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Archives for April 2015

Featured Business: 2 Green Chicks

2 Green Chicks is a cleaning and organizing service in Norman, Oklahoma. They are committed to using eco-friendly practices for a reasonable price.

We got the chance to speak to Amy, the owner of 2 Green Chicks, and here is what she had to say about 2 Green Chicks and going green.

Featured Business: 2 Green Chicks


GO: What was your motive for starting 2 Green Chicks?
Amy: Knowing that many of the chain cleaning companies use products that are harmful to home surfaces, customers, and employees, I wanted to find a way to do better.

GO: Why is it important that your business is eco-friendly?
Amy: I have a 4 year old and I think it’s important to teach the younger generation about eco-friendly practices such as green cleaning and recycling.

There are so many benefits that green cleaning provides including: better air quality in your home, safer chemicals for employees and clients to use and safe for pets as well! We use HEPA filter vacuums with reusable/washable bags and all of our products are no or low VOC’s. We also (in 2015) are going to be introducing our “NEW Chemical FREE cleaning”!! So stay tuned!

GO: What’s the best advice you have ever gotten about going green?
Amy: I am a member of ARCSI and every day I learn from my peers about good and bad cleaning practices. But the most valuable advice stuck with me which is – always keep an eye out for new techniques and products. So that’s what I try to do! I try them out in my own home to ensure they work before making it a permanent product/technique in our company.

GO: What is one of your favorite services you offer?
Amy: Organizing! It’s my true passion – give me a messy closet and I’m a happy girl! I also have had my sidekick Hallie with me for almost 2 years now and she loves it as much as I do!

GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?
Amy: Because you get to meet the heart and soul of a company. Very seldom do you find a local company where you aren’t dealing with the brains behind the business.

Knowing your dollar has gone to not only a community member, but a business owner you trust makes every purchase that much more special. How could you not love visiting Campus TV & Music and talking to Joe while you get keys made and petting his pet cat Charlie? You don’t get that at Home Depot!!

GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
Amy: Of course OU football is a must and visiting all of the fun festivals and fairs in town!

GO: Other than your own business, what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
Amy: I’m a big fan of The Earth Cafe/Deli and Grocery – Richard & Kate truly live “green” to the fullest!

Featured Business: 2 Green Chicks
If you would like to learn more about 2 Green Chicks, please be sure like them on Facebook, and don’t forget to tell them we sent you.

We hope you enjoyed getting to learn more about 2 Green Chicks and the face behind the business. Be sure to let us know about other local green businesses you would like to see featured. Just post in the comments below, on our Facebook page or email us at gogreenokla@gmail.com.

All photos are property of 2 Green Chicks.

Green Oklahoma’s Best of 2015

Green Oklahoma's Best of 2015

Happy Earth Day! Today we celebrate the earth and work to encourage good environmental stewardship. We also want to celebrate some of the great local businesses that are helping Oklahoma go green.

This is the three year of Green Oklahoma’s Reader’s Choice Awards and the response was better than ever. Oklahomans are proud of the wonderful businesses, organizations, and blogs in this great state.


We are excited to announce the winners of Best of 2015.

Best of 2015 Winners & Runners-up

Best Eco-Friendly Retail Store: Green Bambino
Runner-up: STASH

Best Eco-Friendly Restaurant– Elote Cafe & Catering
Runner-up: The Earth Cafe & Deli

Best Eco-Friendly Bakery– Farrell Family Bread
Runner-up: Mitties Kitchen

Best Eco-Friendly Farm– 10 Acre Woods
Runner-up:  Peach Crest Farm

Best Eco-Friendly Grocery Store– Oklahoma Food Cooperative
Runner-up: Natural Farms

Best Eco-Friendly Service– 2 Green Chicks
Runner-up: Ion Solar

Best Organization– Oklahoma Sustainability Network
Runner-up: Stop Fracking Oklahoma

Best Green Blog- Little Sprouts Learning
Runner-up: Retro Housewife Goes Green

Thanks to everyone for their nominations and votes. Be sure to check out all of the winners and runner-ups.

Also check out all of the great Earth Day events going on around the state this week.

Earth Day 2015 in Oklahoma

Earth Day in Oklahoma

Earth Day is April 22nd and all month there are great eco-friendly events going on around the state to celebrate. Here are some of the fun events going on around Oklahoma.

