Check back here in Summer of 2024 for the 2024 David R. Keller Sunstainability Prize application. The prize is made possible through a generous grant from the Keller Family Foundation.

For more information, contact Thomas Bretz at [email protected]


Deadline: September 1st, 2024


About the award

David R. Keller was Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics from 1999 until his untimely passing in 2013. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Georgia under the guidance of Frederick Ferre. David's work focused on environmental ethics and he advocated for philosophers, scientists, and policymakers to work together for environmental stewardship.

In memory of our colleague, the center supports the David R. Keller Sustainability Prize given to organizations in our region in support of exceptional innovation and leadership on sustainability issues.

These may include governmental, non-profit, and for-profit organizations

This is a picture of David Keller talking into a microphone

2023 David R. Keller Sustainability Prize Recipient

Utah Youth Environmental Solutions 

Utah Youth Environmental Solutions (UYES) is a predominantly youth-of-color-led organization that empowers young people in Utah to mobilize around climate and environmental issues through legislation, education, and action. The UYES mission is to connect young people to environmental advocacy by cultivating reciprocal relationships between youth, environmental organizations, and community leaders. UYES leads campaigns to decouple the education system from fossil fuels, transition Utah school districts to 100% renewable energy, and address pressing water management concerns in Utah and the greater Southwest, with an emphasis on protecting the Great Salt Lake.


UYES Website


2022 David R. Keller Sustainability Prize Recipient

HEAL Utah  

The Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah) promotes renewable energy and clean air and protects public health and the environment from dirty, toxic, and nuclear energy threats. HEAL brings decades of experience in grassroots advocacy, science-based policymaking, and coalition building to support environmental justice for all communities and environments to flourish.


hEAL Utah


2020-21 David R. Keller Sustainability Prize Recipient

Bike Utah  

The Center for the Study of Ethics is pleased to announce that Bike Utah is the recipient of the 2020 David R. Keller Sustainability Prize.

Bike Utah is a  bicycle advocacy leader working to create networks of cycling lanes, paths, and trails that contribute to livable, healthy communities. The grant will support the use of GIS to evaluate bicycle infrastructure throughout the state. Data gathered will help in the policy-making process for various municipalities to help make streets more equitable and safe.

Bike Utah Website