Ground Rules: Mining Right for a Sustainable Future

As the demand for mined minerals increases, everyone—from students to miners to governments and global corporations—must understand how to work together to meet those needs while protecting the world in which we live.

“Ground Rules: Mining Right for a Sustainable Future” follows the development of new and operating mines as geologists, engineers and mine managers tackle complex problems. The film draws on the experiences and achievements of other mine sites to illustrate creative and core concepts of sustainable development and social responsibility. Embark on a 23-minute tour across almost every continent—to Australia, Canada, Chile, Ghana, Indonesia and the United States—and meet a new generation of passionate and creative people working to bring us the materials, fuels and minerals on which our modern world depends.

“Ground Rules” is the successor to our popular film “Common Ground: Modern Mining and You.” It may be viewed online here and on YouTube, and is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, as well as English with Chinese subtitles. 

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Ground Rules: Lesson Plans for Ages 11-18

Free Lesson Plans for Classroom and Educational Use

Professionally developed lesson plans are available in English and Spanish at no cost. Each lesson plan ties into information presented in the film, and provides learning objectives compatible with mining education curriculums around the world. Topics include Mining, Geology, Minerals and Everyday Life, Mining Processes, and Ore Processing.

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Ground Rules: Available on DVD

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Educators, organizations and members of the mining industry may request copies of the film on DVD at no cost. Click below to a request via e-mail. (Link opens in your default e-mail application.)

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As the demand for mined minerals increases, everyone—from students to miners to governments and global corporations—must understand how to work together to meet those needs while protecting the world in which we live.

“Ground Rules: Mining Right for a Sustainable Future” follows the development of new and operating mines as geologists, engineers and mine managers tackle complex problems. The film draws on the experiences and achievements of other mine sites to illustrate creative and core concepts of sustainable development and social responsibility. Embark on a 23-minute tour across almost every continent—to Australia, Canada, Chile, Ghana, Indonesia and the United States—and meet a new generation of passionate and creative people working to bring us the materials, fuels and minerals on which our modern world depends.

“Ground Rules” is the successor to our popular film “Common Ground: Modern Mining and You.” It may be viewed online here and on YouTube, and is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, as well as English with Chinese subtitles. 

See Below for Lesson Plans & To Request a Free Copy on DVD