Environment, mineral resources, economy, industry, influence, leadership, Montana Tech
Presentation by Leigh W. Freeman. Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring published in 1962 marked the birth of concepts leading to the development of mineral resources with a balance of economic, environmental and social imperatives. Montana plays a special role in this story. It is 'the last best place.' As such it can serve as a bell-weather state for Carson's revelations. Consider: Butte as a poster child for legacy problems resulting from resource development under solely economic imperatives; and Montana as a first-adapter in 1971 of state environmental laws based on imperatives heralded with Silent Spring. What better place is there to educate and develop leaders and incubate the future of resource development in global sustainability?
Freeman, Leigh W., "Shaping a Bright Future for Montana Tech: Developing State, National and Global Leaders in Resource Sectors" (2013). Public Lecture Series. 11.