The University of Tulsa was honored for its community engagement efforts at the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful “Environmental Excellence Competition and Celebration” in November in Oklahoma City. TU won the competition’s “K-12 Education” and “Best of the Best” categories for hosting the third annual Earth Day: Celebrate CommUNITY event on April 22, presented by Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
The event welcomed 1,500 students from nine local elementary schools to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and learn about the comprehensive issues that affect community health. Students enjoyed music, art, games and educational activities related to recycling, planting trees, protecting oceans, green cleaning, the importance of physical activity, reducing pollution, helping endangered animals, conserving water and electricity, and growing a garden.
“This is the only event of its kind targeted at children in the pre-k through second grade range,” said event co-organizer Steve Tipton, Frank W. Murphy Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
Participating elementary schools included: Chouteau, Emerson, Eugene Field, Kendall-Whittier, Lee, Mark Twain, Remington, Sequoyah and University School.
Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is a statewide nonprofit organization that preserves and enhances the state’s natural beauty and ensures a healthy, sustainable environment.