In a time of worldwide concern about climate change and rising energy prices, and almost daily news reports about what appear to be increasingly more frequent and more devastating natural disasters, one Tulsa organization is working actively to address those issues.
Tulsa Partners, Inc, a non-profit organization focused on building a disaster-resistant community, is creating the Millennium Center for Green and Safe Living. The Center will be at the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum and will be a unique demonstration project profiling the most contemporary disaster resistant building technologies and products combined with environmentally sustainable approaches and building products. In addition it will showcase family-friendly exhibits that will demonstrate to children and adults alike the awesome power of nature and the necessity of environmental stewardship.
And now two local companies are providing additional support for this exciting project. In a ceremony at the Tulsa Zoo on January 3rd at 11:00 a.m., State Farm Insurance and Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) are both making a major announcement regarding their support for the Millennium Center.
State Farm has been active in developing the concept of the Millennium Center and providing leadership as it has progressed. “This will truly be a ‘one of a kind’ exhibit that will help zoo visitors gain a greater appreciation for nature and protecting the environment while promoting safer, stronger building technologies” says Stephanie Colegrove, Vice President Operations. “We are extremely excited and proud to be involved in this project.”
PSO’s participation in the Millennium Center focuses on the public education aspects of the project. “We are very happy to be part of an effort that will demonstrate the benefits of home construction that is disaster resistant, energy efficient, environmentally sound and cost effective,” says Steve Penrose, Manager, Region Support. “This project will benefit the entire community.”
Two Tulsans have been brought on board as staff for the development of this exciting project. Bob Roberts, a disaster-mitigation consultant with R.D. Flanagan & Associates, will serve as Project Manager and Corey Williams, Executive Director of Sustainable Tulsa, will serve as Development Director.