A One-of-a-Kind Natural Resources Symposium Focusing on the Interface between Industrial Activities and Natural Resources


The 2015 Symposium will be the tenth such program convened by the Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group (Group) since 1999. Over the years, these Symposia, which are convened approximately every two years, have constituted a unique multi-stakeholder examination of natural resource related policies and practices -- with a strong focus on innovative and cutting-edge approaches. As such, the Symposium is the only continuing national and international forum for the collective review and analysis of these policies and practices, in the US, Europe and elsewhere. 

The 2015 Symposium program will cover a broad set of issues related to the interface between natural resources and industrial activities… manufacturing, transportation by sea and land, offshore activities, mining, oil and gas, utilities, paper and more. Inherent in these diverse activities are a number of management imperatives -- prevention, risk management, liability containment, natural resource assessment and restoration, conservation and more — and some “hot button issues” too: effects on natural resources of natural gas fracking and oil exploration activities, related climate change and carbon footprint implications, biodiversity effects and more. The broad spectrum of public and private sector participants involved in the Symposium are able to address the full gamut of legal, scientific, economic, regulatory and other influences affecting the management of natural resources and associated best practices.



What to Expect at the 2015 Symposium

The first day of the Symposium will take a global perspective, looking at the issues and ever-emerging global synergies and influences of policy and practice. The second day of the program will focus principally on cases, tools, and approaches both within the US and otherwise, pursuant to the identification of common principles and best practices suitable for site-specific practice.

The Symposium will bring together an outstanding collection of speakers -- ranging from government policy makers -- to managers responsible for implementing corporate and government policies -- to attorneys, consultants, academics and other experts working in-the-trenches on natural resource matters. The Symposium will provide a unique forum for presentation, discussion and exchange, aimed at identifying what is needed now and moving forward, to ensure a reasonable, balanced and predictable practice arena for all stakeholders while also facilitating flexibility and innovation.



What You Will Gain from Attending this Symposium

Symposium participants will 

  • Learn how to enhance environmental stewardship while addressing risks, responsibilities and opportunities
  • Gain fresh insights and approaches to managing natural resource liability issues worldwide
  • Understand how the interface between industrial activities (including manufacturing; energy exploration, use and production; minerals mining and production; transportation by land and sea; and more) and natural resources is changing real time and how companies   can proactively prepare for and manage competing demands
  • Hear from high level policymakers, managers and hands on practitioners
  • Have the opportunity to dialogue with diverse representatives from industry, government, law firms, consulting firms, research   and conservation organizations, universities, think tanks and other entities interested in natural resource policies and practices
  • Take away lessons learned and creative and outside the box approaches that can be applied to site-specific and/or corporate-wide needs
  • And much, much more 


Who Will Benefit from Participation

The Symposium is open to all parties and we invite participation by the wide spectrum of stakeholder groups engaged in natural resource liability, management and allied matters, such as emergency response, remediation, restoration, biodiversity, corporate environmental stewardship, sustainability and more. Symposium participants will represent a variety of disciplines interfacing with the natural resource liability and restoration practice field, including law, science, economics, statistics, decision analysis, engineering and more.

Among the persons who will find this program of interest are those with responsibilities for legal, technical, policy, public and regulatory affairs, risk management and financial issues in industrial companies; key government staff at the political appointee, managerial and on the ground levels; key congressional and executive branch members and staff; representatives of think tanks, conservation and research organizations; University professors and students; attorneys, scientists, economists and other specialists working with industry and government on natural resource liability, restoration, optimization and related issues.



Obtain CLE Credit

We are proud that the following States have repeatedly provided CLE credit for our Symposia: Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Kansas, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Virginia. We are pleased to register the Symposium program for credit in other states upon request. If you would like us to apply for CLE credit in a specific State, indicate this on your registration form or contact us at Symposium@nrdonline.org.