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February 2024 Newsletter










Let your love GROW!


This month, advertisements all around will be encouraging consumerism in the name of your loved ones. Instead, challenge your household to let your love GROW sustainably!



  • GIVE homemade treats or plantable valentines cards made from paper scraps to your sweet ones.

 

  • REDUCE your expenses by assessing your budget and bills with a sustainable lens, nothing says "I love you" like finding ways to maximize your discretionary income.

 

  • OFFSET your carbon footprint by planting a tree to commemorate your relationship with your spouse and the Earth! Many native saplings are great for planting mid-February to mid-April.



  • WANDER off and explore a bit of nature by taking a hike or walk and see what plants, animals, and other treasures abound in this chilly-weather season. Winter doesn't have to be less adventurous because of the cold, just remember to bundle up and take it slow!


 

FIRST THURSDAY ANNOUNCEMENT



Dear Valued Community,

 

Over the past decade, First Thursdays have become a cherished program, bringing joy to many and serving as a cornerstone of our organization's monthly activities. As we embark on the journey of 2024, we are excited to announce an evolution in the nature of First Thursdays, driven by our commitment to make a more significant and tangible impact in the communities we deeply care about.

 

Our mission is clear: we aim to enhance ease of access to sustainability education, cultivate connections among individuals and the planet, and ignite actions that pave the way for a resilient future.

 

This year, we are introducing a refined schedule with four regular First Thursday events. These gatherings will take place at lunchtime, offering both in-person sessions at the TCC McKeon Center for Creativity and live-streamed experiences online, occurring once per quarter. Additionally, on alternate First Thursdays, we plan to engage with you through challenges, share educational content on our social media platforms and website, and unveil an exciting new initiative that we can hardly wait to share with you.

 

Stay tuned for further updates as we continue to evolve and grow. Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm. Together, let's create a future that is sustainable, connected, and resilient.

 

Warm regards,

The Sustainability Alliance


 








FEBRUARY 1, 2024 |

FIRST THURSDAY

TerraScore Challenge (No event)


We are changing the way we do First Thursday's this year. Instead of an event this month, we invite you to join the challenge! TerraScore is an app designed to help make choosing sustainable habits easy and fun. This month, we are challenging the community to celebrate Black History Month with us. Join the challenge to support black business owners, creatives, and changemakers. Learn about your own implicit biases and the historical events or figures pivotal to your community. The First-place prize winner will receive two admission tickets to the Greenwood Rising museum, a $30 gift card to a black-owned business of your choice, and a copy of Built From The Fire: The Epic Story of Tulsa's Greenwood District, Black Wall Street.



 


FEBRUARY 8 | GREEN DRINKS

SOCIAL EVENT @ NOTHINGS LEFT BREWERY


The first Green Drinks of the year is here! Join us on Thursday, February 8th from 5-7 pm for a no-fuss night of sustainability fun. Grab a drink (non-alcoholic options available) and meet friends old and new. Bring a friend, start a conversation, or join an eco-friendly activity!



 








Business Member Spotlight

OKLAHOMA AQUARIUM


The Oklahoma Aquarium is a committed Scor3card member and Sustainability Alliance partner. Learn how their proactive approach to the triple bottom line not only brought cost savings but also prioritizes the environment and enhances well-being. From energy-efficient lighting to monitoring air quality, recycling water, and conducting vital climate adaptation research, the Aquarium sets the bar high for sustainable practices. Explore their educational initiatives, including the Think Blue to Go Green program, as they lead the way towards a sustainable future for all.


Click here to continue reading.


 

2023-2024

Scor3card® Cycle

The 23-24 Scor3card cycle is halfway done! Does your company want to get on board to save money, reduce waste, and increase employee engagement? Reach out to our LEARN MORE Programs Manager, Morgan Fehrle, this month to learn about how Scor3card can improve your triple bottom line in time for the next cycle this fall.



