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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

Green Oklahoma’s Best of 2014

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Happy Earth Day! Today as we celebrate the earth, we also want to celebrate the local businesses that help us live environmentally friendly lives. There were a lot of great nominates for Best of 2014 and a lot of votes. They were all great businesses and we appreciate all of them!

Now it’s time to announce our winners and runners-up.


Best Eco-Friendly Retail Store: SHOP GOOD
Runner-up: Green Bambino

Best Eco-Friendly RestaurantThe Wedge Pizzeria
Runner-up: Local

Best Eco-Friendly Bakery– Farrell Family Bread
Runner-up: Backyard Bounty Bakery

Best Eco-Friendly Farm– 10 Acre Woods
Runner-up:  Canyon Ridge Farms

Best Eco-Friendly Grocery StoreNative Roots Market
Runner-up: The Earth Natural Foods 

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

Best Organization– Oklahoma Sustainability Network
Runner-up: Cloth Diaper Oklahoma

Best Green Blog- Carless in OKC
Runner-up: An Organic Wife

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

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

Earth Day in Oklahoma

In celebration of Earth Day there are events all over Oklahoma. Here are some of the great events going on around Earth Day this year. 

ECU Party for the Planet
Where: East Central University in Ada
When: April 22nd, 2014 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

UCO Earth Day
Where: University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond
When: April 22nd, 2014 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.


OSU-OKC Earth Day Fair
Where: OSU-OKC in Oklahoma City
When: April 22nd, 2014 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Earth Day Rally for Climate Change Action
Where: State Capitol South Plaza in Oklahoma City
When: April 22nd, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Earth Matters Film Series
Where: Circle Cinema in Tulsa
When: April 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Sciencefest
Where: Oklahoma City Zoo in Oklahoma City
When: April 24th, 2014 from 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Herbal Affair & Festival
Where: Sand Springs
When: April 26th, 2014 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Natural Parenting Expo
Where: Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, OK Expo Hall in Oklahoma City
When: April 26th, 2014 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change
Where: Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, OK Expo Hall in Oklahoma City
When: April 26th, 2014
Line up at 10:30 a.m.
Event start at 11 a.m.

Oklahoma City Zoo’s Party for the Planet
Where: Oklahoma City Zoo in Oklahoma City
When: April 27th, 2014 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Norman Earth Day Festival
Where: Reaves Park in Norman
When: April 27th, 2014 from 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.
If you know of other events you can leave them in the comments below or email us.

And don’t forget to vote for the Best of 2014 by April 21st at 11:59 p.m.

Green Oklahoma’s Best of 2013

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Happy Earth Day! Today as we celebrate the earth we also want to celebrate the local businesses that help us live environmentally friendly lives. There were a lot of great nominates for Best of 2013 and a lot of you voted. We are excited to announce the winners and runner-ups.

Best Eco-Friendly Retail Store: Naturally Wise
Runner-up: Green Bambino


Best Eco-Friendly Restaurant Cafe Samana
Runner-up: The Earth Cafe & Deli

Best Eco-Friendly BakeryFarrell Family Bread
Runner-up: Earth Elements Market & Bakery

Best Eco-Friendly Farm– Canyon Ridge Farms
Runner-up: John’s Farm 

Best Eco-Friendly Grocery StoreOklahoma Food Cooperative
Runner-up: Urban Agrarian

Best Eco-Friendly Service2 Green Chicks
Runner-up: Natural Green Cleaners

Best OrganizationCloth Diaper Oklahoma
Runner-up: Oklahoma Sustainability Network

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

Best of 2013 Voting Closes Today

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Voting for Best of 2013 closes tonight, 4/21, at midnight. We have some very close races right now so be sure you have voted. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, tomorrow, 4/22.


Click here to vote.

Great Cloth Diaper Change

This post was written previously and we feel our readers need to know about the event. However, our thoughts are with Boston and hope everyone will join us in keeping our thoughts on Boston as today’s events unfold.

smlogoCloth diapering has become very popular again, but these aren’t your grandma’s cloth diapers. Gone are the plastic pants, now cloth diapers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

On April 20th, in locations around the world, cloth diapering parents will join together to try and set the Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously. The record was set at the first Great Cloth Diaper Change in 2011 and was broken in 2012 at the second event, and this year they are trying to break it again.

Oklahoma is once again joining in, both in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Last year, the Tulsa Great Cloth Diaper Change ranked #6 world-wide with 109 participants and #1 world-wife for most funds raised for The Real Diaper Association. This year they are including an Eco Family Fair with local vendors and will have $1000+ in raffle prizes.

Oklahoma City had 147 participants and ranked #2 in the world! This year they will have goody bags for the first 100 families with a qualifying participant, a raffle, and lots of other fun things for the family to enjoy.

This is a great opportunity to meet other cloth diapering families or if you are new to cloth diapering- a great way to learn more about it. Even if you aren’t a cloth diapering family, these events will be a fun way to spend the start of Earth Week.

Both events are on April 20th. The Tulsa event will be at the Broken Arrow Community Center located at 1500 S. Main Street in Broken Arrow, from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Oklahoma City event will be at the Science Museum Oklahoma located at 2100 NE 52nd Street in Oklahoma City. Registration will start at 9 a.m., pre-event activities at 9:20 a.m. and the Great Cloth Diaper Change at 11 a.m.

If you want to learn more about the Great Cloth Diaper Change and cloth diapering in Oklahoma, be sure to check out the Great Cloth Diaper Change web site, Cloth Diaper Oklahoma’s web site, Fluffy Bums of Tulsa’s web site, and the Tulsa Great Cloth Diaper Change web site.

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


 

Make a Commitment to Go Green for Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, what day is better for setting some green goals for yourself? No goal is to small when it comes to helping our planet, even small actions add up. Here is a list of some green goals to get you started.

  • Ditch bottled water. Bottled water has a big impact and most of it is just tap water that is being bottled and shipped in. If you are worried about the quality of your tap water get a filter, you will still save a lot of money! There as so many great options for reusable bottles these days, my favorite brands are Klean Kanteen, Earthlust, and Lifefactory. I do recommend avoiding plastic bottles which won’t last as long and may give off toxic chemicals.
  • Ditch plastic shopping bags. Plastic shopping bags make up a lot of the litter in the world, they are even ending up in our oceans in mass numbers. A lot of energy has to be used to make something you will use for just a few minutes. Reusable bags are stronger, come in many great styles and some stores even give discounts when you bring your own bag! Some stores in Oklahoma where you will find discounts include Native Roots, Whole Foods, and even Target! I recommend skipping the cheap bags you see in some stores and going with good quality ones, some of the cheap ones have lead. Some of the locally owned stores have cotton options that are safe and durable. Other good brands include ChicoBag, Envirosax, and Flip & Tumble.
  • Skip straws or bring your own. Straws seem like such a small thing but the US uses more than 500 million disposable plastic straws everyday! That’s a lot of plastic waste! A lot of the time you really don’t even need a straw but if you want one try out some reusable options like glass or stainless steel. I’m a big fan of GlassDharma glass straws.
  • Buy from the bulk bins. Many stores like Native Roots, Forward Foods, Whole Foods and Earth Natural Foods have bulk bins where you can buy the amount you need and you can bring your own containers to refill to reduce both food waste and plastic waste.
  • Recycle everything you can. Find out what your city recycles and even nearby cities with drop-offs. You can also recycle other items around the state, you can find some suggestions on our Recycling page.
  • Install a programable thermostat. Programable thermostats make it easier to be sure you aren’t over cooling or over heating your house. Many now allow you to have several settings. Mine is set to different temps for night, during the day, and during work hours. You can also set a lot of them for vacations and have the house already to a comfortable temperature for when you get home without leaving it on that setting while you are away.
  • Buy used. Buying used helps prevent new resources having to be used and keeps things out of the landfill.
  • Set up a compost bin. Composting your food waste is simple and a great way to cut down the amount you send to the landfill. Many home improvement stores now carry compost bins for very reasonable prices.
  • Drive less. Walk, bike, take public transportation, and carpool whenever you can.

These are just a few tips to get you started. We would love to hear what your goals are for going green this year, post in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Photo credits: NASA Goddard Photo and Video



About the Author


Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and freelance writer. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.

 

 

 

Disneynature’s African Cats


Disneynature started in 2008 and on Earth Day 2009 released their first movie, Earth. Earth is a stunning look at the planet we live on and the many plants and animals we share it with. Last Earth Day they released Oceans, which takes you on a journey through the world’s many oceans. And this Earth Day they released their latest film, African Cats. African Cats follows a young lion cub named Mara and her mother, Layla, and Fang, a pride leader. As well as Sita, a mother cheetah raising five newborn cubs.

These films are meant to help bring a part of nature we otherwise wouldn’t see to the big screen. Keith Scholey, one of the film’s directors, feels the film helps teach us lessons. “The first most import thing is, I think, to value nature, you have to experience these animals in a way that really excites you. That you really get to understand how beautiful they are but also their way of life but more the challenges wild animals have to face to be able to succeed in the wilderness… I think after than what happens after that is you say build up a sense of value for the animals. And value is the starting point of anything that follows in term of conservation.”

African Cats is playing in theaters all over Oklahoma, to find a theater near you click here. If you see the movie before April 28th, Disneynature will donate a portion of your ticket cost to the African Wildlife Foundation for the Amboseli Corridor project.

 



About the Author


Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and consultant. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.