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Is Tulsa Moving Toward Becoming More Sustainable?February 2009Mary McIntyre ColeyCity of Tulsa Communication OfficerMember - The Mayor’s Green Team

definitions
Definitions:
  • Sustainability – the use of resources so that their availability and/or usefulness to future generations is not compromised or diminished
  • Environmental Footprint – the comprehensive resource requirements of an individual, city or country (Water, energy, clothing, transportation, food, stuff)
history
History
  • July 2001 –Mayor Susan Savage creates an energy policy.
  • 2002-2006 – Mayor LaFortune continues to request an annual “plan,” primarily in the form of reports from Public Works sections.
  • 2006 – Kathy Taylor elected Mayor, joins the Blue Skyways Collaborative.
internal policies in place
Internal Policies in place
  • Zero idling plan
  • Employee policies regarding electricity usage and lighting
  • City policies encouraging recycling
  • Ozone Alert plan and directives to employees
moving toward sustainability
- Moving toward Sustainability
  • Mayor Taylor signs four agreements to accept grant money from OK Dept. of Transportation related to the use of Compressed Natural Gas in municipal vehicles.
  • Mayor Taylor is the 500th signee of the US Conference of Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement.
2008 january
2008 - January
  • Mayor Taylor announces the ReGreen Tulsa program to replace trees devastated by the Dec. 09 ice storm.
  • Goal: 20,000 trees by 2010.
2008 april the green team
2008- April – The Green Team
  • Mayor appoints team of citizens to lead city-wide green efforts, The Green Team. Co-chairs:
    • Michael Patton, the M.e.t.
    • Sean Griffin, Vizalution
  • Mayor announces a City of Tulsa website focusing on “green” efforts – BeGreen Tulsa. www.BeGreenTulsa.com
2008 may ec and s team formed
2008 – May – EC and S Team Formed
  • Internal team begins weekly meetings: Energy Conservation and Sustainability Team. Members:
    • Public Works
      • Administration
      • Public Facilities – Building Operations
      • Environmental Operations
      • Solid Waste Management
    • Communications
    • Purchasing
    • Equipment Management
    • Planning
2008 july new city hall otc
2008 – July – new City Hall - OTC
  • City of Tulsa employees begin relocation to City Hall at One Technology Center.
  • Benefits:
    • More efficient use of space (reduced space by 20% due to consolidation.
    • Energy savings (consumers 30% less)
    • Reduced annual operating costs
    • Elimination of environmental and air quality concerns at old City Hall.
2008 july ec s team plan
2008 – July – EC & S Team Plan
  • Energy Conservation and Sustainability Team submits a draft Sustainability Strategic Plan to Mayor Taylor, outlining Goals and Objectives
2008 july green traveler portal
2008 – July – Green Traveler Portal
  • The City opens an internal “portal” to INCOG’s Green Traveler website, allowing employees easy access to the Green Traveler program.
    • Carpool match
    • Energy-savings calculator
    • City Trail and bus line information
2008 general
2008 - general
  • City becomes an Energy Star member (ways to reduce energy)
  • City becomes a Waste-Wise member (ways to increase diversion rates and recycling)
  • City becomes a Water Sense member (ways to promote water conservation)
  • City requests membership in ICLEI.
sustainability advisor
Sustainability Advisor
  • December 2008 – Mayor Taylor appoints Brett Fidler as her Special Advisor for Sustainability issues.
  • Fidler also serves as Conservation Director for the Tulsa Zoo, and has developed successful recycling and sustainability programs at the Tulsa Zoo.
  • Fidler’s Sustainability Plan is due to the Mayor on April 1, 2009.
green fleet on the street
Green Fleet on the Street
  • 24 City of Tulsa vehicles are on the street featuring either hybrid technology or use of CNG as primary fuel.
  • 89 such vehicles were ordered in 2008.
what s next
What’s Next?
  • Action Steps for Energy Conservation and Sustainability Team’s Strategic Plan (2008) to Mayor by March 1, 2009.
  • Report from Sustainability Advisor – to Mayor on April 1, 2009.
local sustainability partners
Local Sustainability Partners
  • Mayor’s Green Team
  • Sustainable Tulsa
  • Sustainable Green Country
  • TYPROs Sustainability Team
  • Sierra Club of Green Country
  • Local Chapter, AIA – COTE
greening the 918 programs sustainable tulsa and mayor s green team
Greening the (918) Programs(Sustainable Tulsa and Mayor’s Green Team)
  • What it is: A monthly seminar series featuring topics of interest to Tulsans
  • Start date: October 2008
  • Programs to date:
    • November 2008 “Green Building”
    • January 2009 “Local Foods and Sustainable Agriculture” – rescheduled
greening the 918 programs 2009
Greening the (918) Programs 2009
  • February 2009 – Alternative Transportation
  • March 2009 – Ecological Footprint - Citywide
  • April 2009 – Green Space
  • May 2009 – Solid Waste Management and Reduction
  • June 2009 – Local Foods and Sustainable Agriculture (rescheduled from January)
  • July 2009 – Water Quality and Conservation
greening the 918 programs 2009 continued
Greening the (918) Programs 2009 - continued
  • August 2009 – Green Energy
  • September 2009 – Sustainable Economic Prosperity
  • October 2009 – Keeping Communication on Green Issues Transparent
go green conference tulsa architects and mayor s green team
Go Green Conference(Tulsa architects and Mayor’s Green Team)
  • Held September 2009
  • Audience:
    • Low to mid- income individuals and families
    • Regional architects (continuing education credits)
  • Topics:
    • Reducing expenses by going “green”
    • “Green” Remodeling projects