The Ray C. Anderson Foundation has awarded $400,000 to the Emory University Center for Ethics to launch a four-year program aimed at developing scholars and teachers in sustainability worldwide.

The grant will fund an initiative at the ethics center called the Culture, Religion, Ethics and the Environment (CREATE) program. CREATE will produce and disseminate new scholarship on the religious, ethical and cultural foundations for the environmental and sustainability movements. This new scholarship will be used to develop curricula for broad training by businesses, educational institutions and religious communities.

“Underlying the American environmentalism and sustainability movement is an ethical sensibility,” says Paul Root Wolpe, director of Emory’s Center for Ethics and principal investigator for the project.

“The reason we care about saving endangered species, for example, has a lot to do with our sense of stewardship, our responsibility to future generations, and other ethical and religious ideals,” he explains.

According to Wolpe, the CREATE program “proposes to bring together the best thinkers on the ethical and religious foundations of environmentalism and sustainability to generate scholarship and develop curricula, so that we can better understand the roots, and perhaps the future, of the American environmental movement.”

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