005

Gender, Energy & Society
March 31, 2005

Houston Air Quality: Meeting the New Ozone Requirements
Lessons Learned, 1970-2004
February 29, 2005 Conference

Climate Change, Extreme Events and Coastal Cities
February 24, 2005 Conference

U.S. Energy Scenarios for the 21st Century
February 16, 2005 

Scenarios for Houston's Future
Workshop on Houston's Future: Trends, Challenges and Scenarios
December 2004

Particulate Matter:
Composition, Health Impacts, Regulatory Response

November 9 -10 - 11, 2004 Seminar Series

Houston Ozone Conference
October 6, 2004

Climate Change & Carbon Management
September 14, 2004 Seminar

China & Sustainable Development
September 2004 Seminar

Air Quality in Houston: Fall 2004 Seminar Series
Fall 2004

Energy & Nanotechnology Workshop:
Prospects for Solar Energy in the 21st Century

October 15-17, 2004 Workshops

United States and Chinese Business Councils
for Sustainable Development Conference

June 28, 2004

Texas Water: Supply, Quality, Management
Spring 2004 Seminar Series
February 10 - February 24 - March 11 - March 23, 2004

Fire in Ice: Implications for Energy Development and the Carbon CycleNovember 12-13, 2003 Workshop

Air Quality in Houston:
Fall 2003 Seminar Series

October 4 • October 21 • November 4 • November 19, 2003

Shell Center for Sustainability
Inaugural Conference

March 3 -4, 2003