Kinder Institute to co-host ‘Sustainable Cities: A Business View’ Sept. 13

Corporate and regional leaders will team up Sept. 13 to explore the sustainable philosophies of some of the world’s most important companies — IBM, McKinsey, Siemens and NRG — at a conference titled “Sustainable Cities: A Business View.” Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and Houston Tomorrow are hosting the event, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Westin Oaks Galleria, 5011 Westheimer.

Corporate leaders will explain their rationales for creating business models around the idea of sustainability and increasingly around the idea of smart, sustainable cities. Regional civic leaders will react to the corporate challenge to organize the Houston region’s towns and cities around the idea of sustainability, the notion of surviving and thriving into the future.

Rice speakers will include Michael Emerson, co-director of the Kinder Institute, and Lester King, a sustainability planner for Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability.

The Kinder Institute conducts scientific research, sponsors educational programs, and engages in public outreach that advances understanding of pressing urban issues and fosters the development of more humane and sustainable cities.

The nonprofit organization Houston Tomorrow, formerly the Gulf Coast Institute,  explores urban issues and promotes discussion of growth in the Houston region.

The event is $60 per person. For more information or to register, visit

About Amy McCaig

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.