Office of Sustainability

Mayor Bartlett Unveils City's Very First Sustainability Plan

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced the completion of the City of Tulsa's Sustainability Plan, which he believes is a critical tool in driving Tulsa toward a position of national leadership for using strategies centered on clean energy and sustainability to stimulate economic growth in the region.

"Sustainability has emerged in the last few years as a strategy for not only saving money and helping the environment, but for creating energy-related economic development opportunities, and ultimately jobs," Mayor Bartlett said. "Tulsa has the legacy, resources and the institutional knowledge of the entire energy industry."

SustainabilityCover.jpgThe Sustainability Plan was developed by URS Corporation over the course of six months with extensive input from city employees. The plan focuses on the City of Tulsa's assets with regard to energy management, water management, solid waste and recycling, fleet management, procurement, alternative and renewable energy and economic development.

For example, the City spent $20 million on energy in 2011 with a large portion paying for electrical utilities. About 30 percent of the electricity bill was spent on drinking water treatment.

The plan outlines and prioritizes many energy and water management initiatives to be implemented for savings. The plan gives step-by-step instructions on how to use resources more efficiently and be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. It also provides specific directions for the City of Tulsa to take action today and start leading the way into a new economy.

"We currently live in a time of limited financial resources so we, as a city, must find ways to do more with less and set an example for others," said Bartlett. "These circumstances force us to be creative as we look to the future with an eye toward growing our economy."

Tulsa has a significant history and employment in the traditional energy sector. Tulsa is also transitioning into many related energy industries. The city already has one leading tech cluster - compressed natural gas - and the Sustainability Plan provides guidance on leveraging this and other resources.

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Mayor Bartlett Announces 2010 Energy/Sustainability Initiatives

Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. announced the City of Tulsa's 2010 Energy/Sustainability Initiatives at an event and news conference Wednesday evening, March 3, 2010 at the McBirney Mansion.

Mayor Bartlett presented details about several initiatives to a crowd of Oklahoma energy leaders. Bartlett discussed projects included in a grant Tulsa has received from the Department of Energy, Compressed Natural Gas initiatives and the creation of the new Office of Sustainability as well as the appointment of Brett Fidler as the office's director.

Fact Sheet - EECBG grant projects from the Department of Energy


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