Oklahoma Green Schools event on Thursday

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality’s Fourth
Annual Green Schools Summit will be held Thursday at the Riverfield Country Day School in Tulsa.

The Summit is the largest annual event focused on greening efforts in Oklahoma schools. Some 118 students representing 13 schools throughout the state will learning about starting a “Green Team” to make environmental improvements at their schools.

Riverfield Country Day School will present examples of the school’s successful greening efforts. The participating schools are from Broken Arrow, Claremore, Collinsville, Jenks, Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

The Summit will include student presentations, tours of the school’s vegetable gardens, compost bins, and recycling programs. Information will be provided by 15 Oklahoma organizations with resources for schools looking to continue their greening efforts.

Keynote speaker will be Graham Brannin with the Metropolitan Environmental Trust. He will discuss composting and recycling issues in Oklahoma and share information about how schools can incorporate composting and recycling programs.

The Oklahoma Green Schools program is a statewide effort to bring free environmental expertise to schools to make them greener and healthier places to learn while conserving resources and saving money.