Corey Williams, Executive Director of Sustainable Tulsa, was our guest speaker at the April 2013 meeting. Sustainable Tulsa promotes the three key components of sustainability…responsible economic growth, environmental stewardship, and quality of life for all.
The sustainability triple bottom line is People, Profit and Planet…ideas Tulsans embrace and practice every day.
One of the programs Sustainable Tulsa offers is “1st Thursdays” which is a casual networking session that is held at the Foolish Thing Coffee Company at 10th & Boston from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for those interested in sustainability to get together and discuss ideas about how to improve sustainability in their company and their community. In addition to networking and community building, the meetings often feature guest speakers. Past guest speakers and topics have included city councilor Blake Ewing and Ben Collins discussing the Refuse and Recycling Task Force as well as K&M Shillingford president Jay Murphy discussing geothermal and energy efficiency.
Another program Corey discussed was the Henry Bellmon Sustainability Awards, sponsored by Sustainable Tulsa and the Southside Rotary Club of Tulsa along with News Channel 8. The awards are a collaborative mission to raise awareness and reward those people, agencies, organizations and businesses that have dedicated themselves to a balanced approach toward quality of life, responsible economic growth, and environmental stewardship. For the 2012 award ceremony, all tables were sold out, there were over 300 attendees, there were 100 nominees for the award from throughout Oklahoma, and over $26,000.00 was raised for CNG School Bus Education. Flintco is the past Henry Bellmon Award winner. The 2013 awards dinner will be September 12th at the Tulsa Convention Center.
The Sustainable Tulsa Business Council will have three more “Business to Business Case for Sustainability” programs this year on May 16th, August 15th and November 21st. These programs are held at the B.S. Roberts room at OSU-Tulsa from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The May 16th meeting will feature former Tulsa mayor and Secretary of State Susan Savage. Panelists will include Matt Newman with Covanta Energy discussing Zero Landfill Business Strategies, Ken Purdue with Staples Advantage discussing Greening the Supply Chain and Buddy Stefanoff with Crossroads LED discussing LED Lighting and Energy Efficiency.