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. 

    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.