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Send Your Grass and Leaves to a Composter in Your Area!
NOVEMBER 15, 2010 - In today's warming world, composting our organic waste to recycle nutrients and build soil health is the preferred alternative to landfilling, which produces the unwanted greenhouse gas methane.
Find one of Oklahoma's composter's (currently 3) and take your leaves and grass clippings to a facility near you.
Composters or those interested in starting a facilty are welcome to contact the site as well at FindAComposter.com and increase your exposure.
Recognizing that a major challenge to implementing these sound ecological practices has been a perceived lack of infrastructure. BioCycle magazine launched BioCycle's FindAComposter.com
One of the most significant stumbling blocks has been the perception that while composting is 'the right thing to do,' there aren't any facilities out there to do it," says Rill Ann Goldstein, BioCycle's Publisher. "For example, national grocery chains have made a commitment to keep their food waste out of the landfill, but then struggle to find facilities to compost the materials. That's what prompted us to start BioCycle's FindAComposter.com.
Get an ECOpass To Offset Your Carbon Emmsions While Traveling In Oklahoma!
Oklahoma City - People coming to visit Oklahoma will soon have a method to lower the environmental footprint of their trip while promoting natural resource conservation through a new initiative announced today by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD) and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD).
You can purchase an ECOpass through the webstore on www.TravelOK.com. The ECOpass is available in $5, $15, and $30 denominations which equates to different levels of carbon credits that are created by practices such as no-till farming and strip-till farming, grass plantings, tree plantings and improved pasture management. Learn more...
"Green Schools” flag to be presented to Deer Creek Middle School
Edmond, OK — JD Strong, Former Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment, presented a “Green School” flag on behalf of the Oklahoma Green Schools Program to Deer Creek Middle School at on May 20, 2010.
The Oklahoma Green Schools Program offers tips, funding sources and informational resources to help schools identify opportunities to “green” their buildings and operations ranging from the solid waste they generate, to the indoor environment they provide, to the energy and supplies they consume. Specific categories to be assessed include energy, water, waste & recycling, environmental quality, and the school site.
Deer Creek Middle School is one of ten participants in the pilot program and one of only two schools to complete the program for the 2009-2010 school year.
"I'm extremely proud to recognize these students for their dedication to creating a more healthy and efficient school," stated former Secretary J.D. Strong. "The amazing accomplishments of the young men and women of Deer Creek Middle School should challenge all of us to strive for a cleaner, more sustainable future." The Oklahoma Green Schools Program is being developed through the efforts of several public and private organizations, including the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, OG&E, and LWPB Architecture. An informal committee was formed in late 2008, with the purpose of combining efforts to form an awareness campaign. “Our goal is to help administrators, teachers and students to improve their schools and their environment,” says founding committee member Susie Shields Derichsweiler of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality Environmental Education Program.
According to research compiled by the group, benefits of Green Schools include enhanced student learning, improved test scores, and positive health impacts, not to mention energy cost savings.
Statewide Oklahoma Sustainability Conference
Oklahomans had the opportunity to learn about how they can improve the environment by greening their businesses, homes and communities at the 9th annual Oklahoma Sustainability Conference June 11-12 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
“Throughout the past few years living more environmentally-friendly has become easier,” said Eric Pollard, Oklahoma Sustainability Network conference coordinator. “More companies are offering energy-efficient products, the government is offering incentives such as Cash for Clunkers and appliances and the personal decision to save money and energy through these measures have far-reaching positive impacts on communities and the environment. Everyone has the power to do something and the conference is a way for people to get the knowledge and skills to build more sustainable homes, businesses and communities, starting with your family.”
Topics included: Homeowner Workshop, Climate Change, Recycling, Organic Gardening, Energy Independence, and Greener Building Codes
Green Roof Project Open House
The University of Oklahoma National Weather center celebrated Earth Day by holding an Open House for its Green Roof Project, the state's first experimental university vegetative roof system, recently installed at the facility. Several Conservation Commission staff attended the Open House event.
Roof greening, the growth of plants on rooftops, is becoming a popular technique in North American cities to reduce stormwater runoff quantity, improve discharge quality and reduce warm season energy demand. Recent studies show green roofs reduce annual stormwater runoff by 50-75 percent while preventing atmospheric pollutants from entering the stormwater system. Simultaneously, these vegetative roof systems intercept solar radiation and act to cool the building during summer, reducing the air conditioning costs by between 25-75 percent. The project can demonstrate broader economic benefits for the public as well. For example, covering 90 percent of the rooftops of Chicago with green roofs could save the city 750 megawatts of peak flow electric consumption annually. Rising temperatures created by the urban heat effect can be reduced three to four degrees. Learn more...
Total Express Celebrates their New Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station
April 6, 2010 - Oklahoma City has its first convenience store based compressed natural gas (CNG) station. The Total Express store at NW 164 and Rockwell recently added CNG as a fuel option. Todd Kelly, the company’s business development manager, called CNG the answer to high gasoline prices. CNG sold for $1.49 a gallon that day, compared with $2.79 a gallon for regular unleaded.
Former Secretary of Environment, J. D. Strong fueled his CNG Honda at the new site, while touting the fuel’s benefits. "CNG is by far the cleanest fossil fuel out there,” he said. Total Express likely will offer CNG at another new store at Northwest Expressway and Piedmont Road.
Oklahoma Energy Secretary Bobby Wegener said the increased use of CNG as a transportation fuel can reduce imports of foreign oil, create jobs, cut emissions and boost the economy.
Save Energy, Save Money
Given the unpredictable nature of today’s energy markets, many consumers wonder what, if anything, can be done to protect home and business budgets from volatile prices. We all can and must do our part to use energy efficiently. We must pull out all the stops to reduce our energy consumption as individuals, a state and a nation. You can make a difference today.
The following links and resources will provide tips on how to reduce energy consumption to help you save both the environment and money.
Carpool or take the bus?
When possible, carpool or access public transportation.
Find out and participate in what’s being said about energy conservation and green living in the blogosphere.
Regulatory Assistance Project
The Regulatory Assistance Project is a non-profit organization which provides research, analysis and educational assistance to public officials on utility regulations
Smart Energy Use for Kids
Kids can play a big role in energy conservation. From powering down video game consoles when they are not in use to helping mom or dad conduct a home energy audit.
Energy Calculators and Software
The calculators and tools on these pages can help you evaluate your energy use and whether energy efficient products or renewable energy are right for you.
Find information to help you save energy in your home, business, vehicle, or industrial plant.
A joint program of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy, provides helpful information to help consumers save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices..
NOTE: Need to ask permission to use the Energy Star logo.
The Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council
An extension of Oklahoma's state Department of Commerce, is a broad coalition of individuals, companies, organizations and agencies working to develop Oklahoma's bountiful renewable energy resources including wind, solar, biomass, Geothermal and small-scale hydroelectric.
The Oklahoma Sustainability Network
Serves to connect and educate the people of Oklahoma concerning the many aspects of sustainability including how consumers can reduce their energy consumption.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for high performance green buildings.
US Green Building Council
The US Green Building Council is composed of community leaders working to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.