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James Gustave Speth

James Gustave "Gus" Speth is the former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, founder and president of the World Resources Institute, and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He has also been administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, chair of the U.N. Development Group, professor of law at Georgetown University, and chair of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality in the Carter administration.

He currently teaches at Vermont Law School, and is a senior fellow at the Democracy Collaborative where he is co-chair of the Next System Project. He is also distinguished senior fellow with Demos, associate fellow with the Tellus Insitute, and the recipient of numerous environmental awards. His previous books include America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy, and the award-winning The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability and Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment.

    James Gustave's Upcoming Events

    • Gus Speth at the Norwich Bookstore
      Norwich Square, 291 Main Street, Norwich VT
      October 22, 2014, 7:00 pm

      Gus will speak about his new memoir, Angels by the River, at the Norwich Bookstore on Wednesday, October 22 @ 7pm. An opportunity for Q&A will follow the talk. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

    • Gus Speth at Yale Law School Lunch
      Yale Law School, room TBD, New Haven CT
      October 27, 2014, 12:15 pm

      Gus Speth will speak with a small group of students from the Yale Environmental Law Association on October 27 at 12:15-1:00 PM.

    • Gus Speth at Yale University
      Yale University, New Haven CT
      October 27, 2014, 4:00 pm

      Gus Speth will participate in a Master's Tea at Yale University on October 27. Gus' new book, "Angels by the River," will be available for sale and signing at the event.

    • Gus Speth at Yale Law School Library Lecture Series
      Yale Law School, room TBD, New Haven CT
      October 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

      Gus Speth will participate in the Yale Law School Library's Lecutre Series on October 27th at 6:00 PM.

    • Gus Speth at Institute for Policy Studies
      1112 16th St NW #600, , Washington, DC 20036
      October 30, 2014, 4:00 pm

      The Institute for Policy Studies, with Democracy Collaborative, will host a book launch party for Gus at the IPS offices on October 30 at 4 PM. Books will be available for sale and signing.

    • Gus Speth at Thomas Berry Award Ceremony
      Yale Divinity School, Yale University, New Haven CT
      November 8, 2014, 5:00 pm

    James Gustave's Books

    Angels by the River

    A Memoir

    In Angels by the River, James Gustave “Gus” Speth recounts his unlikely path from a southern boyhood through his years as one of the nation’s most influential mainstream environmentalists and eventually to the system-changing activism that shapes his current work. Born and raised in an idyllic but racially divided town that later became the scene of South Carolina’s horrific Orangeburg Massacre, Speth explores how the civil rights movement and the South’s agrarian roots shaped his later work in the heyday of the environmental movement.


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