Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Environmental Ethics Fellowship

The Fellowship in Environmental Ethics is awarded to outstanding Santa Clara University undergraduates to support a project that examines the ethical implications of an environmental topic. The fellowship is supported by a gift from John and Joan Casey.

2015-16 Environmental Ethics Fellows


Laura Perez

Laura Perez, a junior from Corona, California is majoring in history and minoring in the AIMES program; she plans on studying abroad next fall. Her fellowship centers around Pope Francis' recent encyclical Laudato Si', which discusses environmentalism, social justice, and the interplay between these issues. Laura enjoys reading (many genres), knitting, following the 2016 political campaign, and volunteering with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Santa Clara Animal Shelter.


Blair Libby

Blair Libby is a senior studying environmental science with a religious studies minor. He hails from San Luis Obispo, California, and enjoys trail running, playing drums, and activism for causes he believes in. For the past few years, he has interned with the Center for Sustainability and volunteered with BLEJIT, SCU's environmental justice organization. Through his Environmental Ethics Fellowship he hopes to promote the moral ecology lessons from Laudato Si' and create a more sustainable, socially just campus.


Jordan Webster

Jordan Webster is a senior majoring in environmental science and minoring in economics. He's lived in Concord, Massachusetts all of his life, but he's traveled across most of the United States while visiting national parks. He has a passion for environmental economics, and plans to utilize his studies to accurately assess the monetary value of both our resources, and the services that ecosystems provide us. His project is the Santa Clara University water calculator. He will be working with both the center of sustainability and the facilities department to compile an accurate calculator of water use on campus, for the use of both students and faculty.



Projects by Environmental Ethics Fellows

A Guide to the Ethics of Climate Neutrality
Ethical resources for institutions of higher learning

Addressing the Problem of Air Travel Emissions
What universities can do to cut greenhouse gas emissions from travel

The Ethics of Carbon Offsets
Reevaluating SCU's path to Carbon Neutrality

University Air Travel Emits Millions of Pounds of Pollution
Analysis of the environmental impact of air travel

Waste and Greenhouse Gases
Waste water and solid waste emissions create greenhouse gasses

Environmental Ethics and Agriculture
Ethical issues raised by the cultivation of crops, especially regarding water and pesticide use.

The Ethics of Sustainability: Why Should We Care?
Personal reflection on the importance of environmental ethics

Standing Together in the Sun
Working with communities to develop an equitable solar future

Material Evaluation Sheets
Evaluation of the environmental and ethical impact of various building materials

Ethics Decathlon
Ethical analysis of the categories used in judging the Solar Decathlon

Making Solar Power More Accessible
An exploration of how to improve access to solar power by low-income communities

Carbon Footprint Calculator
A user-friendly device for college students to measure their impact on the environment

Environmental Ethics and the Culture of Sustainability at Santa Clara University
Research project on how Santa Clara University students understand, define, and express environmental values

Sustainability: Reflections on a Smart Imperative
Ethical challenges facing SCU's first Solar Decathlon team

Green Building
A case study of Santa Clara University's Kennedy Mall

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