The Environmental Ethics Certificate Program (EECP) is a non-degree program offered at the University of Georgia as an enhancement to an undergraduate or graduate degree. The EECP is an interdisciplinary program, drawing faculty and students from many different departments on campus. We are formally part of the College of Environment and Design.
The Program seeks to unify people from a diversity of disciplines in discussion and decision-making about environmental problems that involve competing values. The Program provides a forum where philosophers, scientists and people from all other disciplines can discuss social and scientific responsibilities toward our environment in a rational manner which clearly defines problems, considers all the information, and maintains our values. We accomplish this by offering an Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate in Environmental Ethics, and by holding twelve annual seminars, two annual Philosopher's Walks and occasional conferences.
The first certificate program of its type in the United States, the EECP has grown from a modest beginning in 1983 of 20 faculty members and 4 graduate students to a nationally-recognized program in 2010 of 42 faculty members (representing 24 different departments), 45 undergraduate students, 21 graduate students, 121 alumni, and more than 150 friends. We have awarded 73 Undergraduate Certificates (the Undergraduate Certificate Program began in Fall 1994) and 48 Graduate Certificates.
The endangered plant, sea oats (Uniola paniculata), is primarily responsible for the stability of the dunes on Georgia's barrier islands. Without sea oats, the barrier islands would soon be destroyed by the ocean. Sea oats exhibit beauty of form and function characteristic of nature; consciousness of such a value in nature is one basis of environmental ethics. The illustration of sea oats by Allen Rowell seen on our home page is the official emblem of the EECP.
Support the EECP Fund
If you wish to support the EECP monetarily, contributions may be made to:
The University of Georgia Foundation, Environmental Ethics Certificate Program Fund, #9139000, or
The Arch Foundation, Environmental Ethics Certificate Program Fund, #A913170
Please make your check payable either to the UGA Fondation or the Arch Foundation and include the Fund name and number on the memo portion of your check. Contributions can be mailed to the following address:
University of Georgia Foundation
UGA Foundation Building
824 S. Milledge Ave.
Athens, GA 30602
For more information on the Program, contact the EECP office:
Dorinda G. Dallmeyer
Environmental Ethics Certificate Program
Founders Memorial House
University of Georgia
325 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542-0935