Administrative Center for Sustainability and Energy Management
May 2016
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Sustainability Spotlight

Meet Kate and Laura Nicholson!

We met with sisters Kate (McMurtry ’16) and Laura Nicholson (McMurtry '18) to talk about their experiences organizing a water-themed Alternative Spring Break trip to California, their environmental interests, Laura’s dreams of driving an RV full of chickens, and their mother.
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Campus Sustainability News

Kudos to Green Dorm Initiative winners

The grand prizewinners of this year’s Green Dorm Initiative were treated to cookies and tea with University Representative Y. Ping Sun for earning the most points in the annual competition aimed at encouraging the adoption of a sustainable lifestyle.
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Smart electricity programs save Rice $1.4 million

Rice's energy team led the university’s participation in electricity curtailment and peak management programs that since June 2012 have saved Rice $1.4 million.
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Three cheers for a treehouse

The most unique student engineering project of the year may also be the easiest to see: a treehouse built just outside Ryon Lab by freshmen.
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Student News

California: A Conservation Classroom

Sisters Kate and Laura Nicholson led a group of students on an Alternative Spring Break trip to drought-stricken California, where they learned how water affects every facet of our lives.
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Rice students offer ideas for Houston flood plan

Senior Design team "Brays Yourself" designed modifications to the Brays Bayou channel and its Greenbriar Bridge that would remove 453 homes from the 100-year floodplain.
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Waste not, grow more food

Senior Design team "(com)post-haste" invented a device to isolate compostable materials from food waste processed by a garbage disposal.
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Teaching and Research News

Cultures of Energy 5 – A Synopsis

The Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University (CENHS) hosted the fifth annual Cultures of Energy symposium with speakers from around the world.
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Brackish groundwater can relieve stress on freshwater resources

Development of brackish groundwater in the United States can augment supplies and relieve growing stress on freshwater resources, according to the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
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Rice’s Brinkley conserves a piece of FDR’s legacy

In his new book, Rice History Professor Douglas Brinkley shows that Roosevelt should also be remembered for his extraordinary, often unsung role as a great conservationist.
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