Reclaiming the Sierra

Multiple Benefits Track

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 11:00 am – 4:20 pm

Track Moderator: Liz Mansfield, Sierra Water Work Group

As part of this track, conference participants evaluated the opportunities and challenges associated with creating a market for gold that is sourced from environmentally sound, economically viable and ethically managed (E3) legacy mine remediation activities. The track considered standards for a new gold product that will allow jewelers, the electronics industry, and other consumers an option to purchase gold that resulted in a net reduction of mercury and other legacy pollution in the environment.

Click here to read the issue papers developed by The Sierra Fund to frame each of the four conference tracks.


Workshop 1: Multiple Benefits of Sediment Removal from Reservoirs

Workshop Sponsor:  Forsgren Associates
11:00 am – 12:15 pm

  • Toby Minear, US Geological Survey
  • Ajay Goyal, Chief, Statewide Infrastructure Investigations Branch, Department of Water Resources
  • Alberto Ramirez, Teichert Materials


Workshop 2: Definition of E3 Gold Standards

1:20 pm – 2:25 pm

  • Sherri Norris, Executive Director, California Indian Environmental Alliance
  • Greg Valerio, international fair trade jewelry activist
  • Jennifer Krill, Executive Director, Earthworks
  • Amy Crook, Executive Director, Fair Mining Collaborative


Workshop 3: E3 Gold Market Analysis and Early Development

2:40 pm – 4:20 pm

  • Marc Choyt, Fair Jewelry Action
  • Martin Taber, Ethical Metalsmiths
  • Alberto Ramirez, Teichert Materials