A new report from Rice Universityâs Shell Center for Sustainability examines disparities in education and income in Houston, and its impact on the cityâs economic expansion.Â âHouston Community Sustainability: The Quality of Life Atlasâ looks at 24 social, economic, and environmental indicators of sustainability in 88 Houston âsuper-neighborhoodsâ and recommends major intervention to encourage more Houston high school grads to pursue higher education, whether academic or trade degrees. Approximately half of the Houstonians included in the report have no degree past high school, something the reportâs author, Lester King, finds âtroubling.â
On this edition of Houston Matters, weâll talk with Shell Center for Sustainability Fellow Lester King about his report.
Then, we’ll explore what can be done to keep more of Houston’s kids on a college track. Weâll welcome your questions and comments for David Head, Project Manager with Communities in Schools of Houston at Alexander Elementary in Alief ISD, and Dr. Ann Stiles, Executive Director and CEO of Project GRAD Houston.
Also this hour: We’ll learn about 4-HÂ and FFAÂ here in Houston. These clubs teach life skills to Houston’s next generation of farmers.
And: FotoFest â Houstonâs six week long, international biennial photography festival â is underway now through April 27th, with photography exhibits and events around the city. This yearâs FotoFest focuses on contemporary Arab video, photography and mixed media art. But there are exhibits focused on other themes, including one that documents life in a little-known area near The Woodlands called Tamina. Houston Mattersâ Michael Hagerty will tell us more about the exhibit, and why one local photographer decided she needed to tell the neighborhoodâs story.