Sustainable Summits: The International Mountain Conference on Environmental Practices
The American Alpine Club and Denali National Park and Preserve are hosting a summit of land managers, climbers, planners and scientists representing the world’s mountainous regions. The conference focus is to shape and share environmentally sustainable solutions in mountain areas along with developing global partnerships. Sustainable Summits builds on the successful July 2010 AAC-hosted conference "Exit Strategies: Managing Human Waste in the Wild."
Presented by an alliance of mountain recreation and conservation organizations, the conference is open to all interested individuals from around the world. To foster connection and collaboration, the conference will have a capacity of 150 attendees
During the conference we will also celebrate 100 years of mountaineering on Denali and showcase some of the
Park's successful and innovative practices.
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"We must continue to persevere, to protect, and restore public lands, provide stewardship of the places that inspire us and guarantee responsible access to public lands and water."
- Peter Metcalf, CEO/President of Black Diamond Equipment
Photo courtesy Menno Boermans.
"The world's mountains deserve our ultimate respect and care.
Sustainable Summits is our way of ensuring tomorrow's climbers learn new
techniques, utilize the latest systems and we'll leave these mountain
places preserved and protected for future generations. "
— Garry Oye, Chief of Wilderness Stewardship, US National Park Service.
SUSTAINABLE SUMMITS CONFERENCE PROGRAM: SCHEDULE AND MAIN TRACKS
• A Celebration of Denali: A Century of Climbing and Leadership. July 20, Sunday
Opening evening reception at the American Mountaineering Center.
• Sustainable Practices and Solutions: Education and field-tested practice for land managers and users. July 21, Monday
In a fast changing environment, including climate change impacts, we need solid research and actions for the long term. We will build on what works…and be willing to seek out and adopt new ideas for capacity, ecosystem management, and backcountry access.
• Planning and Access: Can you get it right from the get-go? July 22, Tuesday
Getting it right from the start often involves many stakeholders including property owners, guides and local indigenous peoples. We will tackle this complex issue since planning is a necessary step for long term backcountry management and is a precursor to implementation. We will review case studies of successful planning – and cover some of the pitfalls.
• Reducing User Impact: The Challenge of Managing all types of Waste. July 23, Wednesday
We need new research and effective, long lasting solutions to this high impact, universal problem. The conference will showcase the very best practice and research from around the world.
• Field Trip (details TBD) July 24, Thursday
NOTE: Information is current as of September 1,2013. Speakers & content are subject to change without notice
Program Details TO BE POSTED
Time will be allowed for problem solving on all of the above among the experts and audience. In addition, exhibits will display sustainable products that are efficient, lighter, and lower-resource use. Managers and vendors will display products and papers from the presentations.
Registration will open on December 1, 2013.
TO CONTRIBUTE: We are soliciting vendors, speakers and papers. If you wish to be involved, or be placed on a conference news list, please contact the chairpersons, Roger Robinson or Ellen Lapham, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For donations and sponsorships contact Ellen Lapham at email@example.com