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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.

2016-17 Environmental Ethics Fellows

Nathaniel Bradford

Nathaniel Bradford
Nathaniel D. Bradford is a senior, majoring in Communication and Economics, from Mountain View, CA. Post graduation, his interests lie in documenting, analyzing, and evaluating sustainable solutions focused on environmental, healthcare, and gender inequality issues. His passion for media communication was first realized in sports journalism, and he is a huge sports fan and avid follower of Bay Area teams. Now he hopes to use his communication skills to tell the stories of environmental activists who are at the forefront of changing the way cultures and societies interact with the environment.



Gabriella Carne

Gabriella Carne
Gabriella Carne is a senior from Sonora, California majoring in Environmental Studies and Anthropology and minoring in Sustainability. Her studies at SCU have taken her to both Bhutan and Costa Rica. She enjoys being outside, watching hockey (Anaheim Ducks specifically), and snowboarding. From this fellowship she hopes to bring awareness to the great lengths people have gone through and are going through to speak for and protect the environment as well as inspire others to do the same.


Lena Eyen



Lena Eyen

Lena Eyen is a Psychology and Studio Art double major, with a minor in Environmental Studies. She hopes to utilize this multidisciplinary intersection to pursue environmental law or environmental education in the future. Having lived in six different cities, her family currently resides in Redondo Beach, CA. At SCU, she has been Design Editor of The Santa Clara newspaper and is currently an immersion coordinator through the Ignatian Center. She plans to return to Appalachia (the place that sparked her passion for environmental justice) over Spring Break. In her spare time, she enjoys playing pick-up soccer and petting any dog within a 10 foot radius.


Zachary Gianotti

Zachary Gianotti
Zachary Gianotti is a sophomore from Juneau, Alaska majoring in environmental science with minors in biology, chemistry, and Italian studies. He likes spending as much time as he can in the outdoors, taking every opportunity to get out on a kayak or hike around. His interest in environmental ethics has roots in his hometown and learning about ‘backyard wildlife’ from a young age. This past year his interest in environmental ethics was cultivated by his experience as a Sustainability Liaison for the Center for Sustainability on campus as well as doing case studies of famous environmentalists.

Marcus Grassi



Marcus Grassi
Marcus Grassi is a senior mechanical engineering major and electrical engineering minor from El Dorado Hills, California. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and adventuring. Through his experience as a Santa Clara Global Fellow and Santa Clara Tiny House Mechanical Team Leader he has developed a passion for understanding and positively impacting the environment. He respects those who actively devote their time, energy, and resources to instituting change and believes it is crucial to spread awareness of the current global environmental challenges.


Michael Turgeon



Michael Turgeon
Michael Turgeon is a senior from Sacramento, California, majoring in Biology with a minor in Music. He hopes to one day combine his love of writing with his scientific pursuits in order to help others gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the world around them. When not in the lab, music studio, or university writing center, he is probably outdoors. He understands the profound importance of environmental ethics and wants to promote stewardship and activism, both for the sake of our fragile ecosystems as well as for the humans that depend on them.



Projects by Previous Environmental Ethics Fellows

Perspectives on Laudato Si
Thoughts from Santa Clara University Students

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

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

How much Greenhouse Gas Does SCU Emit Due to Waste?
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
Working with communities to develop an equitable solar future

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

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

The Sun and the City: 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

The Culture of Sustainability: A Study in Environmental Ethics
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

The Commons on Kennedy Mall: A Case Study in Green Building
A case study of Santa Clara University's Kennedy Mall

Oct 29, 2015