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Sustainable Tulsa Newsletter                      November 2012
In This Issue
Business Case for Sustainability
Tulsa's Urban Forest
Green Blitz
Our Sponsors

Ihloff Salon and Day Spa Employees 'Jeans Day Program'


Southside Rotary Club of Tulsa




Jenkins Consulting Group


Greenstar Recycling


Our Busines Members



Greenstar Recycling


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Sustainable Tulsa members receive our free updates and can request a free copy of the 2010 Tulsa Area Green Directory. Your membership helps support:

  • Sustainability education in the Tulsa area
  • Henry Bellmon Sustainability Awards
  •  Elote SalsaFest
  •  McLain Renewable Energy Program
  • CNG School Bus Partnership
  •  "First Thursdays!'
  •  Launching Sustainable Tulsa Business Council
Green Jobs


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Who We Are


Corey Williams


Newsletter Editor

Will Huffman


Board of Directors


President: Marilyn Ihloff

Vice President: Denise Reid

Treasurer/Secretary: Connie Cohea



Libby Auld

Jessica John-Bowman

Dan Cameron

Brett Fidler

Richard Gajan

Brandon Perkins


Leadership Tulsa Board Interns

Kenton Grant

Joanne Ferguson

About Us


Sustainable Tulsa aims to educate and share in the process of developing a sustainability force through our volunteer program. Please see the list below of the many Sustainable Tulsa volunteer opportunities.


Volunteer opportunities include: 

  • Elote SalsaFest
  • Henry Bellmon Sustainability Awards
  • Green Directory
  • 'First Thursdays!'
  • Website Champion
  • Green Mentor

'First Thursdays!'


Sustainable Tulsa also meets the first Thursday of each month at Elote Cafe and Catering, 514 S. Boston Ave., in downtown Tulsa. You will find us all the way in the back. We meet at 12:30 PM for lunch and from 1:00-2:00 PM we have a guest speaker and networking. Please join us!!


For more information, please contact Corey Williams at


Contact Us


Phone: 918.808.6576


Sustainable Tulsa (Official) 


Mailing Address:

Sustainable Tulsa

P.O. Box 3543

Tulsa, OK 74101-3543

Fall Activities
First Thursdays! with guest Speaker Mike Perkins, City of Tulsa Urban Forester

Household Hazardous Waste Event at Tulsa Fair Grounds

Free E-Waste with the City of Okmulgee and Muscogee Creek Nation

America Recycles Day Banquet by The Metropolitan Environmental Trust

Rafea: Solar Mama Screening at Circle Cinema with Sustainable Tulsa

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Business Case for Sustainability

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Space is limited




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Sustainability is about People

Profit Planet


for more information about the Henry Bellmon Sustainability Awards



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Sustainable Tulsa promotes responsible economic growth, environmental stewardship, and quality of life for all. Sustainable Tulsa is working toward Tulsa being recognized as the leader in sustainability of the Midwest. Sustainability is the triple bottom line; the balance of people, profit, and planet.

Business to Business Case for Sustainability
Sustainable Tulsa Business Council Kick Off!
by Jason Brimer, Jason Brimer Marketing and Communications
Due to an overwhelming responce to the Business Council Kick off we have move the program the B. S. Roberts Room (North Hall 151) at OSU Tulsa to accomodate more guests.
Space is limited.  Click here to register today!







An exceptional panel of sustainability leaders will explore the business case for sustainability at Sustainable Tulsa's first quarterly Sustainable Business Symposium and Business Council Kick-off. Scheduled for November 15th, 2012 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the campus of OSU-Tulsa in the B.S. Roberts Room (North Hall 151).


Moderated by former Tulsa mayor, Kathy Taylor, the symposium's panel includes Dana Birkes, Vice-President of Business Development, Flintco; Jim Cameron, President, Cameron Glass; and Angelyn Holmes, Energy Education Manager, OSU-Tulsa.