 

THE SUSTAINABILITY ALLIANCE

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

March B2B - Mental Health in the Workplace

March 28th from 10:00AM to 12:00PM | In-person and live-streamed options. More details coming soon. Click here to RSVP!

 

April First Thursday - The Intersection of Climate Change and Social Issues

April 4th from 11:30AM to 1:00PM at TCC McKeon Center for Creativity | In-person and live-streamed options. Save the date for now, registration available soon!



 

GET INVOLVED

Sustainability in the Community


Here's a quick overview of the upcoming events, opportunities, and happenings on our radar this month:


  • Beloved Community, in partnership with a collaborative agreement from the Environmental Protection Agency and New Mexico State University is launching an Equity at Work Cohort focused on organizations and businesses that work in the environmental/energy sector. Employers will engage in region-wide interactions in each of the monthly capacity building sessions that will allow for peer learning and best practice sharing across Region 6. All teams conduct an organizational Equity Audit and complete the cohort with a multi-year Equity Work Plan. 

    • Time Commitment: Virtual. Cohort members will meet once a month for 8, half-day (4 hours), facilitated, capacity building sessions over a 1-year period.

    • Cost: $0. This cohort is fully funded by a collaborative agreement from the Environmental Protection Agency

    • Want to learn more? Fill out this form where you can RSVP for an upcoming informational session or request a 1:1 phone call.

    •  If you have further questions about the cohort please contact my colleague, Ileana Ortiz (they/them/theirs) who will be project managing this scope: ileana@wearebeloved.org.

  • Renewable Energy Legislative Update: TYPROS Sustainability Crew is an associate members of the Tulsa Renewable Business Alliance, a group of renewable business leaders that aim to build networks, projects and community in the energy hub of Tulsa, OK. This meeting will be on February 1, from 11:30AM - 1:30PM at 1028 E 6th St, Tulsa, OK 74120. Register here!

 

  • Virtual Master Gardner’s Plant Sale: February 1-29, 2024. Participants can place orders online to bring green leaves, blooming flowers, and vibrant colors to your at-home gardens. Browse the virtual catalog and select from annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grasses and milkweed. Orders are due online by March 17 and attendees can visit the Tulsa Fairgrounds on April 18 to pick up purchases.

 

  • SUS Crew - Covanta Energy Site Tour: TYPROS Sustainability Crew is hosting a free event touring a waste-to-energy plant in Tulsa on Friday, February 9, 2024 with two start time options. Curious about where your trash ends up? Join the tour by signing up for the 3:00PM tour here or the 4:00PM tour here.

 

  • Nature Date: Take your Valentine on a nature date to Ray Harral Nature Center on February 10 from 8:00AM - 5:00PM and create an EcoJar together! Bring a glass jar from home (or select one of ours) and as you’re walking hand in hand select items from the forest such as stones, soil, and moss to create a forever keepsake. Afterwards, visit our classroom to craft the perfect finishing touches such as tags, labels, or D.I.Y miniatures. Open to all ages and free to the public! Learn more today.

 

  • SPLASH! at OK Aquarium: Come make a splash at the Oklahoma Aquarium’s largest annual party on Saturday, February 24, at 7:00PM. Splash! is a unique event that brings together craft beers from area breweries, food by top local chefs and live entertainment. The 2024 event will be Mardi Gras-themed and feature restaurants and breweries including American Solera, Andolini's, The Bayou and plenty of others. Also on tap will be games and prizes, a silent auction and raffle and a mechanical bull shark, making this one of the most exciting events in the Tulsa area. Must be 21 or older to attend. REGISTER NOW.

 

  • Community Youth Explosion: OSU-Tulsa Community Youth Explosion Celebrate Black History Month with song, dance and spoken word performances from local Tulsa schools! There will be a food truck, vendors to shop from and more. Admission is free and open to the public. Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00PM at the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium. Questions? Contact Alnetta Morris, OSU-Tulsa Community Engagement Coordinator Alnetta@okstate.edu

 

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

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