The Philosophy and Ecology Teaching Team submits a proposal to support development of a “practical” master’s in Philosophy and Ecology to the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The proposal is rejected.
The Philosophy and Ecology Teaching Team meets at the Georgia Center with the Dept. of Philosophy and Religion and the Institute of Ecology to discuss a proposal for a “practical” master’s degree in Philosophy and Ecology. The Institute of Ecology votes in favor of the proposal; the Dept. of Philosophy and Religion votes against the proposal, and the proposal is rejected.
Frederick Ferré learns of the University’s Certificate Programs in Gerontology and in Global Policy Studies. Shortly thereafter, Ferré and other interested faculty members from the Philosophy and Ecology Teaching Team begin a year’s work to write a proposal for an Environmental Ethics Certificate Program.
Frederick Ferré goes on a leave of absence, and John Granrose assumes responsibility for
The proposal for a Certificate Program in Environmental Ethics is approved by the Graduate Council on July 7, 1983. The Graduate School provides support for the program, overseen by the Graduate School dean or the dean’s representative.
An EECP Executive Committee is formed; John Granrose is the Chair and non-science
The core course requirements for the Graduate Certificate are PHY 618 (Environmental Ethics), PHY 651 (Technology and Values), and BIO 350 (Ecology). Because BIO 350 is an undergraduate course, it is taken under independent study that requires additional work for graduate credit. The Certificate also requires an approved research paper in Environmental Ethics, as well as field work, an internship, or other practical experience. Each graduate student is assigned one EECP Faculty advisor.
The first EECP graduate student, Margaret Merrill, is accepted into the Program.
Luncheon discussions on environmental ethics begin in Snelling Hall, with 15 to 20 persons attending regularly.
A contest is held for the official EECP emblem. Allen Rowell’s drawing of sea oats (see home page) is selected.
The first Graduate Certificate is awarded to Susan Bratton on February 28, 1985. Bratton goes on to publish two books on environmental ethics: Six Billion and More: Human Population Regulation & Christian Ethics (1992), and Christianity, Wilderness, and Wildlife: The Original Desert Solitaire (1993).
The second Graduate Certificate is awarded to Rev. Edgard Ebel.
The prefix ETH (Environmental Ethics) is approved for environmental ethics courses.
Frederick Ferré asks Eugene Hargrove to become Program Coordinator. Hargrove accepts; this establishes the precedent for EECP Coordinators.
The newsletter, EECPerspectives, begins in June 1988, with Frederick Ferré as editor. The newsletter appears occasionally.
The EECP continues to grow, which leads to a reorganization of the administration. Many of the responsibilities of the Chair are divided among five coordinators: Membership (Albert Ike), Curriculum (William Power), Graduate (Frank Golley), Publicity (Kathryn Hatcher), and Program (Eugene Hargrove). The Coordinators begin their work for the 1989-90 academic year.
There is some discussion to form a Center for Environmental Ethics, but the idea is rejected because this would require additional administrative support within the EECP.
Eugene Hargrove leaves the University of Georgia to assume the chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of North Texas (Denton). This move has two consequences: (a) the journal, Environmental Ethics, moves with Hargrove to Texas; and (b) the absence of a full-time environmental ethicist at the University causes the proposal for a Master’s degree in Environmental Ethics to be dropped.
Even though a “new” committee is appointed to revise the proposal for a master’s degree, the proposal does not advance because of concern that the EECP does not have sufficient faculty to maintain the Program.
An Environmental Ethics Faculty study group is formed to discuss books on environmental ethics beginning with Andrew Brennan’s Thinking About Nature and Eugene Hargrove’s Foundations of Environmental Ethics. The study group is so well-attended that this spurs the formation of a 1-credit-hour graduate seminar, Readings in Environmental Ethics (ETH 600), under the direction of Frank Golley. (By 1992, the course is approved for every winter quarter.) Before the course’s alteration in 1994 (see 1993-94 history), the books discussed included William McKibben’s The End of Nature (1992), Holmes Rolston’s Environmental Ethics (1993), and Max Oelschlager’s The Idea of Wilderness (1994).
The EECP Faculty vote to have conferences on a regular basis. An ad hoc committee is appointed to develop a conference. Subsequently, Peter Hartel and Frederick Ferré obtain grants from the University’s State-of-the-Art Conference Initiative, the Fondazione Lanza (Padua, Italy), and the National Science Foundation’s Ethics and Values Studies Program for an international conference to be held in April 1992.
With the 1988 bus trip as a precedent, Philosopher’s Walks begin as part of the EECP evening seminar series. Two walks are offered, one fall quarter and one spring quarter.
BIO 350 (Ecology) is dropped as a core course because it is not on the graduate level. This leads to the formation of a new core course, ETH/ZOO 620 (Ecological Concepts).
Although a search committee is formed for a full-time environmental ethicist position and the position is advertised, efforts to obtain adequate funding fail and the position must be withdrawn.
