Published On: 11/24/2015

Is Mining Broken?

SME-chaired international panel addresses engineers role in sustainable development

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) co-sponsored the 7th Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI) conference July 12-15, 2015, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The objective of the conference is to utilize the scientific, technical, educational and research potential of the mineral extraction community to contribute to a sustainable future.

SME’s 2013 President Jessica Kogel, chair of the World Federation of Engineering Organization’s (WFEO) Task Force on Mining and Sustainability, moderated a panel discussion on the contribution of engineering to sustainable mining practices. The goal of the interactive session, “Is Mining Broken? Social, Economic and Environmental Challenges and Engineering Solutions,” was to examine some of the key social, economic and environmental challenges that the mining industry faces, along with identifying engineering solutions to address these challenges.

The SDIMI conference series brings together mineral professionals, engineers, government officials, researchers, technical experts and representatives from non-governmental organizations annually to evaluate the challenges of creating and implementing sustainable practices in the mineral extraction industry.

SME’s 2015 President J. Steven Gardner participated on the panel along with Dr. Priscilla Nelson, Chair of the Mining Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines; Dr. Elaine Dorward-King, Executive VP of Sustainability and External Relations at Newmont Mining; Bryan Cox, VP of Corporate Affairs at the Mining Association of British Columbia; Dr. Jüergen Kretschmann, President of TFH Georg Agricola University of Applied Sciences; and Darrel Danyluk, WFEO VP from Engineers Canada.

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

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