John “Jeff” R. Cook ’70 has been concerned about the environment since his college years and almost immediately after graduation, founded the Environmental Intern Program (E.I.P.) under the sponsorship of The Audubon Society. He has remained with the program as it has evolved as The Environmental Careers Organization (ECO). Now national organization, ECO places environmentalists in internship positions in industry, state agencies and private non-profit groups and provides career information to over 50,000 people each year. Mr. Cook also is a charter member and on the board of directors of Partners for Livable Places. Among the organizations honoring his work are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts and St. Lawrence University, which gave him an Alumni Citation in 1991, and in 1996, elected him to its Athletic Hall of Fame for his excellence in football and lacrosse.
John R. Cook '70
2005 Honorary Degree Recipient