109 – Hannah Knox

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018
109 – Hannah Knox

Dominic and Cymene report on icy Rice and the raw and the cooked. And then (14:47) we speak to our dear friend Hannah Knox from University College London. We start with why Hannah thinks infrastructure has become such a lively area of research in the human sciences. We then turn to Hannah’s recent book, co-authored […]

It’s Poo Power: How Dairy Cows Could Provide the Electricity of the Future

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017
It’s Poo Power: How Dairy Cows Could Provide the Electricity of the Future

They call it ‘cow power.’ A San Francisco-based company, Sustainable Conservation, wants to use the methane produced from cow manure to provide electricity for mass consumption. California is home to nearly 1,750 California dairy farms and 1.79 million milk cows, and as wonderful as this burgeoning California industry may be, these cows – and others […]

Ep. #49 – Cindy Isenhour

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016
Ep. #49 – Cindy Isenhour

On this week’s episode of the podcast, Dominic and Cymene relate their fave holiday traditions and identify the one thing that any gift-giving culture should absolutely avoid giving. Then (14:51) to help process our season of hyperconsumption, we welcome to the pod Cindy Isenhour from the University of Maine, co-author of Sustainability in the Global […]

Solar-Powered Artspaces for Houston Fotofest 2016

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015
Solar-Powered Artspaces for Houston Fotofest 2016

You may have noticed some new structures on campus recently: three containers mounted with solar panels located next to the site of the new Moody Center for the Arts. Designed and donated by Rice architecture alumnus Joe Meppelink, each container is a flexible artspace that will be the setting of CENHS’s project for Houston Fotofest 2016, a biennial event […]

Spring 2016: FWIS 143 – Sustainability in America

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015
Spring 2016: FWIS 143 – Sustainability in America

 Instructor: Abby Goode What do we mean when we use the term “sustainability”? What kinds of concepts and patterns of thought are we invoking and where do they come from? What, exactly, are we aiming to sustain? In this course, we will analyze the roots of sustainability in American literature, history, and popular culture. Identifying […]

Abby Goode on “Eugenic Sustainability,” Nov. 6 @ 1:30 pm Sewall 309

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015
Abby Goode on “Eugenic Sustainability,” Nov. 6 @ 1:30 pm Sewall 309

This talk is part of the English Graduate Fellows Lecture Series. “Eugenic Sustainability” features key readings from Abby’s dissertation, “Democratic Demographics: A Literary Genealogy of American Sustainability.” This project argues that sustainability, widely regarded as a contemporary concept, emerged from a “New World” fantasy of demographic and agricultural abundance. Developing this fantasy as a racial and eugenic ideal, […]

Four Postdoctoral Positions in Sustainability at Cornell

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015
Four Postdoctoral Positions in Sustainability at Cornell

The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF) seeks outstanding, creative, and highly motivated individuals to work with Cornell faculty to address pressing world needs through discovery and scholarship and to implement sustainable solutions in collaboration with external partners. Atkinson postdocs will play a key role in the implementation of the Atkinson Center’s strategic plan. […]

New Product Lets Men Generate ‘Dirty’ Renewable Energy Via Masturbation

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015
New Product Lets Men Generate ‘Dirty’ Renewable Energy Via Masturbation

Ecology has always been intimate.  Toxins such as persistent organic pollutants pervade our fat cells.  Our foodways affect the climate.  Endocrine-disrupting, gender-bending synthetic chemicals in plastics and other substances lead to lower sperm counts. Most sex toys are made from petrochemicals.  The decision to procreate, or how many children to have, is the single most impactful environmental decision people […]

Eric Klinenberg, “Climate Change and the Future of Cities,” March 9th

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015
Eric Klinenberg, “Climate Change and the Future of Cities,” March 9th

Eric Klinenberg, New York University: “Climate Change and the Future of Cities” March 9th, 2015, 430-6pm at Rice U, Sewall Hall 309 Sponsored by CENHS, the Kinder Institute, and the Department of Sociology The fundamental threat to the human species is our collective inability to reduce our carbon emissions and slow the pace of climate […]

Summer Internship in Sustainability @ Rice

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015
Summer Internship in Sustainability @ Rice

Rice University Sustainability Summer Intern The Administrative Center for Sustainability and Energy Management (ACSEM, pronounced “axiom”) at Rice University seeks a sustainability summer intern to assist with a series of campus sustainability projects for Rice.  This internship will be paid. In 2014, a high-performing team of interns successfully prepared Rice’s submittal to the Sustainability Tracking, […]