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Eric Roston and James Gustave Speth

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 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]

Speth has been a leader or participant in many other task forces and committees aimed at combatting 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.

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

Articles

  • Beyond Reform
  • America the Possible: A Manifesto, Part [1] From decline to rebirth, Part [2] A new politics for a new dream

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Resources Institute Biosketch of James Gustave Speth. Accessed 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. 
  4. ^ "Sir Peter Crane Appointed Dean of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies". Yale daily News. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2011-08-24. [dead link]

New book: America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy

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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Publishers Weekly
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:48:45 -0800

James Gustave Speth, author of Angels by the River (Chelsea Green Publishing, 9781603585859), will appear on NPR's Science Friday on Friday, November 14. Daniel P. Bolger, author of Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan ...
 
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 ...
 
Between The Lines
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:50:38 -0800

James Gustave "Gus" Speth has been called the ultimate environmental insider for his founding roles in the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Resources Institute, his chairing of the Council on Environmental Quality under President Jimmy ...
 
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 ...
 
OpEdNews
Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:42:58 -0700

We listen to the pundits of the various news stations: CNN, Fox, MSNBC while reading our newspapers filled with advertisers of for-profit corporations that mesmerize people into buying everything in sight. And, in the meantime, we hear our politicians ...
 
Science Friday
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:01:24 -0700

How will the midterm election results, climate change "debate," and trends in renewable energy affect the 2016 election? Where Do We Go From Here? Environmentalism, at a Crossroads. An excerpt from James Gustave Speth's memoir Angels by the River.
 
AlterNet
Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:01:55 -0800

The data is piling up to confirm that we're Number One, but in exactly the way we don't want to be—at the bottom. Where did we go wrong and what can we do about it? 208 COMMENTS 208 COMMENTS ...
 
New York Times
Wed, 14 May 2014 14:56:15 -0700

To the Editor: Re “Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans From Polar Melt” (front page, May 13): Compounding the tragedy of the collapsing West Antarctic ice sheet is the fact that the possibility was foreseen more than three decades ago. It was, for example ...
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