Mining & Extraction

Speakers cover all aspects of sustainable, green and socially responsible mineral exploration, mine planning and development, mining operations, mineral extraction, site management, mine closure, site reclamation, tailings leachate containment, and abandoned mine clean up.

Environmental Whistleblowers & Whistleblower Protection. When a governmental agency, business, or other organization is hiding environmental misbehavior or negligence, often we depend on whistleblowers to learn the truth and force a change in behavior. These truth-tellers often pay a price, and protecting them is the way we'll get the truth out more often. See Gloria Flora, Linda Ferguson, and Richard Renner.

Natural Land Conservation. There are many important benefits of conserving natural undeveloped land, and there are likewise many organizations using a wide range of strategies, techniques and tools for achieving those benefits. See Bill Birchard, Huey Johnson, Katie Alvord, Gloria Flora, Ann Vileisis, Roger Ballentine, Rick Johnson, and Debbie S. Miller.

River & Lake Protection & Restoration. Rivers and freshwater lakes can be threatened by urban and industrial wastewater discharges, excessive diversion for human use, dams and reservoirs, urban development, riparian and lakeshore development, wetland loss, forestry operations, agricultural runoff, and soil erosion. More >>

Environmental Economics. Our economy is entirely dependent on a healthy and sustainable environment, and a sustainable future means rebuilding and restructuring our economy so that is sits on a foundation of environmental sustainability. See Eban Goodstein, Raj Patel, Michel Gelobter, Yoram Bauman, Gil Friend, Bill Shireman, L. Hunter Lovins, Chris Maser, Quiet Riot, and Kate Troll.

Pollution & Toxics. Discharges to air, water, and land, or exposure via touching or eating, cause or contribute to many health problems. Solutions include pollution prevention, waste minimization, green chemistry, non-toxic building and remodeling materials, non-toxic consumer products, choices and lifestyles, minimizing exposure to toxins everywhere, and hazardous materials safety. More >>

Environmental Health & Safety. Exposure to toxic and hazardous materials in the workplace is an important environmental health concern. Addressing this issue more effectively is beneficial not only for workers but also for the businesses that pay health and workers’ compensation claims. See Jack Giampalmi and Richard MacLean.

Hazardous & Toxic Waste. Industry, agriculture, transportation, construction, and many commercial and residential activities together produce millions of tons of hazardous and toxic by-products, and our poorly designed processes treat these as wastes and often release them to the environment. Many harmful, unhealthy, unsafe, and costly effects ensue. Turning the wastes from one process into the resources for another is nature’s way, and we humans need to learn to do likewise. See Ted Smith, Jeffrey Burke, Wil Burns, Denis Hayes, and Joel Robertson.

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