Scientists from the Ural State Mining University won a grant worth over $230,000 (US) at a recent competition.
The contestants, who also represented the Russian Science Foundation, created a project to address economic and ecological problems being faced today. The team's results reflected the premise that once society makes the environment a priority, economic gains will progress to their full potential.
“They developed scientific approaches for world experts, scientists, industrialists and managers at all levels to address social and economic problems related to underground mining resources and recycling industrial waste,” technical sciences doctor Yuri Valdimirovich Lebedev said. “The promise of our concept proposes to change the structure of consumption, moving away from the principle of 'more and cheaper' to provide the necessary level of consumption of various goods without disturbing the natural environment.”
Researchers believe this is the first time scientists have used a purely scientific method to develop ecological sustainability, as opposed to relying on the abstract method typically employed.