Bringing science communication to youth.

The Sustainability Science and Communication tool helps transition institutions of higher education, especially research universities, into "Rooted Universities." The Rooted University invests significant attention and resources in place-based education, research and community engagement.

Roger's Community Garden Sustainable Food ExpoThe Rooted University's place-based approach is geared to understanding and improving how local-global forces interact and shape the coupled human-natural environments we inhabit. The 21st century’s most complex challenges (e.g., the food-water-energy trilemma) are best addressed bioregionally. The term "bioregion" combines the Greek word for life (bios) with the Latin word for territory (regia) and the Latin term for ruling/governing (regere). Bioregion thus means "life territory or life place." Interest in the theory and practice of bioregionalism, Bioregional Justice and Sustainability Science is on the rise in universities around the world as global megatrends and problems associated with unsustainable resource-intensive industrialism become more pervasive. The Rooted University plays a vital role in its own bioregion by helping democratize science and technology, education and training that fosters equity, sustainability, resilience and scientific literacy in healthy placemaking.


To use communication tools (video, social media, conceptual frameworks) to connect universities with local communities to envision, enacting new research and community-led change.


  • Provide theories, methods and tools in support of transdisciplinary research designed to crossfertilize the “hard sciences” (e.g., natural, physical, biological, health, engineering and informational sciences) with the social sciences, arts and humanities through participatory, civically engaged, place-based approaches.
  • Engage in bidirectional communication with local communities, developing research questions around community needs.
  • Train undergraduate and graduate students to engage with local communities and broader audiences as effective science communicators.
  • Create new content (short films, posters, web tools, etc.) to communicate science and sustainability issues to broad audiences.

Future Projects

Science Communication Graduate Program at UC San Diego.