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College of Environment and Design



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. For more information about the CED, please see

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, 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 2013 of 50 faculty members (representing 23 different departments), 15 undergraduate students, 13 graduate students, 143 alumni, and more than 150 friends. We have awarded 92 Undergraduate Certificates (the Undergraduate Certificate Program began in Fall 1994) and 51 Graduate Certificates.


sea oats


EECP Emblem

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.


History of the EECP

Under the direction of Frederick Ferr and Eugene Odum, an interdisciplinary forum between the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Institute of Ecology evolved to become the Philosophy and Ecology Support Group in 1980-1981. This lead to the establishment of the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, which officially began in Fall Quarter 1983. Follow this link for a detailed history of the EECP.


Support the EECP Fund

If you wish to support the EECP monetarily, contributions may be made payable to:

The University of Georgia Foundation
On the memo portion of your check,
please write "Environmental Ethics Certificate Program."

Contributions can be mailed to the following address:

Office of Development
College of Environment and Design
285 South Jackson Street
Athens, GA 30602


Contact Us

For more information on the Program, contact the EECP office:
R. Alfred Vick
Environmental Ethics Certificate Program
Founders Memorial House
University of Georgia
325 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542-0935


This is a fillable PDF form.

    • Save it (download) to your computer
    • Open it in Adobe Acrobat and fill out Part I
    • Save it again (NOT by printing. Don’t change the file format.)
    • Email it to Professor Vick (
    • Schedule a meeting with Professor Vick for final approval

Click here to access the application form.

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