Green Initiatives

OISS is committed to environmental sustainability in accordance with Rice's sustainability policy. These are some of the green initiatives in our office.


OISS is proud to recycle in accordance with Rice's policies:

We encourage everyone to recycle off-campus as well. Information on recycling in Houston is available on the City of Houston website.

Paperless Processes

Except for certain immigration documents that must be printed or issued in hard copy, OISS operates as a paperless office. I-20 immigration forms for F-1 students are issued electronically allowing students to print the form themselves, in order to eliminate the need for domestic and international shipping of paper forms.

Plant a Tree Campaign

Since 2019, OISS has organized a Plant a Tree campaign as part of International Education Week (IEW). By participating in select virtual IEW programs, members of the Rice international community can help plant trees through American Forests. So far over 100 trees have been donated in celebration of International Education Week at Rice University! Learn more at

Community Garden Volunteering Opportunities

OISS has organized several events where the Rice international community has volunteered at the McGovern Centennial Gardens in Hermann Park and the Betty and Jacob Friedman Holistic Garden on Rice campus.

International Environmental Superstars

With the Fall 2022 Newsletter, OISS begins a series of articles featuring members of the Rice international community who have a passion for the environment. Read the OISS Newsletters at