Apel to Speak on Sustainability at Hardscrabble


MIAMI — “Sustainability, What Does It Really Mean? From the Global to the Local View” will be the topic of the first Hardscrabble program of the season to be presented by Mark Apel from the University of Arizona.

What does it mean for a community to be truly sustainable or “resilient” in the face of economic and climatic changes?  Explore some of the possibilities at the September program of the Hardscrabble series sponsored by the Gila County Historical Museum and the Bullion Plaza Museum.

The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.  on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Bullion Plaza Museum in Miami.

The doors open at 6 p.m. with light refreshments being served. As always, the presentation is free to the public, but donations are always welcome to help defray some of the costs.
The term “sustainability” may mean different things to many people, but is firmly rooted in a global definition of sustainable development, as well in local issues and actions.

This presentation will help participants understand where the concept originated and what it means.

Mark Apel is an Area Extension Agent in Community Resource Development with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in southern Arizona where he is implementing programs in land use planning, sustainable development, small acreage landowner assistance and training the state’s planning commissioners. He has over 32 years of environmental and planning experience.

Mark has been a Peace Corps Volunteer, as well as worked for the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, as a private consultant and ten years as a county planner addressing growth and development issues. His work has taken him to Morocco, Madagascar, Honduras and Mexico. Mark lives in Bisbee, Arizona, home of the Lavender Pit. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management (Pennsylvania State University, 1982) and an M.A. in International Affairs (Ohio University, 1987).

Gila County Historical Museum and the Bullion Plaza Museums are United Fund recipients.

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