Oklahoma Sustainability Network Conference

osnThe Oklahoma Sustainability Network is a group of people working to make Oklahoma a more sustainable place to live. They have chapters all over Oklahoma and are still growing.

This weekend, March 20th and March 21st, they will be having their eight annual conference. It will be held at the Nigh University Center at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma.

The conference will cover a wide array of subjects to help businesses, government officials, and individuals be more sustainable and “green.” The keynote speaker is William Greider, a best selling author, former editor for Rolling Stone and Washington Post, and currently national affairs correspondent for The Nation. The conference will also feature leaders from the city of Greensburg, Kanasas. Greensburg was destroyed by a tornado and choose to rebuild in a sustainable way.

Topics will include:

  • Business which includes a wide range of subjects such as Green Building Codes, Alternative Business Structures, Marketing Green Business & Real Estate, Business Pollution Prevention, and more.
  • Sustainable Daily Living which will feature Trathan Heckman, founder and executive director of Daily Acts, an organization that promotes and teaches an earth-friendly lifestyle.
  • Water Rights which will be covered by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson and Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment JD Strong.
  • Energy sessions will include Energy Alternatives and Coal Burning Power Plants.
  • Transportation sessions will include topics like Transit Oriented Development, Electric Vehicles, and Freight & Passenger Railroad Transportation.
  • Education will have many speakers discussing topics such as Sustainable University Curriculum, Sustainable Campus, Sustainability and the Student Body, and The Oklahoma Farm To School Program.
  • Agriculture includes Agricultural Market Concentration, Farmers Markets & Food Cooperative, Community Food Project- Buy Fresh Buy Local, and Oklahoma Urban Farming.

This event should prove to be helpful for all those who attend. There will be many wonderful speakers from all over the United States. You can find more information and register on the Oklahoma Sustainability Network’s website- www.oksustainability.org

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