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  •  Environmental Ethics Fellows to Present Carbon Calculator at Conference

    Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2012 3:00 PM

    The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) has accepted "How to Build a Campus-Specific Carbon Footprint Calculator" for presentation at its 2012 Conference, to be held at Santa Clara University June 21-24.  The presentation will describe the efforts of the 2010-11 Markkula Center Environmental Ethics Fellows to create a calculator for SCU, which they completed last year. The team also offers Build-Your-Own Calculator instructions.  

    AESS received almost 200 proposals.  The winning proposal was submitted by Samantha Juda, Christina Lesnick, and Tim Vierengel, now SCU juniors.


  •  Running a Green Company

    Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 3:31 PM

    Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Energy, will reflect on the ethics of running a green company at a talk Oct. 17, 4 p.m., at SCU.

    Surace was Inc Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009.

  •  A New Design for Haiti

    Friday, Jul. 1, 2011 12:54 PM

    After the earthquake in Haiti, housing became a critical need for people who had lost homes in the disaster. With help from a Hackworth Research Grant from the Ethics Center, one of Santa Clara University's senior design teams worked with SCU Professor Reynaud Serrette to construct an easily replicable, safe, and modular house as a possible solution to the systematic housing problems.

    The SCU School of Engineering requires all senior design teams to provide an ethical explanation and justification for their projects.  Kelli Oura, Danielle Locklar, and Lauren Reinnoldt, all Civil Engineering seniors at Santa Clara University, analyzed the ethical importance of their project, the engineering virtues it referenced, and the difficulties of implementation in their article.

    Hackworth Grants are awarded twice yearly to Santa Clara University students and faculty doing work in applied ethics.  The grants are supported by a gift from Michael and Joan Hackworth. 

  •  Carbon Footprint Calculator

    Tuesday, Jun. 7, 2011 12:35 PM

    "We want to track the carbon that goes into a day in the life of a Santa Clara University student whether you're living on or off campus, eating meals in Benson, falling asleep during your 8 a.m. class (yes: we've done that, too), or flying back home after a stressful fall quarter."

    That "mission statement" led this year's Center Environmental Ethics Fellows to design a Carbon Footprint Calculator, which allows students to add up the various ways they impact the environment.  The calculator measures how much carbon dioxide--the gass that has been implicated in global warming—it takes to support a lifestyle.

    This year's fellows were Samantha Juda SCU '13, Christine Lesnick SCU '13, and Tim Vierengel SCU '13.  They received technical assistance from Antony Setiawan, the Center's Web Developer and a graduate student in Information Systems.

  •  Environmental Ethics: What Does "Call of the Wild" Have to Teach Us?

    Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2011 3:50 PM

    In honor of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Jack London's Call of the Wild, the Ethics Center, the de Saisset Museum, and the California Legacy Project sponsored a reading and reflections on the novel, especially as it pertains to sustainability and the value of wilderness.  Read the remarks and listen to the preentation.