The Center for the Study of Ethics supports programs that advance environmental sustainability and related areas of public policy. For the past twenty-five years, the center has hosted an annual Environmental Ethics Symposium to explore the complex relations between human beings and the natural world.

Previous conferences include “Energy Alternatives for the Twenty-First Century,” “Ecosystems Ethics and Environmental Policy,” and “What is the Value of Wilderness?” Participants have included J. Baird Callicott, David Rothenberg, Terry Tempest Williams, Tom Zeller, Jr., Deni Elliott, Chip Ward, and Robert Solomon.

The center also sponsors the David R. Keller Sustainability Prize awarded to  organizations in support of exceptional innovation and leadership on sustainability issues. Prize recipients are governmental, non-profit, and for-profit organizations. Applications are now open for the 2021-22 cycle. Deadline: September 20th, 2021.