Rice University




James B. Blackburn

Phone: 713-348-4951
Office: 116D Keck Hall


Lecturer of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sustainable development, air pollution control strategy, and non-structural flood control.


An attorney for more than 30 years, Jim Blackburn is a partner in Blackburn Carter, P.C., a firm devoted to environmental law and planning. Mr. Blackburn is also a Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, teaching courses in sustainable development and environmental law. Furthermore, he serves as Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability at Rice and is a Faculty Associate for the SSPEED Center studying “Lessons Learned from Hurricane Ike” as well as leading a course/project titled “Measuring Sustainability: Project Houston.”

Mr. Blackburn’s current caseload includes litigation over the future of the whooping crane on the Texas Coast and opposition to permits needed to enable uranium mining in Goliad County. Mr. Blackburn is active in community issues and is a co-founder of Houston Wilderness, the Matagorda Bay Foundation and the Galveston Bay Foundation. He was the recipient of The Barbara C. Jordan Community Advocate Award presented by Texas Southern University in 2007, the National Conservation Achievement Award in 2001 from the National Wildlife Federation and the Bob Eckhardt Lifetime Achievement Award for coastal preservation efforts from the General Land Office of the State of Texas in 1998. In 2004, Texas A&M press published his manuscript titled The Book of Texas Bays, which focuses upon the environmental health of Texas bays and discusses various facts and issues. In 2009, Mr. Blackburn co-authored a compilation of art and poems titled Birds: A Collection of Verse and Vision. Blackburn received both a B.A. in History and a J.D. at the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in Environmental Science at Rice University.








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