Green stats in Tulsa
Statistics about Tulsa's efforts to go green.
The number of voluntary curbside recyclers in Tulsa, as of June 2008.
The number of tons of recycled newspaper, glass, plastic and aluminum shipped to processors in the 2007-08 fiscal year.
Number of Tulsa volunteers who participated in seven events in 2008 as part of the Great American Cleanup in Oklahoma, sponsored by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. The 2009 Great American Cleanup runs March 1-May 31. As of January 2009, five events are scheduled in Tulsa.
Amount of compost Whole Foods Market kept from going to landfills in October through November 2008.
Percentage of Whole Foods’ grease that goes to producing biofuels.
Average number of bags ordered weekly through the Anner’s Wellness Works organic market and co-op, Tulsa’s first organic food co-op, located at 1915 S. Boston Ave. Anner’s Wellness Works is a year-round co-op that provides seasonal veggies/fruit bags and meat/protein (from local farmers as much as possible) bags weekly to 300 co-op members. Members select their own produce each week and can clip complimentary fresh herbs from the garden outside the co-op.
Number of households from the Tulsa area that participated in the Metropolitan Environmental Trust’s (The M.e.t.) Spring and Fall 2008 Fairgrounds Pollutant Collection Events. The 2009 Spring Fairgrounds Pollutant Collection takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., April 4-5.
Amount of water the City of Tulsa’s two water treatment plants (water comes from Lake Eucha, Lake Spavinav and Lake Oologah) pumped in 2008 for 133,500 metered accounts in the city and more than 500,000 people in the metropolitan area.
Number of ozone alert days for Tulsa in 2008. Don’t let the number fool you. Tulsa is not meeting ozone standards. The Environmental Protection Agency’s National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone is 0.075 parts per million (ppm). The Ozone Standard is calculated by averaging data over a three-year period. This average is taken from the fourth highest (eight-hour average) at each monitor (Tulsa has five in the area). A violation occurs when the three-year average is greater than 0.075 ppm. Tulsa’s average in 2008 was .078, recorded at the city’s North monitor.
Number of households from the Tulsa area that participated in the Tulsa Metropolitan Environmental Trust’s (The M.e.t.’s) Spring and Fall 2008 Fairgrounds Pollutant Collection Events. The waste amount totals from the events were: 762 pounds of mercury debris, 7,900 containers of paint, 996 pounds of medication, 30,084 pounds of flammables, 19,077 pounds of pesticides/poisons, 3,816 gallons of used motor oil, 4,062 pounds of corrosives, 7,789 pounds of aerosols, 3,000 pounds of oxidizers, 647 gallons of antifreeze, 21,152 pounds of car batteries and 3,980 pounds of household batteries.
Number of different organic produce items offered at Whole Foods Market, 1401 E. 41st St.
Year that Whole Foods stopped offering plastic bags and became the first grocery store to provide 100 percent recycled paper bags.
Amount of phone books The M.e.t. collected through its Project ReDirectory. Executive Director Michael Patton began Project ReDirectory in the late 1980s with the City of Tulsa as the first nationwide phonebook recycling program, which has been modeled in cities across the country.