Office of Sustainability
Mayor Bartlett Unveils City's Very First Sustainability
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
The 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
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
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.
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Sheet - EECBG grant projects from the Department of Energy