The International Environmental Communication Association

One-Planet Talking

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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

Registration is open for the January 2020 session of Environmental Communication: Research Into Practice.

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.



COCE is going Down Under!

June 2021, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

We are excited to announce that the The 16th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) will be hosted by the University of Tasmania in Hobart Australia. This is a conference for artists, practitioners, students and researchers. All will be welcome. We will be posting more details in the coming year.

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What's New at the IECA

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POSITION DESCRIPTION:  The Department of Communication is seeking a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in Public Relations with an emphasis in Environmental Communication. We seek a colleague whose research and teaching addresses environmental communication/social justice efforts and public relations, and who can teach social media analytics.

IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should demonstrate clear evidence of the potential for establishing a national reputation through an active program of scholarship. In addition, candidates should have a strong record of teaching, an interest in both undergraduate and graduate education, and a willingness to mentor graduate students. Existing courses the candidate may teach include Public Relations Campaigns, Digital Media and Citizenship, Introduction to Communicating about Health/Science/Environment, and Environmental Communication, along with opportunities to develop new courses.

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(See attached PDF for full CFP)

"[National Council of Teachers of English's] (2019) “Resolution on Literacy Teaching on Climate Change” suggests: “Understanding
climate change challenges the imagination; addressing climate change demands all the tools of
language and communication, including the ability to tell compelling stories about the people
and conflicts at the heart of this global discussion.” Through this book, we hope to reinvigorate
the concept of ecocomposition for as a critical tool for teaching writing amid the impending
existential climate crisis.

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As part of a multi-year plan to hire six tenure-track faculty, the newly formed Department of Environment and Sustainability at the University at Buffalo seeks to hire three Assistant or Associate Professors for the 2020-2021 academic year.

In this round of hiring, we seek scholars with expertise in the economic, social, political, cultural, historical, psychological, and ecological aspects of environmental and sustainability issues. We are especially interested in scholars who study the macro structures that affect the sustainability of societies; the forces that shape the way individuals think and act; and the processes controlling coupled natural-human systems. Western New York represents a living laboratory to study issues and processes over a gradient that includes rural, suburban and urban environments as well as two of the Great Lakes. The department already is broadly based, with faculty ranging from the ecological and environmental sciences to the humanities, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees including Sustainability Leadership, Environmental Geosciences, Environmental Studies, and Evolution, Ecology and Behavior. Our hires in the next few years will strengthen our ability to solve critical societal and environmental problems and grow degree programs in these important areas.

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It is our pleasure to announce the June 2021 location for the Conference on Communication and the Environment (COCE). The IECA Board has selected the University of Tasmania to host the conference in Hobart, on the island of Tasmania, Australia, to take our international organization to the southern hemisphere for the first time! This will bring our conference closer to our Southeast Asian and Oceanian members of the International Environmental Communication Association. The tentative dates of the conference are June 7 – 10, 2021.

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Current Job Postings

Associate/Full Professor in Environmental Rhetoric - Department of Communication Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Environmental Communication/Public Relations - Department of Communication, University of Cincinnati

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