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Release: April 7, 1999

UI alumnus to lecture on environmental movement April 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kevin Doyle, national director of program development at the Environmental Careers Organization (ECO), will deliver a free, public lecture, "Conscience, Imagination, Leadership and Hope: Building An Environmental Movement for the 21st Century,"12:30-1:20 p.m. Monday, April 12 in Room 100, Phillips Hall.

Doyle, a native of Fairfield, received his bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Iowa in 1980. He will be on campus to participate in an April 13 ceremony in which he will be one of six alumni inducted into the inaugural class of the UI College of Liberal Arts Alumni Fellows.

In his current position, Doyle helps lead an organization that has placed more than 7,000 college graduates, postgraduates, and retired senior citizens in environmental internships ranging from three to 24 months at hundreds of sponsoring employers during its 27-year existence.

Founded in 1972 with a small grant from the Massachusetts Audubon Society, ECO is a non-profit organization committed to protecting and enhancing the environment by developing dedicated professionals, promoting careers, and inspiring individual action. ECO's staff of 30-35 individuals works through regional offices in California, Seattle, Cleveland and Boston on an annual budget of about $12 million. Each philanthropic dollar raised by ECO is matched four to one by earned service fees, making it one of the premier organizations of its kind in the nation.

During his 15-year career with ECO, Doyle has led the development of an environmental internship program with federal government agencies that each year places a culturally diverse group of hundreds of scientific, engineering, education and policy development interns at the Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, Geological Survey, Department of Energy and Bureau of Land Management. In 1998 he was coauthor of "The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century," (Island Press). Doyle has frequently returned to the UI department of geography to present guest lectures and to collaborate with faculty on research projects.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact the department of geography in advance at 319-335-0151.