TCC’s sustainability work earned the College recognition from Sustainable Tulsa and the South Tulsa Rotary Club.
The College participates in Sustainable Tulsa’s Scor3card program, a business sustainability assessment tracking tool. The online, self-reporting tool is a 154-item assessment in seven major categories, including energy benchmarking, water conservation, recycling, communications and more. TCC achieved Gold status its first two years of participation.
“The structure of the Scor3card has really allowed us to take a close look at what we’re doing and see how it matches up to regional and national standards,” says Mike Limas, TCC director of academic and campus services. “When we engage in the submission process and put ourselves up for review, we get a better sense of how we stack up against other companies. We’ve been the second-highest scoring entity the first two years.”
This year, TCC has received the Bellmon award for large companies, one of four entities receiving Bellmon recognition for 2018.
“It’s a direct byproduct of our success with the Scor3card,” says Limas. “The Bellmon is a Sustainable Tulsa and South Tulsa Rotary Club award. It was developed to recognize the contribution that former Oklahoma Governor Henry Bellmon made to the sustainable movement in Oklahoma.”
The award was conceived by Bellmon’s three daughters, who still practice sustainable agriculture on the Bellmon family land. The award process has since been taken over by an independent panel.
TCC received recognition at Sustainable Tulsa’s fundraiser, RECHARGE, in September, and Fox23 plans to create a video to share at Sustainable Tulsa’s “Case for Sustainability Series” Nov. 29 at the University of Tulsa.
TCC’s sustainability committee, composed of faculty and staff from across the College who are dedicated to sustainability and helping TCC become a sustainable institution, spearheads the College’s sustainability efforts. Limas says they plan to invite community members to join the committee.
TCC’s efforts in the area of sustainability are a clear example of TCC’s commitment to the public good as expected by HLC core component 1.D.