Shell Center to host ‘Sustainable Houston Town Hall Meeting’

Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability will host the “Sustainable Houston Town Hall Meeting” Oct. 8 and 9 on the Rice campus.

The event will include a presentation of the central findings of “Sustainable Development of Houston Districts: The Health of the City,” part of the Houston Sustainability Indicators (HSI) project; talks by Jason Roberts, co-creator of The Better Block and Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Movement; and sessions focusing on ways to develop Houston into a more livable, efficient and prosperous city.

“The event is an opportunity for community discussion and prioritization through consensus of important issues at the neighborhood level,” said Lester King, author of the report and a sustainability fellow for the Shell Center.

The HSI project is funded by the Shell Center for Sustainability and designed to generate facts and measure how well Houston is doing in terms of development using the 25 identified sustainable development indicators for the city. The report may help identify policies and programs to assist in enhancing Houston’s sustainable development.

On Oct. 8, the event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall at Rice Memorial Center. On Oct. 9, the event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the BioScience Research Collaborative Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public as well as the Rice community. To register or for more information, visit

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