Community Engagement

Rice’s new efforts around the environment will be radically inclusive both within and outside the university through extensive partnerships. The seeds of many of these partnerships have already been planted in existing faculty and institutional relationships with key external stakeholders, including environmental NGOs, energy industries, and local, state, and federal governmental entities. While Rice has much of the scholarship needed to generate environmental solutions, the ability to effect real change will require partnership and collaboration with local communities and policymakers.

Rice researchers partner with a variety of organizations, including non-governmental organizations, funding agencies, professional associations, and corporations.

Faculty Partnerships and Collaborations

Type of Partnership Name of Organization
Domestic NGOs Environmental Defense Fund
Union of Concerned Scientists
The Nature Conservancy
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
National Environmental Organizations and Funding Agencies Environmental Protection Agency
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
National Parks Service
Petroleum Research Fund
National and International Professional Associations American Institute of Architects
American Geophysical Union
American Chemical Society
National, International and Multinational Corporations Shell
Exxon Mobil
EDF Renewables
NRG Energy
Dao Chemical
National and International Museums Houston Museum of Natural History
Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology
National and International Biodiversity Field Sites Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity
Harvard Experimental Forest
San Dimas Experimental Forest
Centre ValBio, Madagascar
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
Critical Zone Observatory: El Yunque National Forest
Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research
Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research Station
National and International Conservation Organizations Conservation International
Wildlife Conservation Society
Belize Audubon Society
Friends for w and Development
United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform