Decarbonizing Character is based on the work of undergraduate students in ENV 302, “Climate, Carbon, and Character,” taught by Dr. Ryan Juskus at Wake Forest University. Throughout the class, students explored the intersection of climate and moral virtue, ultimately selecting one moral virtue to explore in depth for their final essays. The students’ final essays, published here, were subject to editing and review their classmates and by Dr. Ryan Juskus, Dr. Elizabeth Pierce, and Dr. Hannah Read, also at Wake Forest.
This project is made possible in part by a course development grant from the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University.
Before publishing, the project manager informed all students of their privacy protections under FERPA. The instructor and project manager made every effort to ensure students understood the project in full, emphasizing that the students’ essays, their names, and their affiliations with the course and the university would be publicly accessible. Publication here was not a course requirement, and students could opt out of publication or publish anonymously or under a pseudonym without jeopardizing their grade.
The project manager also ensured that students understood their intellectual property rights as authors. Students learned about the Creative Commons licenses and each student freely chose their own license to apply to their work.
Yellow Leaf Publishing is a digital publishing service from Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Yellow Leaf Publishing aims to expand the possibilities for digital scholarship, digital pedagogy, and open education at Wake Forest in ways that embody DISC’s Core Principles of Access, Equity, and Intention.
Those with questions about the project can reach out to project manager Kyle Denlinger, [email protected]