Environmentalist Speth to deliver lecture
One of the country’s leading environmentalists, James “Gus” Speth, will be the guest speaker Thursday, April 1, at the USC School of the Environment’s Distinguished Lecture Series.
Speth, who has spent his life working to combat environmental degradation, will speak about “The Case for a New American Environmentalism.” The event, at 6 p.m. in the USC Law School Auditorium, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the School of the Environment and the School of Law.
Speth received an honorary doctorate from USC in 2008. He spent 10 years as dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and also was the administrator of the United Nations Development Program and chair of the U.N. Development Group. He was the co-founder of the National Resources Defense Council. Throughout his career, Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees, 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.
Speth serves on the boards of the National Resources Defense Council and the World Resources Institute. 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; lifetime achievement awards from the Environmental Law Institute and the League of Conservation Voters; and the Blue Planet Prize.