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Energy and Environment Initiative
 
 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

Email: e2i@rice.edu

Mailing address:

6100 Main St

Allen Center 315, MS 603

Houston, TX 77005 

Phone: 713-348-2702