The symposium is designed as an opportunity for Oklahoma businesses and institutions to learn from each other about the benefits of sustainability to their bottom lines. "We are seeing organizations save millions of dollars through their sustainability efforts," said Corey Williams, Executive Director of Sustainable Tulsa. "This is a great opportunity to learn how the people, profit planet model is helping businesses lower costs, increase profitability and enhance employee engagement and retention."


For more information or to register for the Symposium, contact Corey Williams at (918) 808-6576 or


First Thursdays!

Tulsa Urban Forest


By Mike Perkins, City of Tulsa Urban Forester


First Thurdays! Urban Forest

November 1st

Elote Cafe, 514 S Boston

12:30 Lunch and 1:00 to 2:00 guest speaker and networking


Tulsa is in the heart of the State of Oklahoma known as Green Country. Our area of the State is blessed with many types of trees, great topography, water features & diverse wildlife brought on by or wooded areas. But through the devastating 2007 Ice Storm & recently the last two summers of drought and heat, our forests have taken quite a hit. If you look closely you can still see the damage from the Ice Storm in several trees around our community. These existing wounds and the severe drought and heat have started to cause these trees to decline and/or die.


Several very large old trees have succumbed from these events as well. Stress is a major factor in a tree dying. Insects and diseases zero in on stressed trees attacking them causing their death to quicken.   Through my job this year I have seen these effects. Our older parks have lost several older trees & Neighborhood Inspection complaints of dead or dying trees has increase 2-3 times from the previous years. Now is the time for citizens to take the utmost care of their existing trees and replant with trees that seem to have withstood our conditions over the last few years. The key is to water, mulch, prune & plant the proper tree in the best location to ensure its survival. These small things will help our community encourage our Urban Forest to rebound and have a chance at a healthy future.


Mike Perkins will be our next First Thusdays! guest speaker to discuss our Urban Forest.  He is a twenty one plus year employee with City of Tulsa & is currently the Urban Forester with City and is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. He is an ISA certified Arborist with 12 years of combined right-of-way and Park forestry experience at the City of Tulsa. Mike is the former President of the State Chapter of the American Public Works Association and is on the Garden Center & Up With Tree Boards. Mike is currently the vice-chair of the Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council. He likes to visit national parks units & travel throughout the U.S. He has been to 49 out of the 50 states & has visited 314 National Park units and is always looking for a good or unusual tree picture.



First Thursdays! with Sustainable Tulsa are free and open to the public and chance for you to network with your community and learn about sustainability happening in the Tulsa area. We have guest speaker each month on a variety of topics. This is also an opportunity to let others know about what you are working on! Come learn and share! We meet the first Thursday of each month at Eloté Café and Catering, 514 S Boston, Tulsa, OK. We gather at 12:30 for lunch and 1:00 to 2:00 for the guest speaker and networking. For more information click here or contact Corey Williams, 918-808-6576. Join us!


Thank you to Covanta Energy

and Jenkins Consulting Group

for their sponsorship of First Thursdays!

Mission Accomplished:   

Tulsa Home Builders complete first green-certified,100% American-made Habitat home


By Valerie Heritage, Public Relations Director

Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa


We did it! Tulsa's building community completed today a groundbreaking project that it hopes will shape the future of Habitat homes. The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa (HBA) turned over the keys this on October 27, 2012 to its second Home Builders GreenBlitz project. The home, located at 1031 E. Zion St. in Tulsa was dedicated and presented to home buyer Tamika Brown, a single mother who has completed the Tulsa Habitat for Humanity program.


This project is unique to Tulsa Habitat for Humanity in three ways: it will be green-certified for its energy and resource efficiency, it was built in just one week by professional members of the HBA, and it was constructed from exclusively American-made products.


End of Day One

"The HBA is very proud of this project, which is the first Habitat home in the nation to be green and red, white, and blue," said John Madden, a certified green builder from Tulsa, Okla. and chairman of the GreenBlitz project. "It was a tremendous team effort from more than 50 companies and more than 100

individual volunteers. This home represents what being a builder is all about, helping people achieve their dream of homeownership and finding ways to build a better home, and handing the keys over to Miss Brown this morning, it was obvious to everyone that the project was a success."


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