Past Sustainability Events

Major Events related to sustainability hosted/participated in by TU

  • Energy Policy 2007 Speaking Series at the College of Law Enrichment Committee/NELPI/Energy Law Journal covered Global Energy Issues for the 21st Century March 2007, Emerging Players & Career Opportunities in Domestic & Global Energy Feb 2007, The Balance Between Cost and the Environment Nov 2006
  • National Conversation on Climate Action held at the College of Law - Oct 2007
  • "The 2% Solution" A live webcast streaming simulcast presentation across the country to well over 1,000 universities and other educational institutions followed by presentations by local sustainability organizations - Jan 2008 Stanford University climate scientist, Stephen Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins and green jobs pioneer Van Jones and youth climate leaders, host a discussion of global warming solutions. Sponsored by TU Earth Matters, Sustainable Green Country, local Sierra Club chapter, TU Peace & Justice Fellowship
  • "Focus the Nation" teach In - Presentations by faculty in a variety of disciplines looking at global warming from their discipline's perspective - Jan 2008
  • "TU's Earth Matters co-sponsored a screening of a film "Transit Oriented Development" focused on public transportation's important role in urban development and planning. INCOG was invited and came to answer questions about the local and regional transportation systems following the film - Oct 2008 
  • In collaboration with American Chemical Society hosted Chemistry Cafe Lecture Series focused with discussion on "Tapped/Bottled Water - What Are the Facts?" Oct 2008
  • TU's Earth Matters co-sponsored "Rethinking the Holidays", a 3rd annual event focusing on ways to make the holiday season more sustainable, with student and faculty presentations, a demonstration on making reusable gift bags, and a group discussion on things individuals have done with their own holiday celebrations - Dec 2008 
  • Energy conservation program  - employees receive 3 paid holidays reducing energy use
  • Conscious Consumer Marketplace local famers' markets, crafters, and green businesses -free plants for potting- student music -swap meet for donated items. This environmental market was organized the last day of the electronic recycling drive offering local sustainable products, educational booths, and a recycled clothing closet.
  • "E-waste" Fundraising Drive April 9-22 (National Earth Day) computer and electronic disposables TU partnered with Tulsa-based recycler EarthEcycle, LLC and collected approximately 90K tons. All proceeds raised were donated to Gilcrease Middle School.
  • Students and staff volunteered to participate in the M.e.t. "Household Pollutant Event" at the Fairgrounds/Expo Square April 2009 and 2010. This is one of the most important events The M.e.t. holds. It allows residents to bring their hazardous waste, old medication as well as other items that should not be thrown into our landfills or flushed down our drains
  • TU to co-sponsorship of the 3rd GO!GREEN conference September 12, 2009 partnering with AIA Eastern Oklahoma (A Chapter of The American Institute of Architects), The Benham Companies, LLC and the Mayor's Green Team http://www.cityoftulsa.org/BeGreen/Team.asp  to make Tulsa the heart of Green Country, literally and figuratively. TU hosting GO!GREEN forum on September 18, 2010 with Gordon Purser, Chemistry Professor at TU and Chad Settle, Economics Professor at TU presenting.
  • First campus wide "Gardenfest" for plant and seed swap on campus May 2010

Faculty Leadership/Outreach

  • Aug 2008 Southeast Association of American Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, FL - Irma Russell, Professor of Law at TU, served as panelist on the topic of Global Climate Challenge
  • Oct 2008 Environmental Federation of Oklahoma, Steering the Right Course through Developments in Carbon Policy - Irma Russell presenter
  • Fall 2008 Environmental Sustainability Symposium -TU Law Review dedicated issue to articles related to environmental sustainability
  • Irma Russell, presented on Sustainability Law and Natural Resources in San Diego on Jan. 9, 2009 for the Assoc of American Law Schools Section on Natural Resources (AALS)
  • Jan 2009 Carlsbad, CA, ABA Environmental Conference - Innovation - Irma Russell 
  • Feb 2009 University of Houston School of Law Fifth Annual Sustainability Symposium - Irma Russell - visiting symposium professor 
  • March 2009 College of Law's Chesapeake Scholars Program Law - 2nd Annual Chesapeake Energy Lecture on Energy Policies by Tony Knowles - President of NELPI 
  • March 2009 - Oklahoma Sustainability Network Conference - Chad Settle, Speaker
  • April 2009 Lewis & Clark Law School conference - Irma Russell
  • May 2009 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundationth Institute for Natural Resources Teachers in Chico Hot Springs, Montana - Irma Russell will speak on climate change challenges: delayed harm only manifests itself long after the human activity causing it. 
  • June 22-July 3, 2009 Lewis & Clark Law School intensive two-week course on energy policy, sustainability - Irma Russell
  • Feb 2009 Student Economics Association (SEA) and Earth Matters co-sponsored a presentation "The Impact of Acid Rain on Streamwater pH in Point Peter Brook, NY" by Niamh O Leary, Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies at Wells College
  • NEPI conference, held on October 7, 2009, entitled "Power for the 21st Century: Reinventing America's Energy Grid"
  • NEPI film series inaugural event and panel discussion - Gaslandat Circle Cinema in Tulsa well received on July 21, 2010. This event focused on Shale Gas and provided critical examination of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing processes used throughout the U.S.
  • Upcoming NEPI Conference November 4th 2010- "OPEC at 50: It's Past, It's Present, It's Future in a Carbon-Constrained World"
  • NEPI working to become catalyst in Oklahoma and Tulsa for business and Job creation in the new energy industries, while engaging in energy research and conference programs.