Join the local evolution

Posted by Sustainable OKC | Posted in Change, Community, Events, Food and Drink, Locavore, Sustainable OKC, Transition OKC | Posted on 20-04-2011


evolve no shadowSix Oklahoma City chefs, restaurants and caterers are creating tasty local food as part of Sustainable OKC’s EVOLVE juried art exhibition and fundraiser at Oklahoma City’s first juried Local Food Challenge this Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m. at Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO), 706 W. Sheridan on historic film row in downtown Oklahoma City.

The Local Food Challenge is organized by Transition OKC, a program of Sustainable OKC. The art exhibition will explore sustainability, resilience and community and proceeds from the event will benefit Sustainable OKC and IAO.

Food Challenge contestants will be judged by a panel of food industry professionals as they compete for a $500 juried prize. Guests enjoying the art exhibition will also have the opportunity to sample the local food creations and vote for the contestant they feel deserves the People’s Choice award via raffle tickets.

Follow the EVOLVE / Local Food Challenge on Facebook, buy $25 tickets (or individual sponsorships!) online at Sustainable OKC’s website here or at IAO, 706 W. Sheridan, or at the door the night of the event.

It’s all about local art – local food – local fun!

Art exhibition jurors (awarding a $500 grand prize to the winning piece)

  • Randy Marks, Groundwork
  • Stephen Kovash, Istvan Gallery

Local Food Challenge contestants

  • 105Degrees
  • Chef Kurt Fleischfresser
  • Chef Kamala Gamble
  • Prairie Gypsies
  • Chef Ryan Parrott
  • The Wedge Pizzeria

Local Food Challenge Jurors

  • Gail Vines, Flip’s Wine Bar & Trattoria
  • Chef Jonathon Stranger, Ludivine
  • Linda Trippe, The Lady Chef

+ YOU vote for the People’s Choice Award

$1 raffle ticket = 1 vote / vote as many times as you like



  • $25 @ the door or online @ 
  • or at IAO, 706 W. Sheridan, Oklahoma City
  • or at the door the night of the event
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What’s red hot, green and fun?

Posted by Sustainable OKC | Posted in Community, Events, Local Economy, Oklahoma City, Recycling | Posted on 15-04-2009


Answer: Rethink: Recycle: Redesign

Special preview party 

imageSaturday . April 18 . 2009

7 – 11 p.m.

IAO Gallery . 811 N. Broadway . Oklahoma City

Purchase preview party tickets here.

Proceeds from the preview party benefit Sustainable OKC and IAO. More info at

Local art, local food, local thinking. Hang out with old friends, make new friends, tap the green vibe!

Sustainable OKC presents an art event and juried show created to challenge artists and designers to RETHINK objects that have reached the end of their lifecycle. The event promotes and encourages green design and sustainability and rethinking how we use objects. The idea is to RECYCLE and REDESIGN by repurposing and transforming objects into art—functional and non-functional. Included works were considered according to various criteria with emphasis on originality of transformation, effectiveness of repurposing, and aesthetics of design. Exhibit runs through May 8.

Rethink:Recycle:Redesign (RRR) is proud to present work from many artists including: Jacine Arias, Paul Bagley, Nick Bayer, Bryan Dahlvang, Bill Derrevere, Ron Ferrell, Helen Grant, Preston Greer, Aaron Hauck, Susan Horton, Reta & Vana Howell, Brad Humphreys, Amy Jones, Trent Lawson, Darci Lenker, Tanya Mattek, Michelle Himes, Regina Murphy, Rebek & Holmes,

Diana Smith, Julie Strauss, Sue Moss Sullivan, and David Surls.

RRR preview party features:

  • A silent auction with great items available for bid including: an Oklahoma State Park stay, a “made in Oklahoma” product basket, Oklahoma Today magazine limited edition Centennial Collection and subscription, private yoga lessons, Yard Dawgs tickets, OKC Thunder basket, a Colcord Hotel stay and more.
  • Educational information will be presented including: Trash Factoids, Green Event Guide, Guide to Green Living, Art Class Contest, World Population DVD, and a geospatial mapping project with information about urban food deserts, 100-mile diet and sustainable dining.
  • Tasty food provided by local restaurants and food producers. Gratitude to: Kam’s Kookery, The Wedge, Earth Elements, Hardesty Cheese, Seasons, Cuppies and Joe, Flip’s Wine Bar & Trattoria, Prairie Gypsies, and Pure Prairie Creamery. 
  • Local music provided by 13 Seeds.

Our generous sponsors: Sonic America’s Drive-In, Sierra Club,, Arts Council of OKC, Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, Amanda Ewing, Jennifer Alig, Shelley Branum and Matt Leveridge, Jamie MacIvor, Shauna and Jim Struby, Vicki VanStavern.

