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Rice University Selects Tendenci® Open Source CMS Platform

Upgraded website to advance relationships for research, collaboration and sponsorships

Tendenci (, the software development company spearheading the Tendenci® Open Source Content Management System (CMS) project for associations and other nonprofits (NPOs), is proud to release a dynamic new website for Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative. The website,, is powered by Tendenci Open Source CMS, which ensures that the initiative’s online presence keeps pace with the rapid increase in its activity and visibility.

Tendenci Open Source CMS was released as an open source solution to give cause-related organizations greater freedom and control over their online presence.

The Energy and Environment Initiative supports research that draws experts from every corner of Rice University. The upgraded website prominently features the initiative’s five key markets – Oil and Gas, Power, Petrochemicals, Energy Information and Environment – and related research efforts that are underway.

“The idea is to make it easy for interested parties, such as businesses, other universities, governments and foundations to learn about our work and begin to explore opportunities for collaboration, partnerships and sponsorships,” said Kelly Cline, the Energy and Environment Initiative program manager. “Our new website will be an essential tool to establish and strengthen a community of organizations determined to overcome barriers to the sustainable development and use of current and alternative forms of energy.”

Among the capabilities that make the Tendenci platform so powerful is its ability to sort and analyze the activity of website users. This allows organizations using Tendenci to better target and tailor information based on observed user behaviors.

The Energy and Environment Initiative encourages frequent return visits to the website by constantly updating content using Tendenci’s CMS. It is easy to create new pages, update and organize website content, and post news and articles. To leverage the full breadth of Rice University’s communications infrastructure, Tendenci uses tags to automatically pull relevant headlines from the university’s RSS feed, which keeps the home page fresh.

To demonstrate expertise and share knowledge, the initiative uses Tendenci’s integrated rich media management to easily upload, view and search videos. Tendenci’s integrated business directory capability to feature partner organizations. And with Tendenci’s online event management, the initiative can easily post and promote upcoming speaking engagements and conferences.

Tendenci has more than 1 million users and currently powers hundreds of websites for organizations around the world, including Metropolitan New York Library Council (, Houston Technology Center ( and DePelchin™ Children's Center (

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About Tendenci

Headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, Tendenci ( develops the Tendenci Open Source CMS platform tailor-made for the unique needs of cause-related organizations including associations and other nonprofits. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall. Tendenci powers the websites of DePelchin Children's Center, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and, among hundreds of others. Tendenci also offers Web design services and integrates other open source applications into the websites of its international client base. Tendenci Open Source CMS powers websites that encompass a variety of NPO and industry segments around the world. Additional information about Tendenci is available at

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