Tulsa, OK

Tulsa, OK

Tulsa has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2015, when Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. signed the Declaration of Service and committed to implementing impact volunteering initiatives. Under the mayor’s leadership and the project team’s hard work, Tulsa is leveraging volunteers to make a real impact in improving resilience. The city operates several programs to improve sustainability, including curbside recycling, green waste drop off sites, and education programs that teach residents how to dispose of pollutants.

Tulsa is one of the ten cities to take part in the Resilience AmeriCorps program. The city will receive human capital, financial, and technical support to develop environmental and social resilience in low-income communities.

To learn more about the great work taking place in Tulsa, visit cityoftulsa.org and follow at @cityoftulsagov.

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Resilience AmeriCorps

The specific climate and environmental stressors affecting Tulsa include tornadoes, flooding, and intense winter storms along with air and water pollution. Further complicating these environmental challenges are social and economic problems including failing and aging infrastructure, pronounced poverty, and a lack of educational infrastructure. Tulsa has greatly reduced flood vulnerabilities by removing over 12,000 homes and businesses from the floodplain; detailed Master Drainage Plans for each of its 56 creeks and drainage basins paired with investment of over $500 million in structural and non-structural flood protection has helped them achieve this.

The City of Tulsa will create impact volunteering initiatives to further tackle these problems through the Resilience AmeriCorps program. Resilience AmeriCorps VISTA members' activities may include convening a comprehensive group of community stakeholders to update and consolidate the various plans which currently exist within the City, and possibly develop and implement an overarching and sustainable resilience strategy for the citizens of Tulsa.

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