SPOTLIGHT | SSPEED's Jim Blackburn named as finalist for $10 Lone Star Prize


SSPEED Center Co-Director Jim Blackburn is part of the project team with Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy that has been named as one of five finalists to advance to the next stage of eligibility for the $10 million Lone Star Prize by Lyda Hil Philanthropies and Lever for Change. This award is designed to improve the lives of Texans and their communities. 


The project is titled, "Texas Dirt: The Key to Environment, Economy and Resilience." It focuses on transforming Texas' environment through implementation of a soil carbon storage market while growing new economic opportunities for rural Texans. 


The final grant recipient will be announced in late spring. 


For more information on the project with Jim Blackburn and the Baker institute, visit: and

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