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Edmond's UCO partners with nonprofit to strengthen sustainability programs

University of Central Oklahoma and Sustainable Oklahoma City join as partners to strengthen programs. The groups are big supporters of sustainable development.
From Staff Reports Published: July 8, 2014
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A new partnership between the University of Central Oklahoma and Sustainable OKC brings together two of the metro area’s biggest supporters of sustainable development, creating opportunities for greater engagement with the community.

The partnership provides opportunities for UCO to further impact sustainable practices in the metropolitan area, while assisting Sustainable OKC with administrative and operational processes.

“I like to think of the partnership as almost our responsibility as the largest metropolitan university in Oklahoma. It’s not about ‘what does SOKC bring to UCO,’ it’s about ‘what can UCO bring to sustainability in the metro?’” said Tim Tillman, sustainability coordinator at UCO.

Founded in 2005, Sustainable OKC promotes community sustainability by facilitating grassroots action, fostering awareness of sustainability and serving as an informational and networking resource in the Oklahoma City area.

The group defines sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Tillman joined the board three years ago and now serves as its president. Noting the paperwork and fees required for the volunteer-run organization to keep its nonprofit status, Tillman saw an opportunity for Sustainable OKC with the university.

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