The Center for Sustainable Development was founded in 2001 with a mission to lead the study and practice of sustainable development in Texas, the nation, and the world through complementary programs of research, education, and community outreach. The CSD is unique in its integration of diverse interests to develop creative, balanced, achievable solutions to the physical and social challenges facing the planning, construction, and preservation of buildings, neighborhoods, and regions.


We see the interconnected nature of the ‘sustainability challenge’ as central to our work; we attempt—through our projects, interdisciplinary teaching and ongoing working groups—to better understand the connections between environment, economic prosperity and social justice.

Public Interest Design 2017 studio

In collaboration with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's park staff, the 2017 Public Interest Design Studio will design and build an environmental education pavilion on the bay side of Galveston Island State Park's eastern boundary. The pavilion will serve as a home from which to conduct the park's ongoing youth education outreach programs, and develop new outreach programming with the mission of fostering preservation and stewardship of the coastal area wildlife and wetland habitats particular to the Galveston, Texas Gulf coast. 2017 studio application available here. Completed applications are due by 11:59pm on April 5, 2017.