Yale Center for Environmental Communication

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.
Environmental Journalism
The YCEC informs and engages the public in environmental science and solutions through several environmental journalism initiatives.

  • Yale Environment 360 is an award-winning online magazine featuring reporting, opinion, and analysis on global environmental issues.
  • Yale Climate Connections is a climate change news service featuring articles, videos and a radio program broadcast daily on more than 500 stations nationwide.
  • The Environmental Film Festival at Yale is a student-run annual film festival showcasing incisive, cutting edge films that highlight the environmental and social issues of our time.
  • Sage Magazine is a student-run magazine that expands environmentalism through provocative conversation and the arts.
  • The Yale Environment Review is a student-run magazine that provides weekly updates on environmental research findings.

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:

  • In October 2017, Yale Environment 360 brought its longtime contributing writer and Pulitzer Prize-winner journalist Elizabeth Kolbert to campus to discuss her most recent book The Sixth Extinction and the innovative ways scientists and conservationists are working to save species from extinction.
  • At COP 23 in Bonn, Germany, in November 2017, the China Center for Climate Change Communication (China4C) and YPCCC hosted an official UNFCCC side event to present results from 2017 surveys of public opinion about climate change in China and the United States.
  • The Environmental Film Festival at Yale hosted its 10th annualfestival April 4-7 2018 highlighting the urgent global and social issues of our time.
  • In August 2018, the New York Times Magazine published a special issue devoted entirely to global warming. On September 10, 2018, the YCEC and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting hosted a panel discussion about the issue with author Nathaniel Rich and photojournalist George Steinmetz.  

The YCEC is supported by the TomKat Foundation, the Grantham Foundation for Protection of the Environment, and the MacArthur Foundation.

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