The importance of safeguarding our precious resources forms the foundation for the Fall 2007 PMI meeting scheduled for Oct. 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Washington, D.C. Whether in reference to natural resources like water or man-made resources (Web sites, the Internet security, and intellectual property), it is essential that we work to protect what is important to us.

Following the PMI Board of Directors meeting and the general membership meeting on Sunday, Oct. 7, the PMI fall conference will feature a variety of sessions focusing on safeguarding resources. Monday, Oct. 8, will be comprised of PMI Issue, Standing and Product committee meetings. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the conference will feature a series of speakers on recycling, enforcement of labeling regulations, and the efficient use of water with speakers representing the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.  

The conference’s grand finale will be a Wednesday, Oct. 10, morning session devoted to the expanding role of nanotechnology throughout the industry. This session will conclude by noon to accommodate attendees’ travel arrangements.

The luncheon keynote speaker is Dan Esty, who is the author of eight books and numerous articles on environmental policy issues and the relationships between environment and corporate strategy, competitiveness, trade, security, performance measurement (data-driven decision making), governance, and development.  His most recent book, “Green To Gold:  How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value and Build Competitive Advantage,” explains what every executive must know to manage and profit from the environmental challenges facing society and the business world. Esty is the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University and he holds faculty appointments in both Yale’s Environment and Law Schools and is the director of the Center for Business & Environment at Yale, the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, as well as the Yale World Fellows Program.   

Tuesday evening’s dinner keynote speaker is Gary Langer, director of polling for ABC News, who will provide an analysis of the current political scene. Langer illuminates public opinion and behavior across a range of social, political and economic issues.

Registration Deadline is Sept. 12. Contact PMI for meeting details at 847-481-5500, or visit www.pmihome.org.