Lynton Keith Caldwell

Lynton Keith Caldwell

An Environmental Visionary and the National Environmental Policy Act
Wendy Read Wertz
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Format: Hardback 32 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-01030-8
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This is the story of a visionary leader, Lynton Keith Caldwell, who in the early 1960s introduced the study of the environment and environmental policy at a time when such areas of expertise did not exist. Caldwellwas a principal architect of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 andis recognized as the "inventor" of the Act's important environmental impact statement provisions, now emulated around the world. For the next three decades, Caldwell played a leading role in establishing ethics-based environmental policy and administration as major areas of inquiry in the United States and around the world. Through his tireless global travels, writing, and lectures, and his work with the US Senate, the IUCN, UN, and UNESCO, Caldwell became recognized for his contributions to environmental ethics and the development of strong environmental planning and policy. This engrossing biography is based on interviews the author conducted with Caldwell and on unrestricted access to his memorabilia, photos, and records.

Author Bio

Wendy Read Wertz has a degree in History and Environmental Studies from Indiana University where she met Caldwell and was captivated by his work and writings. Additionally, she has published several articles on Caldwell.


“The engrossing biography of a visionary leader who introduced the study of the environment and environmental policy, and was a principal architect of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Caldwell was also a major founding spirit of Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.”

“Keith Caldwell's writings . . . have been vital contributions both to the academic literature and to public discourse . . . inspiring an entire generation with their articulate vision of what a sustainable society in harmony with nature’s forces and constraints would require.”
 — Richard N. L. ("Pete") Andrews, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Wertz has given a signal service in providing the field with a resource through which we can learn about this remarkable scholar. Her coverage of the NEPA, often regarded as the 'Magna Carta' of U.S. environmental policy, is deeply insightful . . . The field of environmental policy is richer for this addition.”
 — H-Net Reviews

“[T]his is a solid overview of both Caldwell’s contributions and the development of the environmental movement in the US; it will interest readers in the fields of environmental policy, environmental history, and environmental studies. . . . Recommended. ”
 — Choice

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