CENTER FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Located in Houston, Texas
geographic location of the Shell Center is of particular
strategic importance for work on sustainability. Rice
University is situated in Houston, the nations
fourth largest city, which has experienced extraordinary
growth for a decade and a half. The U.S. Census Bureau
has projected that by 2050, Houston will be one of four
U.S. cities to attain the status of a mega city.
This important population center is also the center
of the energy industry and the worlds largest
petrochemical complex, and also boasts a medical center
highly regarded the world over. The economic and environmental
consequences of these features of Houston are substantial,
with great relevance for both developed and developing
nations. In the latter case, Houstons geographical
and cultural proximity to Latin America presents special
opportunities for collaboration abroad.
UNIVERSITY CAMPUS LOCATION
Shell Center for Sustainability is located in the
Mechanical Laboratory Building, located in the
northeaterm quadrant of the Rice University campus.