About the original Environmental Communication Network

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Were you looking for the Environmental Communication Network (ECN)? You found the right place. The ECN was a core partner in the creation of the IECA and has now been incorporated into IECA. Resources and information from the ECN can now be found here. If you found the ECN useful, please show your support by joining the IECA. For more information about the transition, please read Mark Meisner's open letter to ECN members.

Before merging into the International Environmental Communication Association in 2011, the Environmental Communication Network (ECN) was an independent, non-profit, non-commercial educational service. It was founded and run by Professor Mark Meisner on a volunteer basis for roughly 12 years. It was housed on the web servers of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and had the URL http://www.esf.edu/ecn/ but it was independent of the college. Its annual budget was $0 (U.S. or Canadian)!

The ECN was a community of scholars, professionals and activists concerned with the role of communication in environmental affairs, the field known as "environmental communication" (EC).

The ECN had grown out of the biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) that had been held since 1991. In 1995 Meisner set up a LISTSERV for COCE participants and later a web site for COCE. In 2000 he created the ECN out of those, consisting of a new LISTSERV mailing list and new web site. The ECN also incorporated the old Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) web site and expanded on it. The ECN web site aimed to be the best place to start when looking for information about environmental communication. Over the years, more and more material was added to the web site with the help of members of the network, and it became a hub for the growing field of environmental communication.

The ECN was not a network for simply talking about environmental issues. Rather, it was a network for talking about how communication issues interact with environmental affairs. Along with the conferences, newsletters, and journals, the ECN was a place for the exchange of ideas and information relating to the field of environmental communication.

The ECN web site was also home to the web pages of the Environmental Communication Division (ECD) of the National Communication Association.