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July 2024 Newsletter








Plastic Free July


As summer heats up, microplastics and pollution do, too. Participate in Plastic Free July to build habits for a healthier planet and a healthier you. Here are some sustainable tips to consider: 


Say no to single-use plastics. There are endless ways to say “no” to single-use plastics, here are a few ideas to get you started: try bringing reusable bags to the grocery store. Bring your cup to your favorite coffee shop. Choose to dine in a restaurant instead of getting food to go. Adopting reusable alternatives can collectively reduce millions of tons of plastic waste per year. 


Shop at your local farmers market. Buying produce locally can be cost-effective and better for the environment. Many farmers refrain from using plastic containers to store their produce. Check out this link to find a farmers market near you! 


DIY your cleaning products. Making your cleaning products not only reduces plastic pollution but also creates a toxic-free living environment for you and your family. Recipes for cleaning products can be found here.


Upgrade your hygiene routine. Switching to bars of soap for body wash, shampoo, and conditioner is just the beginning of removing plastic from your daily hygiene routine. Many farmers markets and bulk stores also offer bamboo toothbrushes and hairbrushes. Even makeup can be found in recyclable containers.


Pack your snacks. Traveling this summer? Skip the plastic-filled snack aisles and pack your snacks in reusable glass or silicon containers. Choosing to pack your snacks often means healthier foods for you and your family. 


Plastic Free July may seem daunting, but using these tips can help you transition out of a plastic-filled life. Remember, reducing plastic waste isn’t just good for the planet, but good for our health.




 







SCOR3CARD ANNUAL CELEBRATION

JULY 25, 2024

The Annual Scor3card Celebration is here! Scor3card is The Sustainability Alliance's premiere program to transform business as usual, to business as sustainable.


Member organizations participate to complete impressive sustainability initiatives at their place of work, within their communities, and through their employees. With over 100 lifetime members, this year will feature over 25 participating businesses, nonprofit organizations, and governmental entities from the 23-24 cycle that concluded in May.


Join us to gain an inside look at their inspiring efforts and celebrate their success!





PLASTIC FREE JULY CHALLENGE - TERRASCORE

JULY 4-31, 2024


Join us for an evening of recognition and celebration at the beautiful Philbrook Museum of Art. Stay tuned for more details!





 







AUGUST FIRST THURSDAY

AUGUST 1, 2024

We have teamed up with the City of Tulsa to convene a task force focused on sustainable developments and conservation action related to the new Zink Lake. Join this special two-part event to hear from committed stakeholders about the opportunities ahead to make this asset healthy and resilient. Stick around for an hour of speed-dating with sustainability experts to ask questions, contribute ideas, and discuss the ways we can collaborate to create a thriving Arkansas River ecosystem.


Keep an eye on our upcoming events, for more info coming soon! RSVP TODAY



RECHARGE 2024

SEPTEMBER 19, 2024

RECHARGE is The Sustainability Alliance's primary source of support for our programming and impact throughout the year. It is a highly anticipated event that unites individuals, businesses, and communities committed to sustainability. By attending RECHARGE, you'll not only enjoy a memorable experience but also contribute to building a sustainable future.



 

We’re Hiring a Development Manager!


The Sustainability Alliance is seeking a passionate Development Manager with fundraising experience to join our dynamic team. Due to unforeseen family medical needs, our current Development Manager, Sunny Leigh, will be stepping down. We thank Sunny for her contributions and wish her all the best.


For more details about the position and to apply, please visit our website and send your resume and a cover letter to Corey Williams.


 






Where: NEFF Brewing

When: Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 12:00 pm 

The Electronics Recycling Event at NEFF Brewing is a free event hosted by The Sustain Group to provide businesses and residents of Oklahoma a safe alternative to the landfill for the disposal of computers, laptops, phones and other electronics. Anyone who recycles an item with The Sustain Group will get $1 off a beer during the event!


 

TERRASCORE

PLASTIC FREE JULY

Our next TerraScore kicks off July 4 and runs through August 1. The challenge supports the global Plastic Free July movement. Take the pledge to reduce plastic waste, track your success through the TerraScore app, and compete to win a zero-waste starter kit.

 

Download the app today to get notified when the challenge launches. Learn more about Plastic Free July here.


Facts to Know about Plastic Pollution


  1. Microplastics have been found in the animals we eat, within our blood stream and vital organs, in the water we drink and play in, and even the air we breathe. The consequences to our health are still understudied, but consumption of plastic particles is likely linked to cancer, infertility, and more. (ScienceDaily)​​ (NIH News in Health)​​ (Mongabay)

  2. Globally, we produce 430 metric tons of plastic a year, with tens of millions coming from the US alone. In the US, only 5-6% of plastics are recycled each year.  (Harvard Medicine Magazine)

  3. Plastics shed into smaller particles that cannot be broken down organically. Found in clothes, tires, and other daily-use products, these particles are accumulating in our environment at an unprecedented rate.  (UNEP - Microplastics) (UNEP - Plastic Planet) (Yale Sustainability)

  4. Much like Big Tobacco knowingly produced carcinogenic products for decades before admitting the serious health risks they posed, plastic producers have recently been discovered doing the same. Documents from the 1990s reveal executives knew of the harms of their products, but continued to push these goods and set recycling targets they knew they wouldn't meet. (PBS) (Center for Climate Integrity)

  5. Plastics are made from fossil fuels and are set to drive nearly half of oil demand growth by mid-century. (Nature) (The Conversation)


Download the TerraScore App today!




 


Scor3card® Cycle

Exciting updates are coming to the Scor3card program! If you haven't RSVP'd for our celebration event on July 25, click here to reserve your spot. At the event, we'll showcase the remarkable achievements of our participants.

 

If your organization is ready to start saving money and resources while benefiting the planet, reach out to Morgan Fehrle to schedule a demo or sign up for the 24-25 cohort today!














 

CALLING ALL DOERS

It’s time to sign up for First Steps!


Our community programming is tailored for three unique cohorts: nonprofits, schools, and faith communities. Whether you’re eager to learn more or schedule a chat with our coordinator, visit the link below or email Missy at here.





 


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