This Place Called Houston

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Jim Blackburn and Isabelle Chapman’s ‘Virus Vigil Day 112: Mottled Duck’

What is this place called Houston? And, how can our connection to this place sustain us now and after the pandemic? The COVID-19 pandemic has led many Houstonians to spend more time than ever enjoying nature, through their windows, from their balconies and patios, in their backyards, and venturing out for socially-distanced neighborhood walks. Environmental lawyer, Rice University professor in the practice and poet Jim Blackburn invites you to experience Houston’s nature with new eyes. Learn about Gulf Coast ecology, how our bayou system works, and how this place has shaped our identity and our future possibilities as a city.

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

Jim Blackburn, JD, Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University


Friday, Aug. 28, 2020
12:00 PM CT
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Jim Blackburn, JD

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Jim Blackburn

Jim Blackburn, JD, is an environmental lawyer and Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University. At Rice, Mr. Blackburn is a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute, co-director of theSevere Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center and directs the minor in Energy and Water Sustainability. He also serves as founder and board president of the Bayou City Initiative. Mr. Blackburn owns a planning firm called Sustainable Planning and Design that is working on coastal Louisiana land loss issues including restoration and he maintains the law firm of Blackburn & Carter, but is retired from litigation. Mr. Blackburn is author of The Book of Texas Bays and A Texas Plan for the Texas Coast. In fall 2020, Mr. Blackburn will be teaching “The United States’ Green Future: Economy + Environment” at the Glasscock School. See more below.

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