Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Sustainability Chapter Started in Edmond

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Sustainability Chapter Started in Edmond

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Jeff Tate first learned about the Oklahoma Sustainability Network from Harlan Hentges.

Tate and Hentges are both attorneys with Mulinix Ogden Hall Andrews & Ludlam, a law firm with offices in downtown Oklahoma City. Hentges is general council for the Oklahoma Sustainability Network and is a member of the group's board of directors.

"It was through my friendship with him (Hentges) that I gained exposure to the Oklahoma Sustainability Network," Tate said. "I realized I had a lot more in common with the group than I realized."

Tate, a resident of Edmond, attended the group's annual conference in April. Hentges also lives in Edmond.

"I decided it was important to begin an Edmond chapter," he said.

An organization meeting was held in May and Sustainable Edmond was formed with Tate as president. An initial membership meeting, which is open to the public, is scheduled at 7 p.m. June 28 at the Edmond Public Library. Sustainable Edmond's annual membership dues are $25.

"We will discuss how to improve our quality of life and our community in ways that make sense economically, environmentally and socially," Tate said. "We also want to promote environmental stewardship through individual, community and business understanding of long-term consequences associated with climate change and other environmental issues."

Sustainable Edmond is the state group's seventh chapter. Other chapters are based in Oklahoma City, Norman, Tulsa, Stillwater and Shawnee. There is also a Green Country regional chapter. Other chapters are being formed. The nonprofit Oklahoma Sustainability Network actually got its start in Edmond. In 2001, a small group started meeting at the 501 Cafe in Edmond to discuss what could be done to "green" up Oklahoma, according to the state group's Web site.

Those small meetings in Edmond resulted in the first Oklahoma Sustainability Network conference in May 2002 at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. About 125 people attended the first conference, "Sustainable Solutions: Envisioning Oklahoma's Future. …

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