Environmental lawyer, planner and Rice University professor Jim Blackburn shares a framework to create a green future for the United States and the world that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. Perhaps no city has greater potential and urgency than Houston, Texas, to shape the future of the environment. As the global center of the oil and gas industry, Houston faces a rapidly transforming economy and increasingly severe weather, as demonstrated by storms like Hurricane Harvey.

Drawing examples from the Gulf Coast region relevant to communities across the nation and globe, this course outlines innovative financial, technological, natural, social and even spiritual solutions. In addition, we explore the potential of once-unimaginable collective action recently demonstrated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore the vibrant ecological and economic possibilities of a green future for your community, the United States and the world.

+ “Facing Climate Change”
+ “Houston as a Laboratory for the United States’ Green Future”
+ “Ecology Meets Economy”
+ “The Quiet Corporate Revolution”
+ “A Red State Version of the Green New Deal”
+ “A Green, Green Future for the United States and the World”

+ Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
+ Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice University

Read a recent Washington Post article discussing Texas prairies and climate change, featuring course instructor Jim Blackburn.


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Section Title
The United States’ Green Future: Economy + Environment
Online, fixed date
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Oct 06, 2020 to Nov 17, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Delivery Options
Synchronous Learning  
Course Fee(s)
* non-credit $210.00
Section Notes

This course will be held online in a synchronous format.  Access information will be sent prior to the course start date. No class Nov. 3.

Refund Policy
A 10 percent processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds. Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 days prior to the class start date. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu.