Sustainability Conference

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This year, the focus is on food and food systems with the title, Meeting Student and Community Needs Through Sustainability. We have assembled local and regional experts who through individual and panel presentations will address challenges of achieving food sovereignty. Among the specific topics to be explored include the process and promise of urban agriculture, college and university responses to student food insecurity, and the environmental impact on food production.

Program Descriptions

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The event will be held at the McKeon Center for Creativity on the Metro Campus on February 22, 2018 from 9:00 to 3:30 p.m. You may register at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=6z5ek4iab&oeidk=a07ef2u7fna2e42088f or just drop in!

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Pamela Kingfisher Pamela Kingfisher

A Cherokee woman born to the bird clan, Pamela Kingfisher lives and works on her grandmother’s allotment land in N.E. Oklahoma, growing organic food and working to preserve and utilize medicinal plants. Born and raised in the shadow and secrecy of nuclear bomb building, her anti-nuclear community organizing activities assisted in stopping the production of 23% of the world's uranium supply at the notoriously contaminated Kerr-McGee “Sequoyah Fuels” plant in Gore, Oklahoma. Pam worked for the Indian Health Service for 14 years developing medical libraries and tumor registries.
Pam has been a consultant to the nonprofit field for the past 20 years, providing services in organizational capacity building, program development and evaluation, fundraising planning and training, portfolio and grantee cohort management to nonprofits and foundations including the Lannan Foundation, First People’s Fund, New Mexico Community Foundation, Kind World Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
Currently focusing on food sovereignty, women’s rights and environmental protection, Pam works with numerous long time national clients, such as the National Farm to School Network, the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, The Cherokee Nation and the Native

 

Charles E Williams Charles E. Williams

Vice President, Treasurer and a Director of Clean Air Action Corporation (CAAC). Since 1976, Mr. Williams has been actively involved with solid and liquid fuels and innovative air pollution, ozone and greenhouse gas control strategies. Since 2000, Charlie has been heading up the technical aspects of CAAC’s award winning TIST program where in they work with subsistence farmers in East Africa and South India to plant trees to sequester carbon. Carbon revenues fund the extensive sustainable development program for the farmers, including food security, and provide them cash income. Mr. Williams has a MS in Geology from Oklahoma State University.


 


 

 

TCC 4th Sustainability Conference
Meeting Student and Community Needs Through Sustainability
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Metro Campus McKeon Center for Creativity
9 am to 3:30 pm
Time Topic Presenter(s) Location
9:00 to
9:30 am
Meet and Greet   C4C Event Hall
9:30 to
10:45 am
Global Perspective on
Sustainability and Agriculture
Charlie Williams
Clean Air Action Corporation
C4C Event Hall
10:45 to
Noon
Panel 1:
Campus Connections
Dr. Valerie O’Brien
Metro Campus, Biology
Metro Student Commons
    David Adams
Director, Student Life
Metro Campus
 
    Joseph Mason
TCC Student
 
  Panel 2:
Campus to Community

Eileen Bradshaw
Executive Director, Community
Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

C4C Event Hall
    Mike Egan
President, Khan Ohana Foundation
 
    Chris Bernard
Hunger Free Oklahoma
 
  Panel 3:
The Potential of Urban Farming
Carla Grogg
Owner, Grogg’s Green Barn
Metro Film/Lecture Room
    Councilor Vanessa
Hall-Harper

Tulsa City Council, District 1
 
    Sherry Laskey
Community Advocate
 
Noon to
12:50 pm
Catered Lunch Kitchen66
Speaker:
Kelly Foster
Waterkeeper Alliance
C4C Event Hall
1:00 to
2:00 pm
 

Pamela Kingfisher
Farm to Cafeteria Specialist
Shining Waters Consulting

C4C Event Hall
2:15 to
3:30 pm
Panel 1:
The Process of Urban Farming
Dr. Michael Dicks
American Veterinary
Medical Association
C4C Event Hall
    Dr. Craig Watters
School of Entrepreneurship,
Oklahoma State University
 
    Barry Jarvis
Editor and Chief, Edible Tulsa, and
President of Agruity
 
 

Panel 2:
Careers in Food

Katie Plohocky
President, Healthy
Community Store Initiative, Inc.

 
    Scott Cherry
Tulsa World, Food Critic
 
    Adele Beasley
Kitchen66
 
  Sustainability and the Curriculum
Integration Strategies
Dean Cindy Shanks
TCC
Dr. Rob Katz
TCC
C4C Telepresence Room

 

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Sponsors TCC, OSU, ES Sustainable Tulsa

 

To request a sign language interpreter call 918-595-7428, text 918-809-1864 or email rcdhh@tulsacc.edu.
To request accommodations for other disabilities call 918-595-7115 or email eac@tulsacc.edu. Advance notice requested.

SPEAKERS and PRESENTERS

Dr. Valerie O’Brien,
Metro Campus, Biology

Dr. Valerie O’Brien is Assistant Professor of Biology at Tulsa Community College-Metro Campus, where she teaches courses in Nutrition, Introductory Biology for Majors, and Zoology. Her Honors Nutrition classes have been conducting original research on food insecurity and local food issues since 2013. This research contributed to the development of the Metro Campus Fuel Pantry, which will help ensure that all TCC students have access to healthy food.
 

David Adams
Director, Student Life, Metro Campus

David Adams the Director for Student Life at the Metro Campus. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University, San Bernardino and his Master of Arts in Education Administration and Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs from University of the Pacific. David is excited to partner with faculty, staff and students in making the Fuel Pantry a success and sees the Fuel Pantry as a pillar to Priority #1, Learning Effectiveness and Student Success in the TCC Strategic Plan.
 

Joseph Mason
TCC Student

Joseph Mason is a sophomore at TCC pursuing a degree in environmental sciences. His projected degree goal is to receive a degree in Natural Resource and Ecology Management from OSU. In addition to pursuing furthering his education and career, Joseph is a chef at Chimera Cafe, avid garden, Coordinator of Tipton Community Garden, and volunteers at community food pantries around Tulsa, a service that helped provide perspective and motivation for research that focused on food insecurity and incorporating food pantries at TCC.
 

Eileen Bradshaw
Executive Director, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

 

Mike Egan
President, Khan Ohana Foundation

 

Chris Bernard
Hunger Free Oklahoma

Chris Bernard, a native Oklahoman, returned home after 16 years of work and study in Austin and Chicago. He comes back with substantial experience in policy, advocacy, legislative strategy, and program implementation. Through his extensive work in public safety and juvenile justice, Chris has proven leadership in forging public/private partnerships and coalition building to solve complex problems. He has worked inside and outside of government to affect policy, program, and legislative changes that better serve citizens, save government resources, and produce better outcomes for individuals and communities. Chris holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law.
 

Carla Grogg
Owner, Grogg’s Green Barn

 

Councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper
Tulsa City Council, District 1
 

Sherry Laskey
Community Advocate

Sherry Laskey could be considered a modern day Renaissance. She has worked as an Environmental Compliance Coordinator for a major shipyard in Louisiana. She has taught general science and Biology for Tulsa Public Schools. She has worked as a Registered Nurse in the role as an Administrator, Employee Health Nurse, Home Health Nurse, Disease Manager, and Private Duty Nurse. She has used these transferable skills to address health disparities in her community and has continued to reinvent herself along the way.
Her interest in Urban Farming developed after her return home to Tulsa from Chicago, IL in 2015. She noticed there was a stark contrast between the new development just one block south of the IDL and all of North Tulsa. North Tulsa looked vastly different than her departure in 2010; matter of fact it looked worse. She learned that the community where she grew had been labeled as a food desert. She decided she would become a part of the solution as opposed to complaining. Since her return home she has grown fresh local food and she continues to address food scarcity in her community.
 

Kelly Foster
Waterkeeper Alliance
 

Dr. Michael Dick
Director of Veterinary Economics, AVMA

Dr. Michael Dicks is currently the Director of Veterinary Economics at the American Veterinary Medical Association, representing over 91,000 US veterinarians. Dr. Dicks earned degrees in biochemistry and animal science from California Polytechnic State University, and MS and Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, a high school chemistry teacher who started a rural cooperative to develop appropriate energy and water systems in rural areas of Kenya. He was employed by the USDA’s Economic Research Service as a conservation and environmental policy analyst and started the USDA’s aquaculture and new crops and products research programs.
Dr. Dicks was a profession of agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University, was the Director of the Great Plains Policy Center and the Wes and Lou Watkins Chair of International Trade and Development and Director of the Center for International Trade and Development. He was hired by the AVMA to start and develop a veterinary economic division for the veterinary profession in 2013. He initiated the AVMA Veterinary Economic Summit to provide an annual summary of the most recent research in economic analysis related to the veterinary profession. The annual summit has become a must attend event for leaders across all segments of the veterinary profession. At the 2017 Summit in October he announced his pending retirement.
Dr. Dicks has produced over 500 written documents including; journal articles, Congressional Testimonies and research reports. He has been a sought-after speaker both domestically and internationally and has made well over 1000 presentations. He is the owner of a livestock operation (Cimarron Dunes), two consulting firms (AE Consulting and International Agricultural Consultants) and a real estate firm (Little Dickens Properties).
 

Dr. Craig Watters
School of Entrepreneurship, Oklahoma State University
 

Barry Jarvis
Editor and Chief, Edible Tulsa, and President of Agruity

Barry Jarvis is a dad, husband, video producer, publisher, scientist and cook. All four of his grandparents had an active role working the land and honoring the natural rhythm of local seasonal eating. Those lessons have fueled his life passions as founder of Brother Tree Pictures,
Publisher of Edible Tulsa, and co-founder of Agruity.com, a marketplace for local food. He holds degrees in Botany with Environmental Science and Culinary Arts. Barry lives in Tulsa with his wife and 3 energetic boys.
 

Katie Plohocky
President, Healthy Community Store Initiative, Inc.
 

Scott Cherry
Tulsa World, Food Critic

I am Scott Cherry. I’ve been in the newspaper business most of my adult life after a stint in the Army. I was a sports writer and editor for some 20 years at both the Tulsa World and the former afternoon newspaper, The Tulsa Tribune. The next six or seven years I wrote about food and cooking for the Tulsa World, and the past 17 years I have been restaurant reviewer and wine columnist. I also write a variety of features that touch on multiple subjects.
 

Adele Beasley
Kitchen66

Adele Beasley is the Director of Kitchen 66, Tulsa’s Kickstart Kitchen, where she supports food startups of all stages by connecting them with resources to launch and scale their businesses. Prior to joining Kitchen 66, Adele founded and operated a bread business, Heavenly Bread Co. in Tulsa, OK and served as Consumer Brands Analyst for Stripes Group, a growth-equity firm based in NYC, NY. Adele graduated from New York University with a concentration in Food & Entrepreneurial Studies. Adele was recognized as Tulsa’s Civic Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013.
 

Dean Cindy Shanks
TCC

Dr. Rob Katz
TCC

Robert Katz is an associate professor of humanities and music at Tulsa Community College. In addition to teaching courses in general humanities and music, he is president of the TCC Faculty association, co-founder of the Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution certificate program, and actively involved in college and campus sustainability programs. Dr. Katz is also a professional musician performing as a member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra double bass section as well as serving as a member of the orchestra’s board of directors. He received his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of Texas at Austin, MM in Music Theory from the University of Tulsa, and B.M. from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
 

Jason B. Aamodt, Esq.
Attorney

I am a practicing attorney with 20 years of experience working with Indian Tribes and individuals. My career is today comprised of four parts: Teaching, litigating Indian Trust and Environmental cases, starting a small brewery, and conducting social research concerning Justice and Sustainable Development. I am licensed to practice in all Oklahoma courts, the Northern, Western and Eastern Federal Districts of Oklahoma, the Western and Eastern Districts of Arkansas, the United States Federal Court of Claims, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. As a teacher, my classes have included Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Water Law, International Environmental Law, Ethics, and Corporate and Sustainable Responsibility. With the coming years here at OSU, I am looking forward to teaching new courses relating to the Management and Graduate Environmental Programs, with a central theme focused on Sustainable Development. As a lawyer I have and continue to represent Indian tribes and Individuals on a wide range of issues, from environmental contamination, natural resource protection, to land, financial trust and accounting matters. Among other accomplishments, I settled the fifth largest Indian Trust Accounting case, obtained a National Law Journal Top-25 jury verdict (2013), certified the first class action in Oklahoma based on an air dispersion model, and established a new cause of action against the United States for Indian Tribes. I enjoy research and writing. My recent publications include: The Role of Conjunctive Management in Sustainable Development, in Delivering Energy Policy in the EU and US: A Multi-Disciplinary Reader (Edinburgh Univ. Press 2016); Using Appropriate Sustainable Energy Technologies (ASETS) to Promote Access to Energy for the Other Third, in International Energy Development, the Emerging Contours (Routledge 2015) (Invited to provide chapter); and Can the Chinese Biogas Experience Shed Light on the Future of Sustainable Energy Development?, 42 Denver J. Int’l Law & Pol. 427 (2014). I am an aspiring homebrewer, and I am planning a Nano-brewery in Norfolk, Arkansas using locally harvested yeast, and regionally sourced grains. We are just getting started, and our goal is to always be tiny, but to always make great beer or other beer-like things that taste good! I am an unreconstructed fisherman, hunter and hiker. If no one can find me, check the hunting seasons. If there is no hunting season, then check the water level on the Norfork tailwater. If it’s not low, I'm walking about somewhere my cell phone won't get reception. I received my Bachelor degree in Chemistry/Environmental Science from State University of New York in Plattsburgh and his Juris Doctorate from The University of Tulsa College of Law. I was the Assistant Dean for Online Legal Education, and teaches International Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law at the University.
 

Margaret den Harder
Outreach and Operations Associate, Oklahoma Policy Institute

Maggie den Harder is an Outreach and Operations Associate at Oklahoma Policy Institute. At OK Policy, Maggie does outreach around food security and school nutrition, and has previously written on food security and school nutrition programs. Her policy interest areas include food security, sustainable agriculture, and natural resource and water use.
 

Cindy Shanks
TCC

Cindy Shanks is dean of the Engaged Learning division at Tulsa Community College, where she helps lead faculty development efforts, particularly around the use of high-impact practices, in- and outside of the classroom. She has been involved in sustainability efforts at TCC for the past four years. She earned her BA in Sociology from The University of Tulsa, and an MA in Sociology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.