The Yale Center for Environmental Communication (YCEC) at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies conducts research on the psychological, cultural, and political factors that influence environmental attitudes and behavior; teaches students and trains working professionals; informs and engages the public through environmental journalism; and supports a global network of organizations seeking to build public and political will for environmental solutions.
The YCEC includes:
The YCEC conducts world-class research on climate change and environmental communication. Research results are published in public reports, interactive maps, and scientific articles and are shared via public presentations and private briefings. The findings are used by hundreds of news organizations, including CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, the Guardian, Xinhua, and many others.
Teaching and Training
The YCEC provides courses in environmental communication for Yale graduate and undergraduate students and training programs for working environmental professionals.
Current environmental communication courses include (all at FES except as noted):
The YCEC is developing a certificate program in environmental communication for working professionals. Meanwhile, existing courses include Marketing for Sustainability offered by the Yale School of Management’s Executive Education program and a course on Communicating Climate Change and Health at the Yale School of Public Health.
The YCEC informs and engages the public in environmental science and solutions through several environmental journalism initiatives.
Yale Climate Connections (YCC) and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting have partnered to connect journalists reporting on climate change with leading researchers and students studying climate change communication. YCC and the Pulitzer Center bring leading environmental journalists to Yale for faculty and student seminars and public presentations. The Pulitzer Center also supports a competitive fellowship program, giving Yale students an opportunity to work directly with Pulitzer journalists as part of a training program in Washington, D.C. Finally, YCC and the Pulitzer Center produce and distribute climate-focused content to a wide national audience.
Supporting A Global Network of Environmental Communicators
The YCEC organizes national and international meetings, conferences and events to convene climate change and environmental leaders and supports a global network of environmental communications scholars and practitioners.
Recent examples of YCEC convenings:
The YCEC is supported by the TomKat Foundation, the Grantham Foundation for Protection of the Environment, and the MacArthur Foundation.