Empowered Minds: Rural Action in Appalachia

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Downtown Newark
Meeting Room A

Event Details

Marissa Lautzenheiser presents a general introduction to Rural Action and the group’s important mission. She takes attendees on a deeper dive into some of Rural Action’s program areas, including sustainable forestry, sustainable agriculture, watersheds and environmental education. A hands-on element is included.

Marissa R. Lautzenheiser has been with Rural Action since 2012.  She is the Huff Run/Mud Run Watershed Coordinator for Rural Action in Mineral City, Ohio. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Biology from Malone University in Canton, Ohio. While an undergraduate she researched and presented her thesis “Concrete Steel Aggregate: A Tool in Passive Water Remediation”. Marissa lived and studied in Washington D.C. at the American Studies Program, during which she worked as a Program Assistant with the USDA Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Nestled in the foothills of Appalachian Ohio, Rural Action was founded in 1991 on the principle that locally-based, sustainable, and inclusive development is the main strategy for building resilient rural Appalachian communities. Rural Action’s mission is to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. We do this work by focusing on sectors identified as important by our members: food and agriculture, forestry, zero waste and recycling, environmental education, watershed restoration, and energy. Emerging work in social enterprise development and local tourism are more recent parts of our portfolio.

This IN-PERSON program is part of our lifelong learning series, Empowered Minds. The focus of this signature service is healthy aging and enrichment for the retirement-age citizens of Licking County. All adults are welcome and registration is free. Empowered Minds is supported by a sustaining gift from Robert Trimble Jr., a lifelong learner, and in part by the Licking County Senior Levy. Donations are appreciated.


Event Type(s): Adult
Age Group(s): Adult
Adult Services
(740) 349-5520

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