Energy is the grand challenge of the
21st century. Seven billion of us share the planet today, but by 2050, the
earth's population will soar past the 9 billion mark - and more people means
more energy demand. Developing renewable energy is part of this challenge, and
Rice researchers are part of that mission, but here's the hard truth - for the
50 - 100 years, we will remain dependent on hydrocarbon energy that is both
difficult to develop in sufficient quantity and has environmental challenges.
We must find more efficient exploration, extraction, and environmental
technologies to support a sustainable approach to satisfying our global energy
demand. Our Rice heritage - From Ideas to Impact - and our location in Houston,
the world's energy capital, compels us to engage the most innovative thinkers
from every corner of the university and with industry leaders, politicians, and
citizens to create a road map to a productive and sustainable future.
Our mission and goals will nurture
energy and environment scholarship across the campus, and support
multi-disciplinary activities that promote student and faculty engagement with
energy and the environment topics. Towards that end specific Energy and
Environment Initiative goals include the:
- Support of collaborative scholarship
in energy and environmental issues through seed and enhancement funds.
- Development of both formal (e.g.
curricular) and informal activities to allow undergraduate and graduate
students, as well as post-doctoral associates, to engage in multi-disciplinary
studies of energy and the environment.
- Promotion of Rice research through
workshops, symposia and conferences held on campus.
- Outreach to corporations, policymakers and the public
to engage them in Rice scholarship, as well as to translate scholarship
into policy and commercial technology.
Our three broad principles are:
- Rice would be a leader in studying how society will
transition between energy resources in the coming decades – both from a
human as well as policy perspective. Energy and environmental
research at Rice necessarily must engage scholars from many different
divisions; the multi-disciplinary character of the activity is a
distinguishing feature of Rice’s portfolio.
- Much - but not all - of Rice's science and engineering
research already centered on the sustainable management of hydrocarbon
resources - 'green carbon' science and technology.
- Energy and environmental research at Rice necessarily
must engage scholars from many difference divisions; the
multi-disciplinary character of the activity is a distinguishing feature
of Rice's portfolio.
Our contact information:
6100 Main St
Allen Center 315, MS 603
Houston, TX 77005