Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability


  • Integral Ecology: Pope Francis and Planetary Thinking 
    Presented by Dr. Christiana Peppard 
    February 4, 2016 
    7 PM, Pigott Auditorium 

    How does Catholic social thought draw connections between ecological destruction and social injustice? What does Laudato Si' say about the realities and dynamics of ecological sin, and what does this mean for human relationships with the Earth and with each other in the twenty-first century?

    Dr. Christiana Peppard is an assistant professor of Theology, Science and Ethics in the Department of Theology at Fordham University, where she is also affiliated faculty in Environmental Studies and American Studies. Dr. Peppard is the author of Just Water: Theology, Ethics and the Global Water Crisis (Orbis, 2014) and co-editor of Just Sustainability: Ecology, Technology and Resource Extraction (Orbis, 2015). Her research engages environmental ethics and Catholic social teaching and has appeared in venues ranging from scholarly peer-reviewed journals to TED-Ed, NPR and the Washington Post. 

    Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth 
    Presented by Dr. David Korten as part of the Search for Meaning Conference
    February 27, 2016 
    9-10AM , Sullivan Hall Room C6

    David Khorten Author PhotoDavid Khorten Book CoverDavid Korten will share his thoughts on how we as humans chose our common future through our choice of the shared stories that define our common values, meaning, and purpose. He suggests that partial and outdated stories currently draw us into terminal crisis. Korten will share an emergent story that draws from all the many sources of human knowledge and understanding, and holds the potential to transform our relationships with one another and Living Earth, in order to unleash yet unimagined human possibilities.

    David Korten is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, president of the Living Economies Forum, an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, and a member of the Club of Rome. He is a founding board member emeritus of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and a former founding associate of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG). Korten’s most recent books are Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth (January 2015) and the 20th anniversary reissue and update of his classic international best seller When Corporations Rule the World (June 2015). His other books include Agenda for a New EconomyFrom Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth(2010), The Post-Corporate WorldLife After Capitalism (2000) and the international best seller The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community (2007).

    Korten has MBA and PhD degrees from the Stanford Business School. In his earlier career, he served as a captain in the US Air Force, as a Harvard Business School professor, as a Ford Foundation project specialist, and as an Asia regional adviser on development management to the US Agency for International Development. He lived and worked for twenty-one years as a development professional in Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Philippines, and Indonesia. Eventually, Korten realized that conventional economic development serves only corporations at the expense of people and the rest of nature, and returned to the United States to share the lessons he learned while abroad.

    CEJS Social with Prof. Eric Wehrly and Prof. John Gardiner
    March 7, 2016
    5:00-6:30 PM, Lemieux Library, Boeing Room

    Please join us for food, drinks and philosophy as CEJS Faculty fellows Prof. Eric Wehrly and Prof. John Gardiner present their work. Prof. Eric Wehrly, Albers School of Business and Economics, will present “How we can optimally deter environmental harms, such as oil spills, chemical leaks, and the like”. In his research, he examines environmental violations by public corporations, the legal penalties associated with these violations, and whether environmental violations by firms carry a meaningful reputational penalty. He will discuss how his research informs policy makers, regulators, educators, and others with a stake in optimal environmental protection.  

    Prof. John Gardiner, College of Education, will present “The Elders, Earth's First Transcendent Leadership Circle: Organizational Implications” which is based on Nelson Mandela’s powerful global initiative of 2007, which created the world’s first transcendent leadership circle. The Elders is a collaborative team of twelve elder statesmen, peace activists, and human rights advocates serving as a conscience to the world (see How does the organization aim to resolve issues of global sustainability, promote dialogue, and alleviate human suffering? Who are the twelve founding members and what are their recent reconciliation activities? What are the organizational implications of The Elders for global renewal and sustainability? Prof. Gardiner will present the project and highlight his research findings.