Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Ethics Articles



Environmental Ethics

The Sun and the City: Making Solar Power More Accessible
Proposal for extending solar power to low income communities
Melissa Giorgi
The Ethics of Sustainability
Reflection on why we should care about the environment
Allie Sibole
Thinking Ethically About the Environment
An introduction to a short course in environmental ethics
Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse
Bury Your Hair on the Moon?
Ethical implications of Lunar Mission One
Margaret R. McLean
Environmental Ethics and Agriculture
Ethical issues raised by the cultivation of crops, especially regarding water and pesticide use
Javen Kizzart and Sulaiman Shelton
Ethics and Space: Our Responsibility to the Truly Other Other
A Christian perspective on space exploration
Margaret R. McLean
Material Evaluation Sheets: Ethical Considerations for Selecting Building Materials
Evaluation of the environmental and ethical impact of various building materials
Allie Sibole
Ethics Decathlon: The Solar Decathlon Judging Categories Viewed Ethically
Ethical analysis of the categories used in judging the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon
Allie Sibole
Working With Communities to Develop an Equitable Solar Future
Reflection on the importance of access to solar power by low-income communities
Melissa Giorgi
Sustainable Design in Ghana: An Ethical Reflection
Report on a student project to design an affordable, durable, sustainable, and socially acceptable house for Ghana
Nathan Rogers, SCU '12, and Matt Jensen, SCU '12
Ethics and the Wild
Reflections on Jack London's "Call of the Wild," and what it has to teach us about the environment
David DeCosse and Emily Hawley
An autobiography of your relationship with the Earth
Lesson 1 in the environmental ethics short course asks students to tell the story of their experiences, emotions, and commitments to the Earth
Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse
Distinctiveness of environmental ethics
Lesson 2 in the environmental ethics short course shows the connection between environmental ethics and personal or social ethics
Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse
Using ethical principles in moral reasoning about the environment
Lesson 3 in the environmental short course reviews justice and sustainability; sufficiency and compassion; solidarity and participation.
Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse
Ethical Dimension of Sustainability
Lesson 4 in the environmental ethics short course offers a definition of sustainability and its relationship to justice
Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse
Environmental Justice
Lesson 5 in the environmental ethics short course explores the impact of environmental degradation on low income communities and the right to a clean environment
Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse
Environmental Virtue Ethics
Lesson 6 in the environmental ethics short course describes the classic virtues in light on the environmental crisis and describes how to cultivate new environmental virtues.
Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse
Role of Science in Environmental Ethics
Lesson 7 in the environmental ethics short course looks at the relationship of scienceparticularly ecologyto environmental ethics.
Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse
Precaution and the responsibility principle
Lesson 8 in the environmental ethics short course examines the idea that decision-making in relation to potentially catastrophic environmental risks demands a special precautionary approach
Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse
Climate ethics
Lesson 9 in the environmental ethics short course confronts climate disruption
Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse
Religious environmental ethics
Lesson 10 in the environmental ethics short course looks at the idea that the Earth has religious significance and that humans have religious obligations to care for its creatures
Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse
Eating and agricultural ethics
Lesson 11 in the environmental ethics short course explores food in an ethical context.
Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse
An environmental ethics decision-making guide
Lesson 12 in the environmental ethics short course introduces an ethical decision making model
Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse
Common Grounds, Common Waters: Toward a Water Ethic
Proceedings from a conference held in March 2008 at Santa Clara University
Multiple
Environmental Ethics and the Culture of Sustainability at Santa Clara University
An anthropological study of how Santa Clara University students understand, define, and express environmental values as individuals and members of the campus community
Meghan Mooney
Sustainability: Reflections on a Smart Imperative
A review of ethical challenges in building a solar house.
James Bickford
Green Building
A case study on the construction of Santa Clara University's sustainable building, Kennedy Commons.
Meredith Swineheart
Environmentally Sustainable Building
Talk at the dedication of SCU's Kennedy Commons
Meredith Swinehart