F&ES 605a / 2019-2020
Environmental Risk Communication
Fall 2019: W, 2:30-5:20, Sage 32
Risk communication is a critical, but often overlooked part of how organizations identify and manage risks. Risk communication can help people take risks seriously (e.g., to wear a seatbelt or bicycle helmet, check for radon in their homes, evacuate from a coming hurricane) that they might otherwise ignore. Risk communication can also provide
reassurance when data indicate that a risk is not serious. For environmental professionals, effective risk communication enables them to communicate information in a way that is understood and accepted by different stakeholders (e.g., the public, industry, government leaders, etc.) and allows the participation of these stakeholders in risk management decisions. This course will provide an overview of the theory and practice of effective communication about environmental and health risks to diverse stakeholders. Students will be expected to actively participate in class discussions, drawing upon assigned readings, lectures, and videos.