March 4, 2011
The event began with opening remarks by Rufus Glasper, Chancellor of Maricopa Community College, to the audience comprised of over one hundred senior staff members and faculty. Dr. Stillman opened by reminding the audience how issues of sustainability are an integral portion of the United Nation’s Millennium Development goals. He then went on to give an overview of several sustainability issues, in particular how sustainable development relates to the current situation in Haiti. He cited examples of how PPAF is helping Haiti after the earthquake in January 2010. One example he discussed was the dangers of cook stoves, which are used heavily by Haitians and are Haiti’s greatest energy use. By altering from wood burn stoves that run and home-made spirits to ethanol, they can improve the environment and help save deforestation. The lecture concluded with a workshop led by Dr. Stillman on “International Resources for Sustainable Development”.
This was the first of several lectures at Maricopa Community College organized by HDI.