Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hey Smarty Pants! A Weekend of Learning. March 29 - April 1

March 29-31: EcoFest Conference and Festival

Tulsa Community College will host their EcoFest Conference and Festival, focusing on "Our Changing Environment: Increasing Sustainability, Empowering People."  Multiple lectures will focus on a variety of topics, including Building a Sustainable Green Community and a panel focused on alternative energy during the two day conference.  The final day of the three day event will be a festival including children's activities, presentations on ideas for living green, vendors showcasing green products and cooking demos.

March 29, Center for Creativity
6:00 - 6:50 p.m.  Dr. Dorceta E. Taylor  Racism, Inequality, and the Environment:  Building a Movement and Seeking Justice
7:00 - 7:50 p.m.  Richard Mabion  Building a Sustainable Green Community
7:50 - 8:30 p.m.  Q & A
8:30 - ? p.m.     Reception
March 30, Northeast Campus Seminar Center
9:00 - 9:50 a.m.    Dr. Steve Pueppke  Our Nation's Alternative Energy Challenge:  What's It Got to Do with You?
10:00 - 10:45 a.m.  Alternative Energy Panel with Dr. Daniel Crunkleton (University of Tulsa), Tommy Henderson (Tulsa Community College), Dr. Steve Pueppke (Michigan State University)
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.   Dr. Taiawagi Helton  Tribal and State Rights to Water at the Dawn of Freshwater Scarcity
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.    Lunch
1:00 - 1:50 p.m.     Dr. Jennifer Turner  Choke Point China - Understanding the Tightening Conflict Between Water and Energy in the World's Fastest Growing Economy                    
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.     Panel Discussion plus Audience Q & A with Taiawagi Helton, Steve Pueppke, Dorceta Taylor, Jennifer Turner

March 31. Festival, sponsored by Whole Foods, AEP/PSO, and Sustainable Green Country
    -Vendors and exhibitors with information to share about what you can do to live "green."
    -Cooking demonstrations with samples!
    -Live Music!
    -Kids activities including camel rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, and Wii games.
    -Presentations on urban farming, best uses of solar energy, composting and canning.
    -Tree giveaway!
    -Tours of the Center for Excellence in Energy Innovation.
    -Health and Fitness – Take time to get your blood pressure and other important health indicators tested by the “Know Your Numbers” team.
Festival Presentations
10:15 a.m. Oklahoma Farmers Markets, Justin Whitmore
11:00 a.m. Soil Yourself: A Guide to Homemade Compost, Michael Patton
11:45 a.m. The ABC’s of Solar Energy, Todd Stephens
12:30 p.m. The Truth about Urban Farming, Jenny Thompson
1:15 p.m. Green and Safe Living, Tim Lovell
2:00 p.m. Permaculture, James Spicer

Festival Cooking Demonstrations
11:15 a.m. Chef Remmi, Cooktime with Remmi
Noon Anner, Anner’s Wellness Works
12:45 p.m. Chef Remmi, Cooktime with Remmi
1:30 p.m. Denise Madeja, Raw Intentions
Ecofest Festival Performer(s)
11:00 a.m. Bluegrassahol
Noon Dan Butchee & John O’Neil
1:00 p.m. Dr. Charlie Hill
2:00 p.m. He and She

Festival Vendors/Exhibitors
Color of Oklahoma
Flowerbeds R Us / S & M Seasonal Produce & Flowers
Land Legacy
The M.e.t.
My Rain Barrel
Natural Evolution
Newsome Farmers Market
Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden
Oklahoma Conservation Commission
Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food & Forestry
Oklahoma Native Plant Society
OSU Extension
Pace Applied Technologies
Raw Intentions
Roses, Inc. Tulsa
Sustainable Green Country
Transit Matters
Transition Tulsa
Tulsa Area Daylily Society
Tulsa Community Garden Association
Tulsa County Conservation District
Tulsa Health Department
Tulsa Master Gardeners
Tulsa Master Recyclers Association
Tulsa Partners
Tulsa Recycle & Transfer
Tulsa Rose Society
Up with Trees
Whole Foods Green Mission Team
Worms Eat My Garbage
April 1st: The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future
The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division will present Laurence C. Smith in a lecture, 7:30 p.m., on Sunday, April 1 in the Lorton Performance Center on The University of Tulsa.
Smith, a professor in the UCLA Department of Geography, will discuss his book, The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future, which presents a science-based projection of what the world might look like in the future. The first part of the book (“The Push”) identifies key world pressures and trends, for example in urbanization, population aging, energy technology, water supply, immigration, and a historic transfer of wealth and power from west to east. The second part (“The Pull”) describes the emergence of a new region, coined the “Northern Rim,” comprised of the northern United States, Canada, Greenland/Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Russian Federation (named the “NORCs”). The last part (“Alternate Endings”) explores some more extreme, but less likely potential outcomes; and the power of societal choice in shaping our future.
Smith’s research interests focus on hydrology and the effects of climate and environmental change in northern environments. His recent awards include the Walter P. Kistler Book Award, a John D. Rockefeller Bellagio Residency, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Discover Magazine Top 100 and a NASA New Investigator.
He holds a doctorate in earth and atmospheric sciences from Cornell University.
For more information about the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division or the lecture, please contact: David Nash at dtnash@aaas-swarm.org or call 918-631-2715.