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

Registration will open mid-May for the September 2022 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.


Re-MEDIAting the Wild

The 16th Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) “as you’ve never seen it before”

June 21-24, 2021, online everywhere

The International Environmental Communication Association (IECA) will hold the 16th Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) online everywhere in June 2021. This conference will mark IECA's 10th anniversary. As always, we will bring together artists, practitioners, scholars, students and engaged citizens from around the world to discuss the state of communication related to environmental affairs. We consider Indigenous perspectives to be central to this topic and therefore especially encourage the participation of Indigenous People.

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What's New at the IECA

Kenneth C.C. Yang's picture

Case studies have been a popular qualitative research method that provides researchers with “an intensive, holistic description and analysis of a single instance, phenomenon, or social unit” (Merriam, 1998, p. 21). This methodology has been widely used in environmental communication (EC) research (Jarreau, Altinay, & Reynolds, 2015). Using case studies to teach environmental communication can also be an effective pedagogical technique for EC teachers. Case studies demonstrate to students how abstract EC theories and concepts can be used to solve real-life situations and conservation problems. In this blog entry, as part of the IECA Educator Fellow Program, I would like to share my experience of integrating case studies into the EC classroom.

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Edward Maibach's picture

The George Mason University Department of Communication, Center for Climate Change Communication invites applications for an Associate Director. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The Associate Director will work closely with the Center Director to refine the strategic focus of the Center as needed, and to ensure that the operations, activities and resources of the Center are advancing the Center’s mission to the extent possible. Together, the Director and the Associate Director will form the strategic and operational leadership team of the Center. Reporting to the Director, the Associate Director will be responsible for overall support of the mission, program development and fundraising, program management, public relations and marketing, communication, supervision, facilities, information systems, and administrative advocacy.

Gregg Walker's picture

In 2016, at the UN Climate Change meetings in Marrakech, a group of people concerned about climate change education, communication, and engagement got together and shared an idea – an initiative that would address climate change education, communication, and outreach needs of both countries and non-government organizations.  What was once an idea has become an  organization – ECOS – the Education, Communication, and Outreach Stakeholders Community (; on Facebook at:

IECA founding member Carrie P. Freeman has published The Human Animal Earthling Identity: Shared Values Unifying Human Rights, Animal Rights, and Environmental Movements. Freeman is Associate Professor of Communication at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Jennifer Peeples's picture

Frontiers in Communication: Science and Environmental Communication invites submissions to be published as part of a Frontiers Research Topic exploring communication, race, and outdoor spaces. The invitation responds to calls from communication scholars to center race in communication and rhetorical analyses.

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