Throughout his career, Professor Speth has provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been 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 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. He holds honorary degrees from Clark University, College of the Atlantic, Vermont Law School, Middlebury College, and the University of South Carolina. He is the author, co-author or editor of six 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."
"The Plight of the Poor," Foreign Affairs, Volume 78, No. 3, May/June 1999
"A New U.S. Program for International Development and the Global Environment," The American Oxonian, Vol. LXXIX, No. 1, 1992
"Environmental Pollution: High and Rising," in Peter Borrelli ed., Crossroads: Environmental Priorities for the Future (Washington, DC: Island Press, 2008), pg. 171
"The United Nations and International Development: Forging a New Post Cold War Role," Foundation Day Lecture, Tata Energy Research Institute, Feb. 3, 1994
Awards & Accomplishments
Awards, Honors or Grants
A "Best Book" of the Year, Washington Post Book World, 2008 (for The Bridge at the Edge of the World)
DeVane Lecturer, Yale University, 2007.
Global Environmental Award, International Association for Impact Assessment, 2005.
Blue Planet Prize, 2002
Grand Cordon du Wissam Alaouite of Morocco. 1999
Barbara Swain Award. National Resources Council of America. 1992
Global 500 Roll of Honour, UN Environment Programme, 1988.
Director, Climate Reality Project
Honorary Trustee, Natural Resources Defense Council
Director, Institute for Sustainable Communities
- Vermont Natural Resources Council
- Southern Environmental Law Center
- EcoAmerica, 350.org
- Labor Network for Sustainability
- Heinz Center
- Vermont Institute for Natural Science
- United Republic/RepresentUS
- Democracy Collaborative Next System Project
Director, Center for a New American Dream
Director, New Economics Institute