Green Week at OU
OU has green events all this week, April 13th-17th. Click here for more information.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Dispose of your hazardous waste reasonability on April 18th at the Choctaw Nation Event Center in Durant. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here for more information.

Tulsa Zoo’s Party for the Planet
Join Tulsa Zoo for family fun to celebrate Earth Day. There will be a self-guided nature tour, a rainwater workshop and more! The event will take place on April 18th. Click here for more information.

Free Shred Day
Bring financial and personal documents for free shredding and recycling on April 18th from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The event will take place at 5519 NW 4th in Oklahoma City.

Martin Park Natural Center Earth Fest
Enjoy seminars on earth-friendly topics and family friendly games, crafts, and more. The event takes place at Martin Park Natural Center in OKC on April 18th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Norman Earth Day Festival
This free event will have something for the whole family. It will include music, hands-on art projects, pet adoptions, and much more. It will take place at Reaves Park in Norman on April 19th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more information.

OSU-OKC Earth Day Fair
Celebrate Earth Day with music, food, prizes and more. The event will take place on April 21st at the OSU-OKC campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here for more information.

Earth Matters- People Matter Film Series
On April 21st at 7:30 p.m. in Norman at Westwind Unitarian, there will be a screening of Fight For Wild America. Click here for more information.

OKC Earth Day Earth Walk
On April 22nd, at 6 p.m. there will be an Earth Walk on the OCU campus. Everyone is invited to gather at the United Methodist Headquarters parking lot at 1501 N.W. 24th at McKinley. Click here for more information.

Earth Day Events at Science Museum Oklahoma
On April 22nd at 10 a.m. visitors will have the opportunity to make seed bombs at the Science Museum Oklahoma Gardens. The fun will continue on April 23rd and 24th with more fun Earth Day events. All events are included with general admission.

Party for the Planet at ECU
ECU will have live music, booths, food, and fun at the Party for the Planet. Events start at 10 a.m. on April 22nd at the Tiger Fountain at ECU. Click here for more information.

Free Shredding Event
Bring your documents to be shredded at the Chickasaw Reuse Center on 2205 North Broadway in Ada. The event will take place on April 24th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s open to the public. You can also bring useable items to donate to the Reuse Center.

Green Connections at Turtle Rock Farm
Go on a tour, meet animals, enjoy a drum circle, see demonstrations of fiber spinning, toothpaste-making, solar energy, and more! There will also be free food! The event takes place on April 25th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here to RSVP and find more information.

OKC Zoo’s Party for the Planet
Enjoy fun activities for Earth Day at the zoo. The party takes place on April 26th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more information.

Ada Recycling Coalition Annual Earth Day Meeting
Join ARC for lunch, a special speaker, and more on April 29th at ECU in Ada. Click here for more information.

Did we miss an event? Please comment below or email us. And have a wonderful Earth Day!

Photo Credit- Okiefromokla

Best of 2015- Voting

Voting is now closed! Be sure to check out the winners.
Green Oklahoma's Best of 2015

Here are the Best of 2015 nominations. Thanks to everyone who nominated their favorite local, green businesses, organizations and blogs! Don’t forget to vote! Voting is open until April 21st. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd.

Retail Stores:

Restaurants:


Bakeries:

Natural Farms:

Natural Grocery Stores:

Green Organizations:

Green Services:

Green Blogs:

 

Bloomberg, Sierra Club Partnership Aims to Close Half of U.S. Coal Plants by 2017

Photo Credit- Matthew D. Wilson (LtPowers)

Photo Credit- Matthew D. Wilson (LtPowers)

The Sierra Club announced this week that Bloomberg Philanthropies will be investing $30 million over three years to the Beyond Coal Campaign. This new round of funding builds on the foundation’s previous commitment of $50 million.

Bloomberg will also lead a coalition of funders, which aims to match up to $30 million in grants. With this new support, the Sierra Club hopes to see the replacement of half of the nation’s coal power plants with clean energy by 2017.

“The coalition of more than a dozen funders includes individual donors, family foundations and major philanthropic organizations recognizing the urgency to fight climate change. Select funders include the Hewlett Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Yellow Chair Foundation, the Grantham Foundation and the Sandler Family Foundation.  Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and Michael R. Bloomberg announced the investments at the Sierra Club in Washington DC.” –source


The Bloomberg Philanthropies-Sierra Club partnership has led to 187 coal plants being retired or announcing their retirement. Coal has also dropped from 52% of US electricity generation to under 40%.

