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Noted Environmental Leader, Scholar Gus Speth to Join Faculty at Vermont Law School

February 27, 2009

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Noted environmental leader and scholar Gus Speth will be joining the Vermont Law School faculty in 2010.

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT - Vermont Law School, known for its top-ranked environmental law program, is pleased to announce that James Gustave Speth, currently dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will be joining its faculty as of July 1, 2010.

Speth has served as dean and professor at Yale since 1999. Prior to his time at Yale, he served as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group. Earlier, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality; and senior attorney and cofounder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Throughout his career, Dean Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees working to combat 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 Special Recognition Award from the Society for International Development; the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Environmental Law Institute; and the Blue Planet Prize. His publications include The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability; Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment; Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment; Global Environmental Governance, and articles in Foreign Affairs; Environmental Science and Technology; Columbia Journal World of Business, and other journals and books.

"Gus Speth is among a small number of thought leaders on international environmental law and policy. He will be extraordinarily valuable to Vermont Law School as we work to further strengthen both our policy work and our academic program," said VLS President and Dean Jeff Shields. "Gus has been an extraordinary teacher, scholar and leader on environmental matters for 40 years. I am confident that his very best work will come over the next decade at Vermont Law School."

Speth said he was excited to be joining the VLS faculty.

"This is a wonderful opportunity. The school is now a leading international center for the study and teaching of environmental law, with a great faculty and great students. I'm looking forward to teaching, writing, and pursuing some ideas from my previous books during my time at VLS, and I commend Dean Shields for the outstanding leadership he is providing."

Speth and his wife, Cameron, will reside in Strafford, Vermont.

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