SEJ's 30th Annual Conference • #SEJ2020 • Boise, ID • Sept. 23-27, 2020 • Contact



Environmental Journalism 2019: The 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists officially began Wednesday, October 9, at 5:30 p.m., with an opening reception followed by dinner and programs.

Before the official kick-off, three all-day workshops were held, as well as an afternoon meet-and-greet with fun networking opportunities.

Please note: SEJ is committed to supporting a harassment-free environment at the conference. Please read our anti-harassment policy.

All sessions, as well as registration, exhibits and breaks, took place at CSU’s Lory Student Center, 1101 Center Avenue Mall, Fort Collins, CO 80521, unless otherwise indicated.

Most sessions were audio-recorded and are posted on our conference coverage page. It’s critically important to SEJ to gather evidence on the impact of our work. So we’re tracking stories inspired by or informed by our conference in Fort Collins. The stories don’t have to be about Fort Collins; they can be based on sources or ideas you got from being at the conference. Please help us to keep SEJ strong and share links, photos, copies of reporting generated or informed by this conference. It’s never too late; send your story links to Cindy MacDonald, SEJ’s Web content manager.

  • Download the Program Agenda Booklet (3.8 MB). Note: There are changes to both agenda and logistics since the agenda booklet was printed. Always refer to the web agenda below or the Whova app for the latest updates.

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SEJ Student Newsroom

The Student Newsroom, in Room 376-378, will be available throughout the conference (see the agenda), and will include some special programming, but has limited space. If you are interested in finding out more about how to participate, please contact Dr. Joe Champ, Department of Journalism and Media Communication, Colorado State University at

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Yom Kippur

SEJ regrets that the start of this year’s conference overlaps with Yom Kippur. While we make every attempt to avoid conflicts with religious holidays, it’s not always possible. To assist attendees who observe the holiday, SEJ has arranged with a local synagogue, Congregation Har Shalom, to welcome SEJ attendees to services on Tuesday night and Wednesday. Services will take place at the Foothills Unitarian Church, 1815 Yorktown Avenue, Fort Collins, due to space constraints in the Har Shalom synagogue. There is a suggested donation of $72 per adult.

Tuesday, October 8
6:00 p.m.    Kol Nidre/Erev Yom Kippur Service**

Wednesday, October 9
9:00 a.m.    Yom Kippur Service**
10:00 a.m.    Youth Programming Begins
1:30 p.m.    Silent Walk in Nature
2:30-4:30 p.m.    Study Sessions
4:30 p.m.    Minchah Service
5:00 p.m.    Yizkor Memorial & Neilah Service

Note: A small break-the-fast of drinks and snacks will be provided after the Neilah Service.

Please contact co-chair Joshua Zaffos (email with subject “SEJ Yom Kippur”) for details, questions or suggestions.


As a journalism organization that believes in an open society, SEJ each year welcomes a diverse group of attendees to our annual conference. Attendees include representatives of business, government and environmental groups, as well as working journalists, academics and students.

Because non-journalists are here, you may see or hear presentations or responses to presentations that you might not expect from mainstream journalists. The presentations and any responses do not necessarily reflect the views of SEJ or any of its members.

As our guest, you should respect our interest in open discussions of environmental issues by thanking all participants in sessions you attend and not disrupting presentations of views you disagree with.

Finally, please respect our rule that SEJ members are given preference during question-and-answer sessions.

Please note: SEJ is committed to supporting a harassment-free environment at the conference. Please read our anti-harassment policy.