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Climate Ethics, Environmental Justice, and Wind Energy

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Emphasizing intergenerational equity, climate ethics suggests that the development of wind energy to reduce carbon emissions is morally justified, perhaps even imperative; highlighting the inequitable burdens that the construction of large wind farms places on some contemporary communities, an environmental justice frame questions the ethics of utility-scale wind development. 

In this project, we aim to reconcile these conflicting perspectives, bringing together ideas from climate ethics, environmental justice, organizational sociology, and business ethics to create a framework for the ethical pursuit of renewable energy.

Primary Contacts

Gwen Ottinger (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)

Tim Hargrave (Business, UW Bothell)

Lauren Hartzell Nichols (Philosophy)