Communicating Sustainability: Developing Effective Strategies for a Better World

April 16, 2024, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Skiles Building, Room 254

This interactive workshop explores the intricate relationship between sustainability and technical communication. In today's world, effective communication plays a crucial role in advancing sustainability initiatives, whether it's promoting gender equality or advocating for responsible production and consumption. This workshop delves into how technical communication can serve as a powerful tool in achieving Sustainable Development Goals related to these critical areas. Throughout the workshop, participants will engage in a series of scenario-based activities designed to foster meaningful discussions and hands-on learning experiences. These activities are meticulously crafted to highlight the interconnectedness between sustainability and technical communication, emphasizing the importance of clear, concise, audience-centric messaging. From analyzing case studies to participating in interactive role-plays, participants will gain practical and technical insights on how communication strategies can influence attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes in the realm of sustainability.

About the Speaker

Donnie Johnson Sackey earned his bachelor's in Latin and bachelor's in English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a master's in critical studies in literacy and pedagogy, and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and writing at Michigan State University. Currently, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Rhetoric & Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses in environmental communication, information design, user-experience design, and nonprofit writing. He serves on the steering committee of the Polymathic Scholars Honors Program and the Bridging the Disciplines Smart Cities faculty panel. His research centers on the dynamics of environmental public policy deliberation, environmental justice, and environmental community-based participatory research. His research has appeared in Communication Design Quarterly, Community Literacy Journal, Present Tense, Rhetoric Review, Technical Communication Quarterly, and various edited collections. He is a non-resident fellow with the Center on Global Energy Policy's CarbonTech Development Initiative at Columbia University. He'll be continuing to do work with the center over the next couple years, which will support several ongoing research projects.

Directions and Parking

The Skiles Building is located at 686 Cherry St NW, Atlanta, GA 30332, across from the Price Gilbert Memorial Library. Paid parking is available in the Visitor Area 1 lot for $2 per hour.

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