Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Energy & Responsibility: A Conference on Ethics and the Environment

Energy & Responsibility: A Conference on Ethics and the Environment

Conference date: April 10-12, 2008

Conference location: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the Downtown Hilton Hotel, Knoxville, Tennessee

Conflicts and controversies about energy have become familiar features of the political and economic landscape around the globe. The environmental consequences of energy production, distribution and consumption and energy policy invite consideration of the ethical implications of both practice and policy. What are our ethical obligations to manage the earth’s resources and natural environment in a ‘sustainable’ manner? How should these obligations be enacted, institutionalized and implemented?

This conference invites ethicists, legal theorists, energy policy makers, energy enterprises and environmental activists to engage in a conversation about ethics and responsibility in the contested terrain of energy and the environment.

We invite submissions on such themes as:

  • What are our ethical obligations with respect to energy practices as individuals, energy producers, businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations, communities, and workplaces?
  • What are the relationships between energy policies and justice?
  • Do human rights obligations entail specific energy policies and practices?
  • How can individuals act ethically with regard to the environment and energy? What are our responsibilities?
  • What are our collective responsibilities in our communities and workplaces with regard to the environment and energy?
  • How should ethical concerns inform policies and practices regarding energy?
  • Do we have a vision of sustainable energy policies and practices that expresses both our ethical obligations regarding the environment and economic considerations?

The conference planning committee welcomes abstracts for papers and proposals on these questions as well as related themes and specific issues (for example: mountaintop removal, faith based stewardship of natural resources, wind energy, stakeholder responsibility, green investment strategy). We encourage proposals for roundtable sessions, workshops and dialogues that engage conversation among ethicists, practitioners, policy makers and activists. Submission guidelines and deadlines and publication opportunities will be announced in 2007.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

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Planning Committee:

  • Denis Arnold, Department of Philosophy and Center for Applied and Professional Ethics, The University of Tennessee
  • Heather Douglas, Department of Philosophy, The University of Tennessee
  • Mary English, Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, The University of Tennessee
  • Nina Gregg, Charter of Human Responsibilities (US)
  • Donald Huisingh, Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, The University of Tennessee
  • Becky Jacobs, The University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Corinne Martin, The University of Tennessee College of Law
  • John Nolt, Department of Philosophy, The University of Tennessee

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Advisory Committee:

  • Don Barger, Senior Director, Southeast Regional Office, National Parks Conservation Association
  • Kevin J. Anton, President, Alcoa Materials Management
  • John B.(Jack) Brellenthin, Senior Manager, Environmental Policy, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Bruce Bursten, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tennessee; President, American Chemical Society
  • Wayne Davis, Associate Dean, College of Engineering, The University of Tennessee
  • Sarah Gardial, Associate Dean, College of Business Administration, The University of Tennessee
  • Paul Gilman, Director, Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies
  • Alan Lowe, Director, Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, The University of Tennessee
  • Gregg Marland, Carbon-Climate Simulation Science Group, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Lee Riedinger, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, The University of Tennessee
  • Robert Shelton, Research Professor of Economics, Senior Associate for Energy Policy, Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, The University of Tennessee
  • Stephen Smith, Executive Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
  • Bruce Tonn, Department of Political Science, The University of Tennessee
  • Timothy Valentine, Strategic Planning and Communications,
    Energy and Engineering Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Madeleine Weil, Deputy Director, Policy Development, City of Knoxville

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Hotel Information

The Knoxville Hilton (501 W. Church Avenue Southwest, Knoxville, TN 37902-2591) is the conference hotel. Conference room rates (if reserved by March 11, 2008) are $75.00 plus tax for single/double (or upgrade to a King room for $85.00 plus tax per night). The group code for these rooms is PHI. Reservations may be made by calling:

Hotel—865-523-2300 (8AM-4PM)
Direct—865-251-2578 (8AM-4PM)
Toll-free—800-HILTONS

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