Sustainability in America Topic of Natural Resources Talk

James Gustave SpethJames Gustave Speth discussed his new book, America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy, at 4 p.m. on Nov. 14 in Room 2402 at the University of New Mexico School of Law. His presentation, part of the 2012 Natural Resources Speaker Series, was free and open to the public.

In the book, the third volume of his American Crisis series, Speth proposes changes needed to move toward a new political economy, one that is sustainable. He goes on to present a vision of political, social and economic life in a renewed America.

Speth is a member of the faculty at the Vermont Law School. Previously, he served as dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for 10 years. In the 1990s, he was administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the U.N. Development Group. Prior to his service at the U.N., he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute, professor of law at Georgetown University, chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality in the Carter administration and senior attorney and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy will be on sale in the Forum before and after his talk. Speth will be on hand to sign copies at 3:30 p.m. and after his presentation.

The presentation has been approved by the New Mexico MCLE Board for 1.0 hours of General CLE credit.

The presentation was sponsored by the Natural Resources Program at the UNM School of Law, the Utton Transboundary Resources Center and the Environmental Law Society.

For more information, please contact Kendall Alexander at 505.277.3253 or

View a video recording of the lecture here.

October 29, 2012