George Coling (ENACT Steering Committee)
George Coling was a first-year graduate student in the School of Public Health in the fall of 1969 when he joined the ENACT Teach-In steering committee. He had finished his undergraduate degree earlier that year at the University of Rochester, where he participated in anti-Vietnam War activism. Coling organized several events during the ENACT Teach-In, including the Environmental Scream-Out, and worked with African American students to establish the support group Blacks for the Environment. After the U-M teach-in, he helped start the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor and then, instead of completing his graduate program, moved to Washington to coordinate the campaign to set up local ecology centers nationwide. He later worked for the union-affiliated Urban Environmental Conference and many other environmental organizations during a long career in activism and public policy.
Interview of George Coling (in Worthington, Massachusetts) by Amanda Hampton and Matt Lassiter (in Ann Arbor, Michigan), December 7, 2017