Live Q&A: Sustainable Metalsmithing Practice (FREE!)

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Live Q&A: Sustainable Metalsmithing Practice (FREE!)

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Live Q&A: Sustainable Metalsmithing Practice with Sarah duPont, Rachael Eplee, Susan Keane, and Christina Miller
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 4:30pm Eastern

This event is FREE thanks to support from the John & Robyn Horn Foundation. (During checkout you do not need to enter your credit card details unless you are purchasing additional items.)

Do you know where your gold comes from? Join the Amazon Aid Foundation and industry experts for a discussion on how metalsmiths can create a sustainable future for our craft. Four expert panelists will discuss the environmental costs of illegal mining and the socioeconomic, political and artistic dilemmas they present. Most of all, the conversation will focus on educational resources and how sustainable studio practice is good for both business and the earth. Join the webinar ready to ask questions and express your point of view on the future of natural resources, climate change and educating the next generation of metalsmiths.

Sarah duPont is an award-winning humanitarian, educator, and filmmaker and is the President and Founder of the Amazon Aid Foundation. Sarah is a producer and co-director of the award winning film River of Gold, and has over 25 years of experience in conservation and humanitarian aid. In 2009, Sarah founded the Amazon Aid Foundation, focused on producing creative multimedia projects to  bring attention to the urgent threats facing the Amazon Rainforest. She is an active voice locally in her hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, and around the world, having screened films in 6 continents. Sarah has been the recipient of many awards including the Worldwide Children’s Foundation of New York’s Humanitarian Award, the Hawaii International Film Festival’s Humanitarian Award, and the Pongo Award.

Rachael Eplee is Amazon Aid Foundation’s Outreach and Education Coordinator, and Project Producer for the River of Gold Documentary. She has spent her early career working in conservation and environmental education in Latin America, and takes specific interest in the socioeconomic implications of conservation. In the fall Rachael will begin a Master’s program in Development Practice at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Susan Egan Keane is the Senior Director of Global Advocacy in NRDC’s International Program. Susan is a public health specialist with over 30 years of experience working on domestic and international environmental health issues. Her work experience includes control of toxic chemicals, air pollution regulation, pesticides management, and water quality standards. Internationally, Susan is a known advocate for reducing global mercury pollution, particularly in artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Susan was a part of negotiations at the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and now works with the UN on putting the Convention into action. Additionally, she has worked with the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), and is a leader in the United Nations Environment Program Global Mercury Partnership. Susan holds a Master’s degree in environmental health management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Christina T. Miller, an independent sustainable jewelry consultant, provides strategy, guidance, and impact measurement to help jewelers make lives better around the world. Miller is co-founder and former executive director of Ethical Metalsmiths (EM), a not-for-profit organization founded in 2004 that strives to increase responsible practices in the jewelry industry through education. In 2013 EM successfully introduced FAIRMINED gold to the US in collaboration with 23 independent jewelers and refiner, Hoover & Strong. From 2006 – 2010 Miller was the assistant professor of jewelry and metalsmithing at Millersville University. She holds a BFA from Millersville University and an MFA from East Carolina University.

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