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Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable Future

The mission of The Institute for Human and Planetary Sustainability (IHAPS) at University of Houston-Clear Lake is to promote innovative solutions and sustainable outcomes to global challenges through a multi-disciplinary approach bringing social, economic, environmental, and educational perspectives to the forefront.



Sustainability Research Grant Program

UHCL and IHAPS are offering grants for collaborative, sustainability-related projects involving faculty, students, and community partners. Submit your proposal by September 18th!

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The Four Dimensions of Sustainability



Creates diverse, equitable, and inclusive societies that enable access, support wellness, improve quality of life, and increase citizen engagement.



Builds and supports long-term economic growth that optimizes resources, improves productivity, and increases efficiencies without negatively impacting the other dimensions.



Protects, restores, and promotes ecosystems that prevent or mitigate vulnerabilities and harmful impacts to environmental resilience.



Enhances the sharing and development of knowledge and experiences that support the other dimensions and creates a culture of continuous improvement, collaboration, and innovation.


The goal of the Institute for Human and Planetary Sustainability is to achieve positive outcomes that benefit the health of both the Earth and the people who inhabit it.

Multidisciplinary Capacity

IHAPS brings scholars together to work on a variety of projects and technological innovations in order to discover new approaches and solutions to issues related to sustainability.

Problem-Solving Culture

IHAPS seeks to discover new solutions through the practical application of well-researched concepts.

Discovery and Innovation

IHAPS promotes creative thinking and the usage of newly discovered knowledge to address both emerging and previously existing challenges.

Teaching and Experiential Learning

IHAPS invests in the future by providing opportunities for project-based and experiential learning to tomorrow's leaders and agents of change.

Community Engagement and Outreach

IHAPS crafts solutions that promote social equity, ensuring widespread enjoyment of the institute's benefits for everyone.