Our Projects

Forums on
Sustainability in Philosophy

Eugene Chislenko (Organizer) & Rebecca Millsop (Moderator)

Each month our members come together via video forum to discuss our current projects and goals. Please see our recent and future topics below. If you are interested in joining future forums, please reach out to us by emailing us at philosophersforsustainability@gmail.com. We would love for you to join us!


  • March 2019: Sustainability Advocacy in Philosophy Organizations
  • April 2019: Drafting Sustainable Practices Guidelines
  • June 2019: Member Suggestions for Sustainability Guidelines
  • July 2019: The APA Good Practices Guide
  • August 2019: Teaching Sustainability
  • September 2019: Our Sustainability Guidelines
  • October 2019: Sustainability Advocacy
  • November 2019: Sustainability Resources
  • December 2019: Climate Change and Public Philosophy
  • February 2020: Climate Strike Support
  • March 2020: E-vents & E-Conferences
  • April 2020: Handling Emergencies
  • May 2020: Strategic Planning
  • September 2020: Shifting our Field
  • October 2020: Climate Change & Racial Justice
  • January 2021: Building Community Online
  • February 2021: Taking Political Action
  • March 2021: Holding Local Events

Advocacy in
National Philosophy Associations

Drawing on similar efforts in the United Kingdom, the American Philosophical Association has recently drafted a good practices guide for philosophers, which has already been widely read and influential in a range of departments. In 2019, Philosophers for Sustainability ran an advocacy campaign to encourage the American Philosophical Association to distribute guidelines on sustainable practices. We then collectively drafted, discussed, revised, and submitted a set of guidelines. In February 2020, the APA published its revised Good Practices Guide that now ends with our sustainability guidelines. These are the main professional guidelines in our field in a large and influential country, going out to about 10,000 APA members who teach some number of millions of students every year. Getting a fraction of those members to consider and adopt more sustainable practices is a real victory!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in drafting, discussing, revising, and advocating for the guidelines throughout 2019. We encourage all our members, and other interested philosophers, to hold local events on sustainability and/or climate change for your department or other philosophical community (including undergraduates), in which you can use these guidelines as a starting point for discussion of practices, plans, and advocacy in your community. We have some experience with these and are happy to share materials such as flyers and agendas, as well as putting you in touch with nearby Philosophers for Sustainability members whenever possible. Please let us know afterwards how the event goes and share any useful guideline or advocacy suggestions with us!

Please find the Sustainability Guidelines HERE.

Conference 2021: Philosophy and the Climate Crisis

June 11-12, 2021 

Climate change presents a major challenge for our time. It is expected to greatly increase global temperatures, “natural” disasters, political instability, war, disease, drought, and famine in this century. Its impacts are far-reaching and distributed unequally. In this conference, we aim to make progress toward addressing climate change, both by addressing the philosophical challenges it raises, and by working together to encourage sustainable practices in teaching, research, administration, advocacy, and community engagement.

For more information, check out the Conference 2021 page.

Integrating the
Environment into our Teaching

Drawing on similar efforts in the United Kingdom, the American Philosophical Association has recently drafted a good practices guide for philosophers, which has already been widely read and influential in a range of departments. In 2019, Philosophers for Sustainability ran an advocacy campaign to encourage the American Philosophical Association to distribute guidelines on sustainable practices. We then collectively drafted, discussed, revised, and submitted a set of guidelines. In February 2020, the APA published its revised Good Practices Guide that now ends with our sustainability guidelines. These are the main professional guidelines in our field in a large and influential country, going out to about 10,000 APA members who teach some number of millions of students every year. Getting a fraction of those members to consider and adopt more sustainable practices is a real victory!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in drafting, discussing, revising, and advocating for the guidelines throughout 2019. We encourage all our members, and other interested philosophers, to hold local events on sustainability and/or climate change for your department or other philosophical community (including undergraduates), in which you can use these guidelines as a starting point for discussion of practices, plans, and advocacy in your community. We have some experience with these and are happy to share materials such as flyers and agendas, as well as putting you in touch with nearby Philosophers for Sustainability members whenever possible. Please let us know afterwards how the event goes and share any useful guideline or advocacy suggestions with us!

Please find the Sustainability Guidelines HERE.

We have many other projects we would like to take on and we are in the process of starting some of them. Stay tuned for more, and please get in touch with any proposals!