Areas of Interest:
Cultural and linguistic influences on environmental perception
Bill Eddy taught in the Environmental Program at the University of Vermont from 1977 through 1998. Prior to that he held positions with the New York Zoological Society, the Conservation Foundation, and the African Wildlife Foundation. Over the past 40 years he made over 25 trips to East Africa where he began work in the early 1960's as Director of Education for the Tanzania National Parks. There he developed one of the first public awareness programs in Africa devoted to the conservation of wildlife. Subsequently he was asked to develop similar programs for the national parks of Kenya and Uganda. Between 1982 and 1986 he worked with the Rendille tribe, a remote group of camel-raising nomads living in the northern desert of Kenya, to develop culturally appropriate ways to help them understand their own role in the spread of desert.
It was in the course of such work that he became interested in the role which language and culture play in shaping peoples' perception of their environment. As a film maker he produced several Swahili language documentaries on wildlife conservation which have been seen by literally millions of viewers throughout East Africa. His work with the International Division of the U.S. National Park Service involved him in many projects covering a wide range of environmental concerns in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. He helped developed educational programs for rural Nepalis who visit the Kathmandu Zoo. Peace Corps invited him to help them develop programs to increase environmental awareness and understanding in a number of African, Central American and Caribbean countries, and to design training programs for Peace Corps volunteers to help them to "see" their own environmental biases before they began working with other cultures. He advised students, who, after their college graduation, considered Peace Corps.
Bill Eddy's teaching deeply touched many hearts and minds of over 22 years of ENVS students.
Remembering Bill Eddy, an essay in the Caledonian Record on June 4, 2016, written by Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven
Bill Eddy's Obituary in the Caledonian Record on May 16, 2016
- Ph.D, University of Vermont (Honorary) 1993
- B.A. English and Philosophy, Williams College, 1949
- New York Zoological Society
- The Conservation Foundation
- The African Wildlife Foundation
- Director of Education for the Tanzania National Parks
- International Division of the U.S. National Park Service
- Peace Corps
- Kathmandu Zoo
- Ford Foundation
- President, Environ Concerns Intl., Inc.
- Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury, VT