For downloadable educational information about how to put together a green event, lower your carbon footprint, resources and more visit

Support Sustainability and the Arts

Posted by Sustainable OKC | Posted in Events | Posted on 24-02-2009


           Dear Partners and Friends,

    It is with great pleasure we offer
    you the opportunity to support RETHINK:
    an exhibit, art auction, educational event,
    and fundraiser, all rolled into one.

    is a juried art exhibit of Sustainable OKC, created to promote and encourage
    green design and sustainability. It challenges artists and designers
    to rethink objects that have reached the end of their life-cycle.
    The idea is to recycle by re-purposing and transforming said objects
    into functional or non-functional art. The idea of redesign is
    the heart and soul of the pieces that will make up RETHINK: RECYCLE:

    The art auction and fundraiser
    will take place Saturday, April 18, 2009, at IAO Gallery at 811 N. Broadway.
    Proceeds from ticket sales and art sales will benefit Sustainable OKC.
    Participating artists will retain a portion of the sale of any work
    sold but will have the option to donate 100% of the sale if they so

    We ask for your support of this
    important and transcendent exhibit RETHINK: RECYCLE: REDESIGN,
    which we believe has the power to incubate and inspire a new sustainable
    vision for the way we live in the world. As a sponsor, you will have multiple opportunities for recognition
    in addition to supporting the work this local non-profit organization,
    Sustainable OKC, in their vital work. By supporting this effort, you
    become a partner in the worldwide effort to:

    • raise awareness about the fundamental role of energy and resource conservation in achieving
      energy security and independence
    • encourage innovation and
      re-imagining the way society uses and produces things
    • educate the general public
      on all of the above — the exhibit will feature several unique and meaningful
      educational components
    • support the local economy,
      local artists and Oklahoma City’s vibrant arts scene


    Your contribution is completely
    tax-deductible, and gifts of all amounts are welcome.

    art auction and fundraiser will be mutually beneficial for everyone
    involved, but first and foremost, it will benefit our Oklahoma City
    metropolitan community. The idea of “making a difference” may seem
    overused in this day and age, yet it is the ultimate goal of this project.
    Our hope is that through this event, designers and artists, businesses,
    and individuals of all ages will be inspired to take part in preserving
    our planet now and for future generations. After all, it is the only
    home we’ve got.

    Please feel free to contact us at or to make a donation via PayPal here. You may also send checks payable to Sustainable OKC to: P.O.
    Box 54665 , OKC, OK 73154.
      We look
    forward to talking with you and thank you for your time and consideration.


    Jacine Arias & Vicki VanStavern


A Love Letter to the Written Word

Posted by Sustainable OKC | Posted in Books, Events, Lindsay Vidrine, Recycling | Posted on 20-02-2009


by Lindsay Vidrine 

In this electronic information
age of text messages and *ehem* blogs, it seems like the written word
is dying, or at least getting reduced to short-hand-friendly acronyms.

I see this slow progression
in ways large and small every day. Traditional outlets for the written
word — like newspapers and books — are moving online, while at the
same time hand-written notes or letters have been replaced by e-mails
and texts.

The shift isn’t always a
bad thing, just look at this Fresh Greens blog. It provides an
forum for idea sharing and issue awareness that brings me together with
people I
may not have otherwise known. I can even understand the environmental
advantages of saving paper and ink by publishing an online newspaper
instead of a disposable hard copy.

All that said, I couldn’t
help but feel a personal loss recently when I asked my intern to write
a letter for me, and she formatted it like an email. I went back and

explained how the date, address, structure and tone should be, but in
turn received a look like I was a fossil that belonged in a museum.

When I later mentioned my evening
plans included a book club discussion, I solidified my status as a relic
in her eyes. While I may have evoked the pity of youth, I couldn’t

help but reciprocate the same emotion. If this loss is being felt in my journalism-based
field, imagine the erosion other academic departments are facing.

This sad realization led me
to seek refuge in the one place that my hope for the written word is
consistently restored — the public library. My love for the library
started early when my mom used to take my sisters and I to go pick out
books as a treat when we were looking for summ
er entertainment. We spent
hours there, carefully making our selections and checking out the maximum
number of books allowed.

I now live near another very
busy library and gain great personal joy in seeing how well-used the
facility, books and programs are by the community. It attracts all ages
and demographics, which makes t
he people watching and the potential
for community interaction unparalleled. The library system is a tried-and-true
example of how recycling can be a symbiotic relationship and never
ceases to remind me how connected people are to the written word.

If you share the same sentiment
for the library but find yourself wanting to purchase gardening, cooking
or other books as reference, you may want to check out the Friends
of the Library
sale on February 21-22 at the state fairgrounds.
It’s the perfect place to purchase
must-have books for your personal library, plus music, movies and even
gifts for others. In true symbiotic fashion, the gently used items are
cheap and proceeds benefit the Metropolitan Library System.