Upon applying to establish Environmental Communication as a permanent course offering at the University of Minnesota, we received the following feedback: “The committee asked for a more accessible description of environmental communication … what is it, exactly?” (N. Hanks 2013, personal communication). This was, and remains, a good question. We know what environmental communication means to us, how we define it in our courses and research. After all, we have taught (or taken) the course for several years as a “special topics” course and feel we have a solid sense of what environmental communication is as a field of study and instruction.