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Environmental Communication:
Research Into Practice

"This isn’t just another course on effective communication. It’s not about how to write compelling copy or design a stunning advocacy ad. It’s deeper than that.

This course will help you to understand the unique and sometimes near-impossible challenges of communicating well around environmental affairs and sustainability.

We’ll show you why much environmental communication today is not as effective as it could be, and is all too often counter-productive.

And we’ll give you the information and critical perspective you need to make better communication choices."

What's New

IECA members Jen Schneider, Steve Schwarze, Pete Bsumek and Jennifer Peeples have published Under Pressure: Coal Industry Rhetoric and Neoliberalism, a new book in the Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication series.

IECA members Jen Schneider, Steve Schwarze, Pete Bsumek and Jennifer Peeples have published Under Pressure: Coal Industry Rhetoric and Neoliberalism, a new book in the Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication series.

How COCE and IECA Helped Make a Bear

You’ve likely seen it by now – the sculpture of a polar bear transfixed by a towering line representing the rise in Global carbon dioxide emissions. The sculpture by Danish artist Jens Galschiot was first shown in Paris, and has been used since in some other settings, including a square in front of the Danish parliament.
What you may not know is that the story of the sculpture’s creation can be partly traced back to the Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) in Boulder, Colorado last summer. It was my first IECA Conference, and I was eager to get as much out of the event as possible, presenting some of the WWF Arctic work, but also learning from others.

Just Transition Conference 2017

Just Transition Conference: Communicating Power in an Age of Climactic Change
April 7-9, 2017. Villanova University. Cosponsored by the Waterhouse Family Institute & BoulderTalks
Deadline for submissions: August 7, 2016 http://wfi2017.vucommdept.com/

CFP: In these times, our only guarantee is that nothing is going to remain the same. This may give pause for feelings of pre-loss, fear, and anxiety about our own ecological precarity, as well as anger about how crises often are mobilized to exacerbate already existing patterns of political inequity. It also might inspire us to imagine how we can re-energize new power relations, create opportunities for political revolutions, and imagine a future worth striving towards.

Graduate seminar in climate change & sustainability communication

Each spring, I teach a 3 credit hour graduate seminar (Communication 660) at George Mason University titled Climate Change & Sustainability Communication Campaigns.  Generally speaking, the course is very well-recieved by students.

In summer 2014, I taught the course as a non-credit earning distance education course (similar to Mark Meisner's environmental communication course model) to Climate Access members -- a community of practice organized by Cara Pike.  The course was well-received by these professional "students" too.

In spring 2017, I am interested in opening up the course -- for credit, on a distance education basis -- to up to a dozen graduate students at universities that do not offer a similar course, IF THERE IS INTEREST IN ME DOING SO.

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