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Environmental leader to speak on "America the possible," Nov. 12

November 7, 2012

Author and environmental law expert Gus Speth will describe his vision of a more economically and environmentally sustainable future next week at UW-Madison.

Gus Speth

Speth's lecture, "America the Possible: Last Chance to Get It Right,” will take place on Monday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the DeLuca Forum of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard St. The event is free and open to the public.

Speth will discuss his latest book, America the Possible: A Manifesto, the third book in his award-winning American Crisis series. Published by Yale Press in September, the book “looks unsparingly at the sea of troubles in which the United States now finds itself, charts a course through the discouragement and despair commonly felt today, and envisions what he calls America the Possible, an attractive and plausible future that we can still realize,” according to the publisher’s description.

Speth is a professor at the Vermont Law School and the former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He has also served as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group; founder and president of the World Resources Institute; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality in the Carter Administration; and senior attorney and cofounder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

He is the author, co-author or editor of seven books including 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.

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