Public Media, Art, & Engagement

Committed to civic engagement, Prof. Phaedra C. Pezzullo serves as Co-Director of the Creative Climate Communication & Behavior Change Center (C3BC), the Just Transition Collaborative (JTC), and Inside the Greenhouse (ITG). She currently is working on local initiatives with colleagues and students to: divest and reinvest CU Boulder from fossil fuels, reduce single-use plastics on campus, lead Climate Across the Curriculum Training, co-organize a toxic tour in southern Louisiana, and support efforts in the birthplace of the environmental justice movement. Listen to her podcast, Communicating Care.

Below are selected media quotes, public art events, and more. Last updated: July 2022

Partnering with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on creating environmental and climate justice digital storytelling for their new EnviroScreen Tool (ongoing).

Consulted for Pulitzer Center, “Climate change and labor: The media landscape.” Report, 2022. Panelist for the Pulitzer Center, “Your Work/Environment” Launch Event. On international journalist stories on climate and labor. Zoom. March 30, 2022. Available here.

Quoted in TIME Magazine, Elijah Wolfson, March 1, 2022, The IPCC Is Finally Using the Right Words to Talk About Climate Change Inequality and Justice. Available at:

Quoted in Open Canada, Kamyar Razavi, “COVID-19’s lessons for the climate movement,” April 28, 2021. Available at: 

Quoted in CU Boulder Today, “5 Takeaways from the 2021 Campus Sustainability Summit,” April 26, 2021. Available at:

“Just Transition = CO Climate Solution,” Co-Moderator and speaker with Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Lizeth Chacon (Colorado People’s Alliance), Will Toor (CO State Office of Energy), Stephanie Malin (CSU), and Max Boykoff (CUB). Co-sponored by many, including Inside the Greenhouse (ITG) and C3BC. Part of the National #MakeClimateAClass Global Dialog. Zoom. April 6, 2021. Recording available at:

Quoted in Los Angeles Times, Evan Halper & Anna M. Phillips, “With Democrats in power, an emboldened environmental movement confronts them,” Jan. 29, 2021, Available at:

“Toxic Tours,” Podcast interview, hosted by Mark Pedelty. Public Lands Podcast. October 24, 2020. Available at:

Quoted in Carlos Monkus, “Professor take part in Scholar Strike: Action meant to show solidarity with minorities,” The Daily Camera, September 10, 2020, p. A1.

Quoted in Julia King, “CU celebrates 50 years of Earth Day online,” The Daily Camera, April 21, 2020. Available at:

“Just Transition = CO Climate Solution,” Panelist with Colorado Governor Jared Polis, former Colorado Governor William Ritter, and Jorge Figueroa, Director of Il Laboratorio. Sponsored by the Conference on World Affairs (CWA), the Colorado Energy Office, the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR), the Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) and Inside the Greenhouse (ITG) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Part of the National #MakeClimateAClass Power Dialog. University Memorial Center. April 7, 2020. Available at: ; write up:

Quoted in Tamara Hardingham-Gill, “Travelers behaving badly: Is the conduct of tourists getting worse?” CNN Travel, October 9, 2019. Available at: .

“Inside the Greenhouse Calls for Creative Climate Communication with Youth,” Speaker, Organized by Action Network, Norlin Quad, September 20, 2019.

GMOs and Science Communication in Documentary Films, Respondent to Modified, Organized by Flatirons Food Film Festival & Media Studies in CMCI, August 29, 2019.

“When Facts are Not Enough: How to talk to people about climate change,” Co-presenter in workshop with Prof. Katharine Hayhoe and Prof. Max Boykoff. University Cooperation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Annual Members Meeting, October 10, 2018.

“Just Transition in Boulder Climate Policy,” Public Address. Rise for Climate Justice and Jobs. Sponsored by At the Bandshell in Boulder, CO. September 8, 2018.

“Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere in Shanghai,” Blog post. CSTPR Prometheus Blog. November 2, 2017. Available at:

“Statement Celebrating Boulder’s Climate Leadership and Asking Colorado Governor to Pledge to Paris Climate Agreement.” Public address. Boulder #Act on Climate Celebration & Call to Action. Sponsored by Climate Culture Collaborative – C3 Boulder and 350 Boulder County. Central Park Bandshell, Boulder, CO. June 10, 2017.

“What can you do about Paris/Trump/Our World going to Hell in a Handbasket (with climate change expert Phaedra Pezzullo),” Facebook Live interview with Waylon Lewis. (1:04:05.) Walk the Talk show. (Over 34,000 views). June 6, 2017. Available at:

“Gambling with the Paris Climate Accord Communicates the End of an Era.” Current Commentary. National Communication Association. June 2, 2017. Available at:

“Quitting is a Privilege,” MoreThanScientists interview Pezzullo. (2:05). Inside the Greenhouse. Published: June 4, 2017. Available at:

“Lessons from Environmental Communication,” Symposium speaker, STORM WARNING / Artists on Climate Change and the Environment, Vicki Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, April 9, 2017. Unofficial National Cold War Environmental Heritage Trail Workshop. National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation Service. Participant. Colorado College. (March 19, 2016).

Led by Shiloh Krupar & Sarah Kanouse. Seven Scribes. “Today’s Fight for Environmental Justice.” Podcast with Sierra Club President Aaron Mair. Seven on Seven Podcast. (Recorded: February 20, 2016; Published: March 9, 2016). Available at:   

International Environmental Communication Association’s (IECA’s) Climate Negotiations Working Group at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)/COP21, also known as “Paris Agreement.” Published four Blog Posts on location for the International Environmental Communication Association. (2015). “Friday, Nov 27: Reluctant Climate Activist-Scholar”; “Sunday, Nov 29: A State of Emergency & Latent Exigence During COP21”; “Tuesday, Dec 1: What is “Resilience” at COP21?”; “The Art of Climate Communication & Dreaming of a Just Transition at COP21.” Available at: