Registration is now up for the 2010 Conference, which will be held June 11-12 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Many people have worked hard to put together a program we feel will enrich, empower, and energize everyone from the most seasoned OSN member to someone who knows little about sustainability.
Register here: http://www.oksustainability.org/2010-form-confreg.php
Our Friday keynote speakers include Michael Patton, well known as the head of The Metropolitan Environmental Trust and a champion of OSN’s efforts in Tulsa and throughout the State, and some citizens from Bokoshe, Oklahoma whose resiliency and perseverance in fighting a coal ash dump that is poisoning their town will be an inspiration for all.
Saturday’s keynote speaker is Katharine Hayhoe. She is a researcher from Texas Tech and will bring insight on the research on climate change and how to communicate the science behind it to everyday Oklahomans.
Paul James, the Gardener Guy, is also speaking on Saturday on the benefits of and the ability to do organic gardening.
Our tracks at this year’s conference include a sustainable business track on Friday featuring panels and speakers on the ECO tourism program, sustainable planning for small businesses and manufacturers, and energy independence for business. Friday also includes a green buildings track that will feature the team coordinating OSN’s stimulus grant. This will be the first opportunity for you to hear about the work plan for the grant and how you can help the team make a very powerful impact on Oklahoma buildings. This opportunity will be buttressed by Sustainable Tulsa’s Craig Immel and his green buildings taskforce, which has designed a very exciting track that will provide the tools you need to ensure the construction of green buildings and neighborhoods in your community.
Saturday features a two hour homeowners’ workshop where those supplying the essential services for greening the home will be connected with homeowners looking to build or create a sustainable home. It will be a one stop shop for information. We’ve also lined up a really exciting tour of the Homestead School in Edmond. They’ve done some incredible stuff to get off the grid and will demonstrate some practical ways for you to do the same. Saturday also includes a first of its kind personal and organization action track specifically for chapters and OSN members. The purpose of the track is to engage chapter members and supply knowledge and skills needed to run an even more effective chapter and make the sustainable changes we want to see in our communities.
We hope to see you all there!
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