Previous Events


2010-2011 — In a collaboration with the Xenia Institute, NSN sponsored several community dialogues on the local foods movement. Each dialogue in the series focused on a different aspect of our food system: producers, distributors, and retailers. The events included a panel discussion with individuals closely involved in the Oklahoma local food industry. This was followed by a breakout session, where attendees select the “resident expert” they want to speak with in more depth.

4/24/2010 — NSN provided recycling bins and coordinated volunteers to empty and sort recycling at the Norman Music Festival.

11/10/2009 — NSN rallied people to attend the Norman City Council meeting in support of moving forward with the Storm Water Master Plan and Greenway Master Plan. These plans outline strategies to manage run-off in urban areas and integrate those solutions with a citywide system of greenways and recreational trails. NSN encouraged people to attend wearing blue shirts to represent sustaining our water resources.  The city council chambers were packed, with overflow crowd having to watch through the back windows. Many eloquent speakers went before the council, and even though some in the development community gave strong opposition, the Master Plans passed unanimously.

10/23/2009 — For 350.0rg’s International Day of Climate Action, a rally was held in front of Native Roots Market. Events included a talk by Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal, a bike decoration contest with Fair Trade prizes, a discussion of water and climate change by Asia Scudder, and a community bike ride.  We took a group photo that was put on the big screen in Times Square, along with photos and videos from similar events worldwide.

6/18/2009 — For the second annual Dump the Pump Day, all Norman bus routes were free, and NSN booked musicians, comedians, and jugglers to perform on the bus throughout the day.  That evening a mass transit rally was held in Andrews Park with an address by Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal and a concert by Resident Funk. NSN also held a bus date auction connected to these events.  Winners rode the bus to a dinner, movie, picnic, and/or sporting activity accompanied by some of Norman’s most beautiful and/or interesting people!

5/24/2009 — NSN held a general membership meeting at Native Roots Market. We discussed current and future NSN projects, elected new officers from our steering committee, and voted on revisions to our by-laws. In officer positions, Angela Chase continued as OSN Representative, Gene Perry became the new treasurer, and Stephanie Bates, Isaiah McCaslin, and Claire Malone became Steering Committee Anchors.

2/15/2009 — Oklahomans needs more mass transit options, but our elected officials want more highways – even at the expense of a multi-modal hub that could connect Oklahoma City to Norman, Midwest City, Tulsa, Kansas City, etc…  Please come to Sauced at 2912 Paseo in Oklahoma City, 7:00 pm on Sunday, February 15th, for a presentation on UNION STATION, RAIL TRANSIT and the FUTURE of TRANSPORTATION IN OKLAHOMA.  Andrew Rice will also be in attendance and speaking about his views on union station, which is part of his state senate district.

12/7/2008 — Uptown United in Oklahoma City hosts a presentation on the threat to Union Station and the future of public transportation in Oklahoma. Open discussion after the presentation focuses on sustainable solutions for economic stimulus through transit planning.  Those interested in urban expansion, rail transit, sustainable living/planning, and area business are strongly encouraged to attend.

11/18/2008 — Phonebanking for Union Station.  NSN volunteers call Oklahomans to encourage them to contact Governor Henry in support of utilizing Union Station as a mass transit hub.

11/16/2008 — Buy Fresh, Buy Local meeting and potluck.

10/12/2008 — October Green Drinks.

9/28/2008 — The Groovefest Human Rights Festival with free music all day and keynote speaker Robert Waldrop from the OK Food Coop.

9/23/2008 — Buy Fresh, Buy Local hosts a tour of Native Roots Market followed by a meeting at Food and Shelter for Friends and a special local foods dinner at The Earth Natural Foods & Deli.

9/23/2008 — The Norman City Council Votes unanimously passes resolution in support of Union Station!

9/18/2008 — NSN gives a public presentation about Union Station at the MainSite Art Gallery.

9/14/2008 — September Green Drinks.

7/24/2008 — Rock and Roll on the Bus – NSN joined up with CART for a second round of “Dump the Pump,” hosting more musicians on the buses during the day and enjoying the rescheduled Hosty Duo concert at Andrews Park in the evening.

6/19/2008 — For Dump the Pump Day in Norman, NSN encouraged people to use mass transit with live local musicians and poets on city buses. Although a concert and rally that evening had to be rescheduled due to rain, average daily ridership was doubled.

3/28 – 3/29/2008 — NSN hosted the 7th Annual Oklahoma Sustainability Network Conference.

2/17/2008 — Another NSN Green Drinks at The Earth Cafe & Deli.

1/22/2008 — New officers are elected at an OSN Conference planning meeting at Food & Shelter For Friends. Angela Chase becomes our representative to the OSN Board, and Ed Kessler becomes the newest Steering Committee Anchor.

12/9/2007 — NSN Green Drinks at The Earth Cafe & Deli.

10/21/2007 — Steve Wilke leads NSN members on a tour of Bergey Wind Power, followed by a Wind Power Cook-Out.

9/13/2007 — NSN provides a carpool and free tickets to an advance screening of the 11th Hour, a documentary about the global environmental crisis starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

8/7/2007 — The first meeting to plan the 7th Annual OSN Conference is convened in the Native Roots Local Foods market.

2/28/2007 — Along with the Oklahoma Daily, NSN sponsors a mayoral debate in Catlett Music Center between Cindy Rosenthal, Trey Bates, and E.Z. Million. A panel including Seneca Scott, board president of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network, and journalists from The Oklahoma Daily, The Norman Transcript, and The Oklahoma Gazette question the candidates.

12/16/2006 — NSN holds a winter feast featuring a catered meal with food provided by local producers, live music from the Light Combo, slam poetry with Sophia Cleland, and speaker Bob Waldrop from the Oklahoma Food Coop.

9/11/2006 — NSN hosts a potluck picnic in Reaves Park with the theme, “food that is traditional to your family.” James Briggs discusses the Norman Bicycle Committee and Diane Fitzsimmons and Zev Trachtenburg talk about efforts to preserve Sutton Wilderness.

8/25/2006 — The first NSN Green Drinks is held at Coach’s Brewery.

5/28/2006 — NSN meets in the Sooner Room of the OU student union. Activities include a presentation from Lyntha Wesner about efforts to bring curbside recycling to Norman.

5/20/2006 — NSN joins the Norman Bike Committee and the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments in the 1st Annual Bike to Work Day.

3/25/2006 — The first NSN meeting of 2006 is held in Lions Park.

12/10/2005 — NSN holds a Winter Weatherization Workshop in the Norman Public Library and distributes free weatherizing kits.

10/22/2005 — Myrna Fletcher hosts NSN for the first of several hands-on workshops at the construction site of her strawbale house.

9/18/2005 — NSN meets in the Santa Fe Train Depot. Activities include a presentation by Reinhild Meissler on Ecological Principles and Human Communities.

8/21/05 — NSN visits the MainSITE Art Gallery, with activities including Evan Stair speaking about Passenger Rail Oklahoma and a presentation on rainwater barrel irrigation.

7/24/2005 — A second NSN meeting is held in the Jim Thorpe Multicultural Center at OU. Activities include a how-to on Green building by Jennifer Boyle, a report on Myrna Fletcher’s strawbale house, a discussion of Norman community gardens, and a presentation by Mark Lewellen on marketing a CNG-electric hybrid business to investors.

6/25/2005 — NSN holds its first meeting at the Norman Municipal Complex.

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