We have completed our second annual Community Sustainability Project! On a sunny day in April, chapter members and several guests volunteered with Global Gardens at Rosa Parks Elementary. We helped construct a chicken coop and prepare the elementary school garden for Earth Day activities. Thank you to everyone who volunteered or contributed in another way!
In Global Gardens school programs, every class has their own garden that they work in weekly. Together students grow, harvest and prepare organic produce, increasing their knowledge of healthy foods and eating habits through their scientific method and problem-solving curriculum. Global Gardens also runs after school clubs and a family farm, where local families are growing organic food and eating together regularly. This is a great example of a program that supports all three legs of sustainability – our natural resources, people’s health in the community, and economics.
We are excited to support Global Garden’s school programs because they interweave hands-on experience in sustainable living as part of science classes, character building lessons, and safe after school activities. For example, we built a dry well in the chicken coop to collect and drain run off from the chickens’ drinking water. This type of education is important for getting kids interested in STEM careers and even just fostering a science-literate society overall.
As part of this project our NEOK Chapter, Cyntergy, and ES2-Tulsa also contributed toward the chicken coop construction materials.
This is our second annual project and we plan to continue next year. If you have an idea of a sustainable nonprofit project that we could support, or if you would like to get involved in other chapter sustainability programs, please email Stepfanie Shaulis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local opportunities to engage:
- Sustainable Tulsa
- Tulsa Young Professionals Sustainability work crew
- Oklahoma chapter of the US Green Building Council
- Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings: ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1-2014
- Online seminars from the Association of Energy Engineers
Last updated: Oct 2017