“I regard Renee’s work as one of the most significant voices today addressing our environmental challenges.” Elizabeth Thompson

Executive Director, The Buckminster Fuller Institute

“Renee is working at the forefront of exploring deeper levels of how people respond to environmental issues, and what this means for new ways of communicating with and engaging people. She brings great sensitivity and insight to her work on psychological dimensions of sustainability. It is a perspective and orientation that is urgently needed in environmental scholarship and research, and one that is often missing.” Paul Hawken

best-selling author & Founder, Natural Capital Institute

“I found Renee’s work on our consumer-facing brand fresh, innovative, effective and powerful. I had not encountered anything quite like it. Her analysis of the psychology of green electronics was incredibly insightful. I learned a great deal and continue to benefit from engaging with her.” Sarah O’Brien

Green Electronics Council

Renee’s work is a must read for anyone interested in addressing the root causes of climate change in order to help solutions emerge.” Mark McCraffey

Climate Literacy Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder

“Working with Renee on the viewing guide for my documentary film helped me understand — and speak to — the range of emotions viewers of my work have been experiencing, so they could better engage with the material. I found this valuable and it continues to inform my work.” Chanda Chevannes

Producer/Director of Living Downstream

“Your research and insights around the conflicts in accepting climate change, and how they trigger defense mechanisms, helped ground our strategy in research and demonstrate that having personal conversation about climate change is a powerful and needed strategy within the movement.” Jonah Sachs

Co-Founder / CEO, Free Range Studio

“Renee Lertzman brings emotional intelligence to tough communications problems. Her understanding of social psychology can open doors that seem forever closed.” James Hoggan

Author, Climate Cover-Up and Principal, Hoggan & Associates

“I regard Renee’s work as one of the most significant voices today addressing our environmental challenges. She is a profoundly deep thinker, and yet highly pragmatic. She brings great creativity, sensitivity, insight and compassion into her work, whether it relates to messaging, strategy, or simply becoming more adept at leveraging psychology to help us be more effective. I have learned a great deal from her. She is a gift.” Elizabeth Thompson

Executive Director, The Buckminster Fuller Institute

“As climate crisis communicators on KWMR Post Carbon Radio show, we try to get our listeners engaged in action recognizing the urgency of our predicament. I found Renee Lertzman’s psychoanalytic work very helpful in understanding unconscious defense mechanisms warding off the anxiety, grief, and overwhelm of climate crisis information, such as, denial, projection, and ambivalence. She points out the importance of supportive listening, and reframing in a way that creates a collaborative and trusting context.” Bing Gong

host, Post-Carbon Radio, KWMR

“I have learned a great deal from Renee’s work on producing the landscape report on climate change engagement, which then inspired our new Climate Field Guide. It’s really helped me navigate this emerging space.” Bruce Lowry

Director, Policy & Communications, Skoll Global Threats Fund

“Renee’s work has deeply informed so much of my own thinking and approach to engagement, particularly around climate issues. She is an enormous resource, whether redesigning a survey or offering a session on climate communications. I am incredibly grateful. She is a gem, a treasure, and we are fortunate to have worked with her.” Kirstin Greene

Principal, Cogan Owens Greene

“Since I began working with Renee I’ve gained a broader and deeper understanding of environmental communication, and most importantly, have developed the understanding to fully view the impact of environmental communication from the perspective of the message receiver (i.e., the people with whom we are trying to communicate). Renee’s guidance helped me to form the skills I needed in order to perform psychosocial research, while challenging me to take the research further to consider broad implications across the field. I now teach my own graduate courses and have been able to apply my experience with Renee to working with my own students: to challenge them to think deeply and broadly and to begin to understand the psychological underpinnings of the audiences that they choose to work with in environmental education. Renee introduced me to content and research that is still rarely explored to this level in environmental education and communication programs. I’m grateful to be able to have her as a colleague and mentor.” Gabby Hebert

Director of Education, Phoenix Zoo

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