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Mansfield PECC Montana
Many PECC economies depend upon revenue from natural resource utilization. This includes a wide range of primary and secondary industries involving forestry, mining, and oil and gas development. Natural resource extraction and the value of these commodities can represent significant percentages of GDPs. However, growing concern over climate change, biodiversity, and human health impacts has resulted in an increasingly complex set of domestic and international government regulations, interventions, and analyses concerned with enforcing sustainable environmental policy.

In response to this web of rules, regulations, laws and emerging international treaties, many companies have begun investing in a range of innovative approaches to achieving sustainability objectives while growing their respective financial bottom-lines. As necessity is often the mother of invention, international leaders in forestry, mining and oil and gas industries are utilizing technological innovation, advances in data science, and practical solutions to achieve competitive positioning. These investments have at least three main features: 1) a realization it is often in the best interest of the industry to be proactive in relationship to sustainability goals; 2) developing a long-term strategic goal of optimizing profit with sustainability metrics can be financially beneficial across the entire value chain; and 3) an increasing realization by primary resource industries that the global consumer voice and buying power is playing an increasing role in commodity value-add utilization and consumption; ignoring potential brand devaluation by global, multinational consumer activism carries increasing risk.

Given these dynamic factors, the first seminar will bring together government, research, business and technology leaders who are pioneering innovative solutions to achieve economic performance within regional, national, and international sustainability policy frameworks. This expert group will share their ideologies, best practices, and experiences on achieving economic objectives within the context of an increasingly challenging global regulatory framework. Specifically, this group will address circular economic capacity in the context of their respective industries and the reality of achieving sustainability goals.

This group will explore these topics against active international conversations, negotiations, and endorsements of the 2016 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This important milestone set into motion of range of sustainability goals and objectives that impact global economic – ecological systems and the inhabitants of these interconnected systems. Seminar participants will be challenged to analyze, discuss and share real-world examples of circular economic features that meet or exceed Paris Agreement goals and process improvements. This discussion will be conducted with the shared realization that increased dialogue, discussion, and proactive measures will be indispensable to achieve these goals.

This first seminar will be organized in Bozeman, Montana (United States) jointly with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana on September 20-23, 2017.

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Discussion Forum

The Linkage between Services and Manufacturing in the US economy
Sherry M. Stephenson, Senior Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development


 Digital DNA: Disruption and the Challenges for Global Governance
Peter F. Cowhey (University of California, San Diego), 
Jonathan D. Aronson (University of Southern California)


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Pamela Mar, Director of Sustainability, Fung Academy | Fung Group


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Pamela Mar, Director of Sustainability, Fung Academy | Fung Group


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