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James Gustave Speth
Eric Roston and James Gustave Speth (2896590571).jpg
Eric Roston and James Gustave Speth
Born (1942-03-04) March 4, 1942 (age 74)
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Nationality American
Occupation Environmental lawyer and advocate
Known for Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

James Gustave (Gus) Speth (born March 4, 1942) is a United States environmental lawyer and advocate.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1942. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1964, attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and graduated from Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Yale Law Journal, in 1969. He served in 1969 and 1970 as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black.

Speth was a co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he served as senior attorney from 1970 to 1977.

He served from 1977 to 1981, as a Member and then for two years as Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality in the Executive Office of the President. As Jimmy Carter's Council on Environmental Quality Chairman, he was a principal adviser on matters affecting the environment and had overall responsibility for developing and coordinating the President's environmental program. In 1981 and 1982 he was Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching environmental and constitutional law.

In 1982, he founded the World Resources Institute,[1] a Washington, D.C.-based environmental think tank; served as its president until January 1993. He was a senior adviser to President-elect Bill Clinton's transition team, heading the group that examined the U.S.'s role in natural resources, energy and the environment.

In 1991, he chaired a U.S. task force on international development and environmental security which produced the report Partnership for Sustainable Development: A New U.S. Agenda.

In 1990 he led the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development which produced the report Compact for a New World.

From 1993 to 1999, he served as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme; he served as Special Coordinator for Economic and Social Affairs under Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, piloted the United Nations Development Assistance Plan and also served as Chair of the United Nations Development Group.[2]

In 1999, he became the dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. He served the school as the Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean and Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor in the Practice of Environmental Policy when he retired from Yale in 2009 to assume a professorship at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont.[3] Speth was succeeded as Dean at Yale by Sir Peter Crane.[4]

In 2014 he published his memoir Angels by the River. In that year he was also board member of the New Economy Coalition.[5]

Environment work[edit]

Speth has been a leader or participant in many task forces and committees aimed at combating environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

Among his awards are the National Wildlife Federation’s Resources Defense Award, the Natural Resources Council of America’s Barbara Swain Award of Honor, a 1997 Special Recognition Award from the Society for International Development, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Environmental Law Institute, and the Blue Planet Prize. He holds honorary degrees from Clark University, the College of the Atlantic, Vermont Law School, and Middlebury College.

Publications[edit]

Books[edit]

Articles[edit]

  • Beyond Reform Our Planet Magazine PDF
  • America the Possible: A Manifesto, From decline to rebirth link
  • America the Possible: A Manifesto, A new politics for a new dream link

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Resources Institute Biosketch of James Gustave Speth. Reuters. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  2. ^ "Who we are & What we do". United Nations Development Programme. 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  3. ^ "F&ES unearths new dean". Yale Daily News. Archived from the original on 2009-03-08. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  4. ^ "Sir Peter Crane Appointed Dean of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies". Yale Daily News. 2009-03-04. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  5. ^ "About the Author". Retrieved 8 February 2015. 

External links[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Charles Warren
Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality
1979–1981
Succeeded by
Alan Hill
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William Henry Draper III
Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
1993–1999
Succeeded by
Mark Malloch Brown

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687 news items

 
The Nation.
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 02:10:41 -0700

But first the two movements will have to rediscover their shared roots in a fundamental critique of an economy and a society that value things more than lives. By James Gustave Speth and J. Phillip Thompson III. April 14, 2016. Facebook; Twitter; Email ...
 
Seeking Alpha
Tue, 23 Oct 2012 08:42:20 -0700

Author James Gustave Speth is one of the most prominent, knowledgeable, global environmentalists of our time. A quintessential insider, Speth began as an anti-nuclear activist in the 1970s and later chaired President Jimmy Carter's Council on ...
 
Yale Environment 360
Tue, 31 May 2011 05:41:50 -0700

The idea of economic growth as an unquestioned force for good is ingrained in the American psyche. But a longtime environmental leader argues it's time for the U.S. to reinvent its economy into one that focuses on sustaining communities, family life ...
 
AlterNet
Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:01:55 -0800

James Gustave Speth teaches at Vermont Law School. He is an American environmental lawyer, advocate, and author. His article in this issue, the first of a two-part series, is based on his forthcoming book from Yale University Press, America the ...

The Nation.

The Nation.
Wed, 09 Mar 2016 10:40:24 -0800

The complaint accuses the government of infringing on “the fundamental right of citizens to be free from government actions that harm life, liberty, and property” by “approving and promoting fossil fuel development.” ...

The Nation.

The Nation.
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:59:56 -0700

Apr 14, 2016. A Radical Alliance of Black and Green Could Save the World By James Gustave Speth and J. Phillip Thompson III. Apr 12, 2016. From Wisconsin to Washington, Americans Are Demanding an Amendment to Overturn 'Citizens United' By John ...

The Nation.

The Nation.
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:05:25 -0800

A Radical Alliance of Black and Green Could Save the World By James Gustave Speth and J. Phillip Thompson III. Apr 12, 2016. Can Markets Solve Climate Change? This Democratic Socialist Thinks So. By Mark Paul, Anders Fremstad and James K. Boyce.

The Nation.

The Nation.
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:50:32 -0800

By Zoë Carpenter. Apr 14, 2016. A Radical Alliance of Black and Green Could Save the World By James Gustave Speth and J. Phillip Thompson III. Mar 11, 2016. The Pediatrician Who Helped Uncover the Dangers of Lead Has Some Advice for Flint By Ava ...
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