The International Environmental Communication Association

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About The IECA

The IECA is a professional nexus of practitioners, teachers, scholars, students, artists and organizations engaged in research and action to find more ethical and effective ways to communicate about environmental concerns in order to move society towards sustainability.

Our mission is to foster effective and inspiring communication that alleviates environmental issues and conflicts, and solves the problems that cause them.

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Environmental Communication: What it is and Why it Matters

Membership Benefits

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Online Course

The next session of Environmental Communication: Research Into Practice begins January 7, 2019

This course will help you to understand what's distinct about environmental communication and why it's not necessarily the same as other types of public interest or political communication. We'll consider the unique and difficult challenges of communicating well around environmental affairs and sustainability. We’ll explore 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.



Waterlines: Confluence and Hope through Environmental Communication

June 17-21, 2019, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

We are excited to have you join us for the The 15th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) on the Point Grey headland, surrounded by forest and ocean, with views of the Coast Mountains, all of which is part of the traditional unceded territory of the Musqueam people. This is a conference for artists, practitioners, students and researchers. All are welcome. The call for submissions is now available with a deadline of November 15, 2018.

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What's New at the IECA

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Environmental Communication Educators: I teach an undergraduate course in Environmental Communication at the University of Cincinnati once or twice a year. The course usually enrolls 30-40 students, and is dual-listed as an elective in our Environmental Studies major.

I have a new goal for the course this year--help students to build their news feeds with sites and sources pertaining to climate change, other environmental concerns, and ways in which active citizens can address those concerns via communication, political mobilization, and more.

Each of us builds our own information environment, either consciously or consciously, by what we attend to, view, read, click, and buy. Social media platforms contain embedded algorithms that feed back to us what sponsors think we want to see. We create and reinforce our own internet filter bubbles every day.

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The School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) at the University of Oregon (UO) is proud to announce a position for a tenured Professor (Associate Professor may be considered) as the inaugural holder of an endowed chair in Science Communication and the Director of the newly launched Media Center for Science and Technology (MCST) (see This hire will join a nationally recognized school that emphasizes critical thinking, media literacy, experiential learning, and a commitment to social progress and diversity.

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We are excited to have you join us in Vancouver, Canada for the 15th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE 2019). The conference will be held at the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus on the Point Grey headland, surrounded by forest and ocean, with views of the Coast Mountains and just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, all of which is part of the traditional unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

We have chosen communicating water - Waterlines - as the theme of the conference. Water connects with many environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest relating to energy production and distribution, land use, climate change, forestry, mining, development, and recreation. We think water is an under-researched area in the field of environmental communication and we are hoping to change that a bit.

The conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, artists, students and concerned citizens from around the world to share research, good practices, experience, and stories in order to help foster more effective, inspiring, ethical, and hopeful environmental and sustainability communication.

Founding member Fadia Hasan has just put out a new book that looks at academic–community engagement around environmental issues. Hasan is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Urban Studies Program in Trinity College, Hartford, CT, USA. The book is Participatory Networks and the Environment: The BGreen Project in the US and Bangladesh, the latest in Rougledge's Studies in Environmental Communication and Media series.

Recent Job Postings

Postdoctoral researcher - Communication and Society Research Centre, University of Minho
Director - Media Center for Science and Technology - University of Oregon, Media Center for Science and Technology
Postdoctoral Associate, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science - Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University
Social Science & Content Coordinator - Climate Advocacy Lab