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City Named 2020 Henry Bellmon Award Winner for Creation, Implementation of Certified Monarch Waystation

This article was archived on 10/30/2020

This week, the City of Tulsa’s Water Quality Assurance staff was named Sustainable Tulsa’s 2020 Henry Bellmon Award Winner for their efforts to create a more sustainable environment inside and outside of their offices.

Last year, Environmental Compliance Coordinator Sheila Vega and her team built a certified Monarch Waystation outside of their building. This year, her team has successfully managed and brought the waystation to life.

“We’re so grateful to be recognized by Sustainable Tulsa for our sustainability efforts,” Vega said. “Building the Monarch Waystation has been very rewarding because we can actually see that it’s working.”

Vega and her team have planted milkweeds, spice bushes and other plants to attract monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

In addition to her team’s efforts in creating a Monarch Waystation, Water Quality Assurance staff has a vigorous recycling program, where they recycle more materials than they throw in the trash.

Vega says it’s her hope other businesses and organizations will take on projects to not only beautify their spaces, but projects that will create a more sustainable future for Tulsa.

“Not one person has to do sustainability perfectly,” Vega said. “But if every person does sustainability imperfectly, the whole world would benefit.”

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