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December 2023 Newsletter



Season's Greetings from The Sustainability Alliance

As we usher in the spirit of December, our community is buzzing with eco-friendly activities and meaningful initiatives. In this month's newsletter, discover exciting events, sustainable practices, and ways to get involved. As we come together to celebrate, let's continue making strides towards a greener, more sustainable future. Thank you for being part of our vision for positive change. Wishing you a joyful and sustainable December. 


Warm regards, 

Corey Wren Williams 

Executive Director


SUSTAINABLE TIP OF THE MONTH

A VERY MERRY SUSTAINABLE HOLIDAY

Decorating - Gifting - Wrapping


Decorating: Do you find yourself buying new holiday decorations each year? Take this opportunity to get crafty for your holiday décor while also creating new traditions: 


  • Make popcorn or dehydrate your own citrus slices or peels to make beautiful strands for your tree or window hangings. 

  • Use sticks and twine to make DIY stars or evergreen trees of any size. Leave them au naturel or use non-toxic and reef-safe paints to add a pop of color.

  • Power your string lights with solar panels, or utilize timers to reduce energy consumption when they aren’t needed. 


Gifting: Consider giving gifts in the form of experiences or services, instead of items.  


  • Workshops or classes for hobbies like pottery, gardening, or cooking give your loved one quality time with you, new skills and knowledge they can carry with them, and memories that will last longer than that new sweater.

  • Shop secondhand! Not every gift may feel right to give used, but before buying a virgin product, see if there are options to purchase lightly used versions instead. You might be surprised at how many “new with tags” goods you will find. 

  • Some of the best gifts cost nothing but time. Does your aunt have clutter piling up? Give her the gift of peace of mind and spend a day tackling those stacks for her. Make a coupon book for a loved one or provide a service you are skilled at. 


Wrapping: Paper, bags, bows, and frills can not only add up financially, but also contribute to enormous amounts of waste each year. Ditch the waste and opt for other options instead: 


  • Ask family or friends for scrap fabric or clothes they would otherwise toss and use some scissors to make unique, beautiful, and reusable gift wrap. 

  • Add a natural flair by decorating with found materials like pinecones or twigs of holly. 

  • Reuse wrapping from gifts you received in the past and consider using reusable sticky dots instead of tape to allow the wrapping to be used again without rips in the future.

 

EVENTS THIS MONTH

DECEMBER 7, 2023 | FIRST THURSDAY

Reintroducing the Arkansas River: A rare ecosystem under threat

A conversation about wildlife, water management, and safety


Join us at Heirloom Rustic Ales for a conversation and Q/A with Tulsa River Guardians founder Jake Miller, Biologist Josh Johnston and investigative journalist Molly Bullock about why attention to the preservation of the river is critical to ecology, wildlife and human health and safety. 


Date: December 7, 2023

Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

Location: Heirloom Rustic Ales | 2113 E. Admiral Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74106



 

PROGRAM UPDATES

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEARS BELLMON AWARD WINNERS

We are incredibly proud of our 2023 Bellmon Award winners. If you missed their video testimonials at our November B2B event, click the button below to watch each winner's video.





FIRST STEPS

Pilot program celebrats achievments and looks ahead


The inaugural cohort of our First Steps pilot program concludes this month with a celebration at the Synagogue at Congregation B’nai Emmunah. Over the past eight months, we brought together faith-based communities to explore a fresh approach to sustainability. Guiding them through straightforward yet impactful activities, member organizations delivered sermons on sustainability, planted trees and pollinator habitats, hosted vegan potluck dinners, and installed signs promoting greener practices to their congregations. 


If you are interested in learning more about the program and discovering what awaits in its next phase, kindly reach out to Missy Lukenbaugh, First Steps Coordinator, to be added to the event’s invite list.


First Steps is a program of The Sustainability Alliance designed to guide small groups on their sustainability journey through simple and accessible approaches.


SCOR3CARD

Scor3card® has a new manager 

We are pleased to announce that Morgan Fehrle is now overseeing the Scor3card program, gearing up to make the second half of the 23-24 cycle our best yet. As we usher in the new year, anticipate tool enhancements, structural improvements and valuable additions to Scor3card's educational and impact opportunities. 


If your business hasn't integrated Scor3card into your strategy, now is the time. Sign up for a demo to explore how Scor3card can increase your triple bottom line for less than the cost of your monthly phone bill. Pricing starts at $79/month.




 

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

LOCAL SUSTAINABLE EVENTS AND INITIATIVES


This December the local community is coming together to celebrate sustainability in a variety of exciting ways. Here's a quick overview of the upcoming events that offer opportunities to engage with like-minded people, spend quality time with your family, and support eco-friendly initiatives.


  • PUBLIC MEETINGS with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality: DEQ is hosting a series of informational public meetings to solicit feedback on potential CPRGOK projects from interested parties including the public, industry, and government entities. Scheduled December meetings are December 4, 5, 7 and 12 in Poteau, Burns Flat, Tulsa and Miami. Click here for more information. 


  • A Very STEM Holiday with the North Tulsa Parent Alliance: Participate in a night of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) holiday activities on Thursday, December 14, at 6 PM. All North Tulsa families are welcome. Reserve your spot today. 


  • Cozy Crafts at The Gathering Place: Create festive crafts like needle felted holiday mushrooms and gnomes at the Williams Lodge on December 5 and 12 from 10am to noon. For details on additional winter activities at The Gathering Place, click here.


  • Recycle your unwanted holiday lights at Natural Evolution Inc.: Natural Evolution Inc., one of the highest certified electronic waste recycling companies in Tulsa, encourages people to drop off their Christmas lights and other electronics Monday through Friday from 9 AM - 3:30 PM. Click here for more information. 


  • INCOG - Public EV Charging Stations: Call INCOG to request the installation of public EV charging stations to your business. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM at 918-584-7526.


To be featured in next month's newsletter, please email us at info@thesustainabilityalliance.org.


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