A more sustainable Galveston

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Future development of Galveston Island should focus on the east end, according to a new report from Rice University's Shell Center for Sustainability. The report, "Atlas of Sustainable Strategies for Galveston Island," was co-authored by Chris Hight, director of undergraduate studies and associate professor for the Rice School of Architecture, and John Anderson, co-director of the Shell Center for Sustainability and the W. Maurice Ewing Professor in Oceanography. The publication sheds light on the island's future and offers potential strategies for sustainable development. The report's major recommendation is that future development moves from the island's more vulnerable west end to the east end. The west end is not protected by a seawall and is experiencing erosion at the rate of 3-5 feet per year; the east end is a higher, thicker, wider, more protected and more naturally sustainable part of the island.

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