Center for Environmental Communications


The purpose of the Center for Environmental Communication (LUCEC) is to enhance the flow of environmental information throughout the region.

Building on the scholarly resources of Loyola University New Orleans, the Center for Environmental Communication hosts a training program teaching journalism students how to cover the environmental beat, as well as offering instruction on environmental issues to public relations and advertising students. It also is home to the Institute for Environmental Communication and serves as a news source for the media on regional environmental issues. Additionally, LUCEC promotes research into how environmental issues are communicated, and intervenes in situations where industry appears to be inadequately dealing with environmental challenges, especially in the area of social justice of the surrounding communities. Over the years, LUCEC has presented numerous workshops in the Caribbean intended to improve environmental reporting in that region

The Loyola University Center for Environmental Communication (LUCEC) is one of the few such centers in the United States that specializes in training communicators in covering environmental issues.  All of our efforts are focused on spreading the word about the environmental issues facing Louisiana and beyond.
• serves students in the School of Mass Communication and Loyola's Environmental Studies Program
• hosts the Institute for Environmental Communication for citizens interested in widening their communication circle
• serves as a media resource on environmental issues
• intervenes in environmental challenges faced by businesses
• presents workshops intended to improve environmental reporting in the Caribbean region.



Housed In

School of Mass Communications


  • 13 Institutes for Environmental Communication hosted
  • over 350 fellows completed the Institute of Environmental Communications since 1998

Program Areas

Focus Areas

Business: Economic Development
Community Organizing
Conflict Resolution
Disaster Recovery
Health: Public
Public Policy
Social Justice

Target Populations

Government agencies
Non-profit and community agencies

Target Locations

Greater New Orleans
Parish: 5-Parish Region
Regions in US: Gulf Coast
Regions in US: Southeast Louisiana
Regions outside US: Caribbean
State: Louisiana
State: Mississippi

Loyola Participants