Earth Day Celebrate CommUNITY event wins health award

The University of Tulsa and a group of community partners have been recognized for their efforts in hosting the fourth annual Earth Day Celebrate CommUNITY event in April for local elementary students.

The Oklahoma Turning Point Council Conference recognized the Earth Day event with a Community Health Champion award for its service to community improvement. The honor distinguishes entities that contribute to health and quality of life through strategic partnerships and/or coalition efforts. The OTPC transforms public health in Oklahoma by working directly with community partnerships on health improvement initiatives.

earth day celebrate communityTU, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and several other local organizations welcomed more than 1,500 Tulsa Public School pre-K through second grade students to the TU campus for a family friendly Earth Day celebration on April 21, 2017. Students were guided through activities and sessions that inform, educate and energize the community about sustainability and environmental awareness. Participating schools included: Cooper, Chouteau, Emerson, Kendall-Whittier, Lanier, Lee, Mayo, Mark Twain, Remington, Sequoyah, University School and Zarrow. TU contributions were directed by Steve Tipton, the Frank W. Murphy Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, in the College of Engineering and Natural Resources.

Sponsors involved were: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, QuikTrip, FRE, Zebco, TD Williamson, Sustainable Tulsa, American Waste Control, University of Tulsa, New Solutions, Covanta, Tulsa Regional Stem Alliance, Tulsa Teacher’s Credit Union, Tulsa Conservation Foundation, the Jane Goodall Foundation, Tulsa Public Schools, City of Tulsa, Morrow, Lai & Edwards Pediatric Dentistry, Google, Loughridge, Sound Pony, The M.E.T., Reasors and McNellies Group.

In 2016, Earth Day: Celebrate CommUNITY won the “K-12 Education” and “Best of the Best” categories at the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Environmental Excellence Competition and Celebration.