Communications Insight for Environmental Professionals

rru-logoSince 2011, Renee has been delivering a three-week intensive residency course at Royal Roads University in the Master’s program for Environmental Education and Communication (MAEEC).

Renee designed the experiential course to assist professionals working in education and communications, across government, public and private sectors. Students in the course have worked for organizations including Greenpeace, Sierra Club, David Suzuki Foundation, as well as informal science centers, and national and regional governmental departments

Renee typically invites leading colleagues (like George Marshall, Kari Norgaard and James Hoggan) from the field of climate, environment and psychology and arts to speak with the class, and students have reported the course has changed everything about how they view and practice communications and education.

Renee has supervised more than a dozen Master’s theses applying psychosocial methods and theory in government, private and public sectors. These projects included exploring the experience of communications professionals working in Canada’s oil sands industry, staff at a leading national Zoo, the issue of burn-out among young climate activists, and the psychology of climate denial in the context of flooding in Calgary.