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Learn how to bridge the gap between environmental awareness and environmental action


frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are you a:

Program manager working to promote uptake of a sustainable behavior? (e.g. avoid single-use plastics, reduce energy use)

Funder that wants to help your grantees use behavior change to make their projects more effective

Communications manager seeking to craft messages that move your audience to action?

Solo practitioner or academic interested in incorporating behavior change techniques into your work?

Curious individual motivated to learn more about how to promote pro-environmental behaviors in your community?

If any of these sound like you, we invite you to join us at our practical 2–day workshop that will show you how to use a human-centered design approach to move from analyzing your audience’s barriers to igniting wide-scale environmental behavior change


We offer a 20% discount for groups of 2 or more.

We also have limited scholarships and work-trade options available. 

Attendees can pay via check, rather than through Eventbrite. Contact us at and let us know that you would like to purchase your ticket via check.

If you can’t attend this training, but are interested in future trainings or want to learn about the other services we offer, sign up for our newsletter or send us an email at

We will offer a full refund up to 7 days prior to the event. 

That’s OK! We will help you figure out what behavior change will have the most impact, as well as how to get there most effectively.

Yes. Someone else from your organization may attend in your place if you can no longer make it.


Our 2-day human-centered-design-based workshop introduces you to behavior design and teaches you how to employ it to promote lasting, impactful pro-environmental behaviors within your target audiences.

Meet the trainers

Executive Director

Nya co-founded Root Solutions with Rod Fujita in 2014 and has served as the nonprofit’s Executive Director since its inception. Nya’s conservation work has focused on the application of research in institutional design, sociology, economics, and other fields to create policies and design principles that facilitate rational environmental decision-making, namely in service of preserving the world’s oceans. Nya has created educational and outreach materials for the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society on the fragility of earth’s coral reef ecosystems. As a fisheries specialist at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), she provided sustainable fishery management expertise through workshops, trainings, and resource development.

During her five-year tenure at EDF, Nya met and worked closely with Rod Fujita. Together they led the introduction of decision science to their colleagues. Nya has co-authored two books published by EDF: Catch Share Design Manual, Volume 1: A Guide for Managers and Fishermen, and Catch Share Design Manual, Volume 2: Cooperative Catch Shares, as well as several scientific articles. Nya holds an M.A. from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University and a B.A. in Anthropology and in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley.

Assistant Director

Lauren comes to Root Solutions with experience in strategic communication, fundraising, and project and event coordination for non-profits, public agencies and higher education institutions. With a background in environmental policy and economics from UC San Diego, Lauren went back to school for her Master’s degree in Environmental Behavior, Education and Communication at the University of Michigan after seeing a very real need for greater evidence-informed decision-making, programming, and communication in the non-profit space.

After three (very cold) years in Michigan studying and teaching other students about behavior change for environmental stewardship, Lauren is now applying her skills and expertise at Root Solutions by helping non-profits, campuses, and other organizations use behavioral science to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their initiatives. While Lauren’s environmental topical interests are broad, she believes this lends itself perfectly to her role at Root Solutions, as expertise in human behavior and effective communication are needed across the issue and organizational spectrum.


“This workshop taught me so much more than I ever hoped for! I am so excited to apply this incredible new knowledge to all my programs and interactions!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!”

Nia Carrico-Diener
Save Our Shores

“I feel like anyone working in environmental program design and implementation should receive this training, especially if they have a goal of changing peoples’ behavior. The training was interesting, engaging, and relevant; we came out of it with specific steps we can take to improve our programming to make it more relevant and effective.”​

Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
Julia Hatton
Director of Youth Programs Rising Sun Energy Center

“This work actually gets at a process for lasting, sustainable solutions to environmental problems, and can be applied to virtually any issue or topic. These solutions/interventions are personal and direct and are therefore more effective. Decision science is the mechanism for bringing together often polarized issues and creating life-long change to better our world and strengthen human-to-human connection!"

Kate Bimrose
Greater Farallones Association

“A great workshop for those who work in community organizing and/or engagement! The building blocks presented in the Root Solutions workshop are great tools to help you design an engagement project that targets any obstacles you might face and provides you with the tools to overcome that obstacle. Great information, great presenters, and an overall great experience! I think anybody who works in sustainability and/or environmental departments in their city or county would benefit from attending this workshop!"

Jacenda Davis
Community Engagement Coordinator, Sustainable Contra Costa County

"As a Sustainability Coordinator in higher education I oversee a myriad of programs and projects. I try to apply behavior change principles to these efforts but I do not always have the time, staff or resources. I have been fortunate to attend in person and web-based trainings with Root Solutions for a project I am working on. I have benefited greatly from the relevant research, engaging and interactive presentations and the supportive training. I have been provided with resources, encouragement and coaching to help make my latest project seem less daunting. I would highly recommend Root Solutions workshops for professionals that are novice or experienced in behavior change strategies."

Portland Community College
Elaine Cole, PhD
Sustainability Coordinator, Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus

"The Root Solutions Behavior Design Workshop is the best conference I’ve been to! The Root Solutions Behavior Design Workshop was extremely informative for addressing a milieu of questions - effectively empowering all non-profit representatives in attendance with the proven calculated methods to affect meaningful change by reaching all audiences."

Nan Farley
350 Bay Area

“[The workshop] covers much of the science behind an articulate and well-rounded framework in ways that those doing work in conservation behavior can readily apply.”

Katie Abrams
Associate Professor of Science Communication, Colorado State University

“If you are wondering how the latest social science can be applied to help you better target and persuade your target audience, the Root Solutions workshop is a must. Nya and Lauren have done the hard work for you, reviewing and mastering the essential findings, and presenting them succinctly and convincingly in a well-crafted and effective workshop. I recommend this without reservation.”

Brett Walter
President, Greensweep

"I feel lucky to have attended Root Solution's Behavior Change training! Even though we only had three hours to get through an enormous amount of information, Lauren and Nya were able to perfectly summarize their knowledge. Their presentations were well organized, understandable, and engaging. They offered ideas and tactics that were immediately implementable. This presentation was absolutely the highlight of a jam-packed 4-day conference. Keep up the fantastic work!"

Luther College
Toby C.
Attendee of our October 2018 AASHE Conference workshop

“Root Solutions gave me hope that my small organization can amplify our voice and make change in our community -- I learned specific techniques and received tangible tools to improve our campaign messaging and achieve real behavioral outcomes.”

Greg Ellis
Growth Officer, One Cool Earth

“This training provides incredibly useful information about designing an effective and long-lasting project aiming to change behavior. You are educated on a vast amount of tools that can be used in pretty much any setting. I will regularly reference my notes from this training and Root Solutions as a whole to help me create successful projects around environmental issues.”

Jamie Smith
Clean Water Action
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Root Solutions doesn’t just deliver trainings – we combine our expertise and innovative behavior design framework to help partners and clients with projects. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact us.