“The single biggest reduction in carbon pollution in the U.S. has come by retiring and repurposing coal-fired power plants – and that’s the direct result of our Beyond Coal campaign,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. “Thanks to the community leaders who have spearheaded this work, the U.S. led every industrialized nation in reducing carbon emissions last year. But much more work remains, and today we are doubling down on what has proven to be an incredibly successful strategy for improving public health and fighting climate change.” –source

One of the goals of the campaign is to improve the health of Americans.

The health benefits of our work to date include preventing 5,000 premature deaths,  avoiding 82,600 asthma attacks, and saving $2.3 billion in health care costs – every year. Retiring even one coal plant can  prevent 29 premature deaths, 47 heart attacks and 146 asthma attacks annually. Peer-reviewed research has also shown families living next to mountaintop-removal coal mines have higher risks of cancer, birth defects, and premature death. Replacing half the nation’s coal plants with clean energy will bring real improvements to people’s lives.” –source

The campaign also aims to position the U.S. as a climate leader. Current reductions in coal and increase use of renewable energy has helped the U.S. reach a climate agreement with China. However, the Sierra Club is hoping for even more.

“…the science is clear that we must do more, and the goals announced today by the Sierra Club will put the nation on a path to exceed the U.S. climate targets announced in late March by the Obama Administration.” –source

The coal industry is clearly not a big fan of this effort by the Sierra Club and Bloomberg.

“Instead of trying to make headlines, environmentalists could be partnering with industry to make headway in providing cleaner, reliable energy to Americans across the country and around the world,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, which represents coal interests, in a statement.”- source

However, the Sierra Club and Bloomberg say the partnership is helping transition the economy from coal to clean energy. Bloomberg has pointed out the increase in number of jobs in solar and other renewable energy.

“Saying we’re destroying the coal industry isn’t as true as people would want you to believe, said Bloomberg. We should be making investments in helping find jobs and careers in industries that will continue growing,” – source

You can find out more at the Bloomberg Beyond Coal and Beyond Coal websites.

Despite Spring Storms, Oklahoma Drought Continues

Despite Spring Storms, Oklahoma Drought Continues

Oklahoma has experience some spring storms lately but it hasn’t been enough to pull the state out of the drought. Drought conditions have actually worsened slightly for the state. Thankfully we are doing better than a year ago but not by much.

Wheat crops are starting to green up and they will require rain over the next few months for a healthy crop. Last year was Oklahoma’s worse wheat crop since 1957 so farmers are anxiously watching the weather and hoping for rain.


Many parts of the state are experiencing water supply issues. Due to lakes levels throughout the state being below normal. The following are currently the lowest.

  • Lugert-Altus Lake: 31 feet below normal
  • Foss Lake: 20 feet below normal
  • Waurika Lake: 19 feet below normal
  • Tom Steed Lake: 17 feet below normal
  • Skiatook Late: 17 feet below normal

Oklahoma also has been experiencing abnormal heat. It was 96 degrees in Alva on Monday, April 6th. That ties for the 17th highest recorded temperature for all April 6s dating back to the late 1880’s.

This is due to a dry line that has been in place. The dry line and lots of moisture is also expected to bring us storms over the next couple of days. Tornadoes and other severe weather will be possible.

According to the latest weather briefing from the US National Weather Service in Norman, Wednesday, there is an enhanced risk of severe weather for parts of the state. There is a smaller chance for severe weather on Thursday, mostly in south eastern Oklahoma.

The highest chance of storms is not in the area of the state that is most in need of the rain. This has been a problem for years.

Share your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Photo credit- The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.

Best of 2015- Nominations

Green Oklahoma's Best of 2015

It’s time for the third annual Green Oklahoma’s Reader’s Choice Awards. What are your favorite green businesses, organizations and blogs? We want to know!

Nominations are open now through April 12th. We are taking nominations for the following categories.

  • Retail Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Natural Farm
  • Natural Grocery Store
  • Green Organization
  • Green Service
  • Green Blog (not including us, of course)

The nominations must fit the following criteria.

  • Must be locally owned, not a national chain (Oklahoma owned chain is okay).
  • Environmentally friendly (organic food, recycled materials, alternative energy, non-toxic products, etc…)

The top 5 nominations in each category will be finalists and the finalists will be voted on by the public. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd.

Nominations are now closed!