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Environmental Ethics

A Sunny Future: Fellowships in environmental ethics
John and Joan Casey support Environmental Ethics Fellows in their work on solar housing
Ethics and Space: Our Responsibility to the Truly Other Other
A Christian perspective on space exploration
Margaret R. McLean
The Sun and the City: Making Solar Power More Accessible
Proposal for extending solar power to low income communities
Melissa Giorgi
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
The Ethics of Sustainability
Reflection on why we should care about the environment
Allie Sibole
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
A Recycling Dilemma
Steve and his housemates have thrown a big party. When he gets up the next morning, he finds that his friends have bagged up all the trash without recycling. What should he do?
Callie Tepper, Jared Pizzo, Andrw Kells, Kyle Dand
Subdued by What We Conquered
An analysis of the green theology of Pope Benedict XVIs encyclical Caritas in Veritate (in the National Catholic Reporter)
David DeCosse
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
Sustainability Initiative at Santa Clara
As part of the Sustainability Initative at Santa Clara, Professor Shrader-Frechette will offer a lecture on Environmental Injustice and Catholic Social Ethics: The Reality of the Issues and the Scope of our Response. Dr. Shrader-Frechette will also offer the keynote presentation for Western Conversations 2010: Sustainability and Environmental Justice on Jesuit Campuses,hosted by Santa Clara University.
Ethics at Noon: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Precautionary Principle
A discussion of ethics and risk in the aftermath of a disaster. Panelists will be: Kenneth Manaster, Presidential Professor of Ethics and the Common Good, SCU Law Michael Meyer, Professor, SCU Philosophy Keith Warner, Professor, SCU Religious Studies and Center for Science, Technology, and Society
Oil Spill: Managing Risk Ethically
Podcast of an Emerging Issues Group Meeting on the Oil Spill.
Emerging Issues Group
Thinking Ethically About the Environment
An introduction to a short course in environmental ethics
Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse
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
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Undergraduate Fellowship in Environmenal Ethics
Highlighting the work of undergraduate fellows focused on sustainability
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
Climate Change and Justice Between Generations
William Sundstrom and Keith Warner discuss the ethics and economics of global warming
Suruchi Bhutani
Who Cares About Biodiversity?
An interview with Geoffrey Bowker, director of the SCU Center for Science, Technology, and Society.
Miriam Schulman
Looking to the Future: Salmon Conservation Through Applied Ethics and Spirituality
A new approach to salmon conservation from the 2006 Student Ethics Research Conference
Christina Loraine Mogren
Environmentally Sustainable Building
Talk at the dedication of SCU's Kennedy Commons
Meredith Swinehart
New Narrative for Biodiversity
Geoffrey Bowker discusses why we should care about biodiversity.
What Are Environmental Ethics?
A short coursewith lesson plansfor beginners.
Keith Warner OFM and David DeCosse
Environmental Ethics Lesson Plan 1
Autobiography of your relationship with the earth
Keith Warner OFM and David DeCosse
Environmental Ethics Lesson Plan 2
: The distinctiveness of environmental ethics, including the who, when, where, how, and what.
Keith Warner OFM and David DeCosse
Environmental Ethics Lesson Plan 3
A decision-making model demonstrating the reasoning and principles used in environmental ethics.
Keith Warner OFM and David DeCosse
Environmental Ethics Web Links
Internet resources keyed to an introductory course in environmental ethics.
Environmental Ethics bibliography
A reading list keyed to an introductory course on environmental ethics