Energy Ethics in Science and Engineering Education

Joseph Herkert, Rachelle Hollander, Clark Miller, Frazier Benya, Chad Monfreda, Lynette Osborne

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Scopus citations


Substantial global changes in energy production and use are occurring at present and will continue to occur for decades to come, with widespread ramifications for the distribution of wealth and power and humanity’s social and environmental future. This raises important ethical considerations that should be addressed in the education of engineers, whose research and practice will assuredly involve energy to some degree. The Energy Ethics in Science and Engineering Education Project, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, sought to enhance attention to and projects in energy ethics in graduate research education concerning energy. The partners, the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES) at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), conducted a number of research, educational, and outreach activities to develop a foundational intellectual basis for understanding the ethics of energy transitions, to provide opportunities for students to learn about energy ethics, and to disseminate ideas and materials broadly. Evaluation results indicate the project has been successful in engaging students in various formats; additionally the project has illuminated a number of fundamental ideas about the interrelationships among energy, ethics, and society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhilosophy of Engineering and Technology
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NamePhilosophy of Engineering and Technology
ISSN (Print)1879-7202
ISSN (Electronic)1879-7210


  • Collective responsibility
  • Energy ethics
  • Energy justice
  • Engineering education
  • Individual responsibility
  • Science education
  • Social justice
  • Socio-technical systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Development
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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