Frederick Ferré is appointed Research Professor of Philosophy; this requires his resignation as EECP Chair and ends a seven-year term.
The EECP and the Fondazione Lanza co-sponsor The Second International Conference on Ethics and Environmental Policies. More than 100 people attend. The proceedings of the conference are gathered into a book, Ethics and Environmental Policies: Theory Meets Practice (Frederick Ferré and Peter Hartel, co-editors) which is published in Summer 1994 by The University of Georgia Press.
The ETH prefix (Environmental Ethics) and its accompanying courses move from the College of Arts and Sciences to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
An EECP Endowment Fund is established through The University of Georgia Foundation.
A journal based on selected papers from EECP speakers, tentatively entitled Lectures in
The EECP hires student assistant Wendy Higbee. Higbee, an EECP student and a journalism graduate student, edits the Environmental Ethics newsletter, manages the EECP membership, and publicizes EECP events.
The new Undergraduate Certificate Program begins in September.
The Program newsletter reverts back to its original name, EECPerspectives.
The first EECP Handbook is published.
The new journal, renamed Ethics and the Environment, is published Spring 1996. Victoria Davion becomes the editor.
The Program launches its Web site.
A new core course, Environmental Dispute Resolution (ETH/JUR 786), is offered as an option to one of the elective core courses for graduate students.
The EECP By-Laws are revised. The major change is one of renaming: the non-science
Al Ike is elected Chair, the first of three 1-year terms.
The EECP office is established in Room 132 of the Marine Sciences building. This is the first time the EECP has a "physical" home.
Paulo Figueiredo, a professor at the Universidade Metodista de Piraciccaba in Brazil, comes to the University as EECP’s first visiting scholar. Paulo returns to Brazil in February 1998 to start a program similar to the EECP at his university.
Allison Bruce replaces Wendy Higbee as EECP student assistant.
Philosophy professor Scott Kleiner, Women's Studies Associate Director Heather Kleiner (Scott's wife), and Gene Kleiner (Scott's brother) establish the Margaret Shippen Kleiner Graduate Environmental Ethics Fund in memory of their mother. Mrs. Kleiner was an avid naturalist, conservationist, horticulturalist, and gardener, and was honored by the Garden Club of America for lifetime achievement.
Dorinda Dallmeyer and several co-investigators are awarded a 2-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop the project "Values at Sea: Environmental Ethics for Marine Ecosystems." The grant will sponsor a marine environmental ethics course, an international conference on marine environmental ethics, a book of conference papers, and a workshop for college-level instructors on incorporating marine environmental ethics into course offerings. The grant also supports the EECP Seminar Series for 1998-99, which is themed "Marine Environmental Ethics." In conjunction with the NSF grant, Peter Hartel is awarded a grant from the University of Georgia Vice President for Academic Affairs to develop a State of the Art (SOTA) Conference on Marine Environmental Ethics in June 1999.
Frank Golley is elected Chair for the 1998-99 year.
Like the rest of the University system, the EECP converts to the semester system. EECP faculty establish a number of new EECP courses: EETH 4000/6000 (Environmental Ethics Seminar); EETH 4010/8010 (Undergraduate and Graduate Research); EETH 4020/6020 (Directed Readings in Environmental Ethics); EETH/ECOL 4200 (Ecological Concepts, an undergraduate version of EETH/ECOL 6200); and a course in Marine Environmental Ethics, which is tested in Spring Semester 1999.
In June 1999, the State of the Art Conference in Marine Environmental Ethics is held at UGA, funded in part by a State of the Art grant from the UGA Vice President for Academic Affairs. Participants include environmental ethicists Bryan Norton and Baird Callicott, as well as other well-known scholars, activists and scientists.
EECP graduate student Chelsea Snelgrove is the first recipient of the Kleiner Award, which enables hm to travel to the 1999 Mid-South Philosophy Conference, in Memphis, Tennessee, to present a paper.
The EECP By-Laws are revised to remove two requirements that are no longer applicable: that a faculty member be on the University of Georgia Graduate Faculty and that changes to the Graduate Certificate requirements be approved by the University's Graduate Council. Other revisions delete the positions of Graduate School liaison and Undergraduate Program liaison from the Executive Committee and change the required approval for by-laws amendment from two-thirds of all current mmbers to two-thirds of members present at a called meeting.
Kathryn Hatcher is elected Chair for the 1999-2000 year.
The EECP Faculty unanimously vote to move to the proposed College of the Environment should it come into existence.
In April 2000, the EECP and the Dean Rusk Center co-sponsor a conference, Governing the Global Ocean. The conference brings three eminent experts on the law of the sea and coastal zone management to UGA for a roundtable discussion.
EECP graduate student Sandra Crismon is hired as Program Assistant in May 2000.
The theme for the 1999-2000 Seminar Series is environmental ethics and the media.
Dorinda Dallmeyer is elected Chair for the 2000-2001 year.
The theme of the 2000-2001 Seminar Series is environmental justice.